Faculty Profile for Dr. Christopher Joseph Sullivan

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Dr. Christopher Joseph Sullivan
School Director - Professor — School of Criminal Justice & Criminology
phone: (512) 245-3341

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Christopher J. Sullivan is Professor and Director of the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Texas State University. He has been Co-Editor of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency since 2017. He received his doctorate in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University in 2005. Prior to becoming the Director at Texas State, Dr. Sullivan was a professor and Graduate Program Director at the University of Cincinnati. He has published more than 90 journal articles and book chapters. His recent co-authored work has appeared in Youth Violence & Juvenile Justice, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Children & Youth Services Review, Justice Quarterly, and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology. He is author of Taking Juvenile Justice Seriously: Developmental Insights and System Challenges (Temple University Press, 2019), which was selected as an Outstanding Contribution by the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Developmental and Life Course Criminology in 2020. He is co-author of the 2021 book, Juvenile Risk and Needs Assessment: Theory, Research, Policy, and Practice (Routledge). Dr. Sullivan has been named a 250th Anniversary Fellow at Rutgers University and a Fellow of the Graduate School at the University of Cincinnati for his research and has received award recognition for his mentoring and teaching of graduate students and academic service. Since 2000, he has been data analyst or Principal Investigator (PI) on numerous federally or state-funded evaluations of diversion programs, treatment interventions, and juvenile drug courts. He has led research projects on developmental and life-course criminology and juvenile justice topics which were funded by the State of Ohio, National Institute of Justice, and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Teaching Interests

Juvenile Justice, Life-Course Criminology, Research Methods, Statistics and Data Analysis

Research Interests

Developmental and Life-Course Criminology; Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice; Research and Analytic Methods

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Sullivan, C. J., & Childs, K. K. (2021). Juvenile Risk and Needs Assessment: Theory, Research, Policy, and Practice. New York: Routledge.
  • Park, I., & Sullivan, C. J. (2021). Youth in Adult and Juvenile Correctional Facilities: Comparison of Services and Behavioral Management. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 08874034211014927.
  • Mueller, D. J., Sullivan, C. J., & McManus, H. D. (2020). Disproportionate experiences in custody? An examination of minority youths’ outcomes in secure facilities. Justice Quarterly, 37(2), 332--357.
  • Sullivan, C. J. (2019). Taking Juvenile Justice Seriously: Developmental Insights and System Challenges. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
  • Thomas, K. J., McGloin, J. M., & Sullivan, C. J. (2019). Quantifying the likelihood of false positives: Using sensitivity analysis to bound statistical inference. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 35(4), 631--662.