Fox, Bryanna

Fox, Bryanna

Dr. Bryanna Fox is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology and Courtesy Professor in the Department of Mental Health, Law, and Policy at the University of South Florida.  Dr. Fox earned her Ph.D. in psychological criminology from the University of Cambridge in England.  She is a former FBI Special Agent, former research consultant for the FBI's Field Investigation Group in Tampa, and former research fellow in the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit (BSU) in Quantico, Virginia.  Her main research interests relate to the identification of psychological and developmental risk factors for criminal behavior, developing evidence-based tools for law enforcement, and conducting experimental field research. 

Dr. Fox is the recipient of the 2017 Early Career Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, and USF’s College of Behavioral and Community Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award in 2018.

Her research has been recognized with the 2018 Outstanding Paper Award for her article in the Journal of Criminal Psychology, the 2014 Nigel Walker Prize for Outstanding PhD Research from the University of Cambridge and the 2013 Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for her experimental study on statistical behavioral analysis in law enforcement investigations.

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SPRUCE: Social and Psychological Research for Understanding Crime Etiology
This laboratory conducts research on the psychological and developmental risk factors for criminal behavior, develops evidence-based tools and training for law enforcement, and engages USF students in the research and implementation process in collaboration with law enforcement agencies across Florida.

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Select Research and Publications by Dr. Fox:

Topic: Criminal Psychology & Offender Profiling

Fox, B.H. (2017). What makes a difference?: Evaluating the key distinctions and predictors of sexual and non-sexual offending among male and female juvenile offenders. Journal of Criminal Psychology, 7, 134-150.

Fox, B.H. (2017). It’s nature and nurture: Integrating biological and genetic factors into Social Learning Theory of criminal behavior. Journal of Criminal Justice, 49, 22-31.

Fox, B.H., & Farrington, D.P. (2015). An experimental evaluation of the utility of burglary profiles applied in active police investigations. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 42, 156-175.

Fox, B.H., & Farrington, D.P. (2012). Creating burglary profiles using latent class analysis: A new approach to offender profiling. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 39, 1582-1611.

Fox, B.H., & DeLisi, M. (2018). From criminological heterogeneity to coherent classes: Developing a typology of juvenile sex offenders. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 16, 299-318.

DeLisi, M., Fox, B.H., Fully, M., & Vaughn, M. (2018). The effects of temperament, psychopathy, and childhood trauma among delinquent youth: A test of DeLisi and Vaughn’s temperament-based theory of crime. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 57, 53-60.

Fox, B.H., & Farrington, D.P. (2016). Behavioral consistency among serial burglars: Evaluating offense style specialization using three analytical approaches. Crime & Delinquency, 62, 1123-1158.

Fox, B.H., & Farrington, D.P. (2016). Is the development of offenders related to crime scene behaviors for burglary?: Including situational influences in developmental and life-course theories of crime. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 60, 1897-1927.

Jennings, W., Rocque, M., Fox, B.H., Piquero, A.R., & Farrington, D.P. (2016.) Can they recover? An assessment of adult adjustment problems among males in the abstainer, recovery, LCP, and AL pathways followed up to age 56 in the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development. Development and Psychopathology, 28, 537-549.

Fox, B.H., Jennings, W., & Farrington, D.P. (2015). Bringing psychopathy into developmental and life-course criminology theories and research. Journal of Criminal Justice, 43, 274-289.

Fox, B.H., Perez, N. Cass, L., Baglivio, M., & Epps, N. (2015). Trauma changes everything: Examining the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and serious, violent and chronic juvenile offenders. Child Abuse & Neglect, 46, 163-173.

Jeanis, M., Fox, B.H., & Muniz, C. (Forthcoming.) Revitalizing profiles of runaways: A latent class analysis of delinquent runaway youth. Child and Adolescent Social Work.

Topic: Policing and Prevention

Fox, B.H., Moule, R. K., & Parry, M. (Forthcoming.) Categorically complex: A latent class analysis of public perceptions of police militarization. Journal of Criminal Justice.

Moule, R., Fox, B.H., & Parry, M. (2018). The long shadow of Ferguson: Legitimacy, legal cynicism, and public perceptions of police militarization. Crime & Delinquency.

Turner, F., & Fox, B.H. (2017). Public servants or police soldiers? An analysis of opinions on the militarization of policing from police executives, law enforcement, and members of the 114th congress U.S. house of representatives. Police Practice and Research. doi: 10.1080/15614263.2017.1371600.

Coupe, R. T., & Fox, B.H. (2015). A risky business: How do access, exposure and guardians affect the chances of non-residential burglars being seen? Security Journal, 28, 71-92.

Fox, B.H., Farrington, D.P., & Ttofi, M. (2013). Successful bullying prevention programs: Influence of research design implementation features, and program components. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 6, 273-283.

Topic: Advanced Statistical Analyses & Methods

Fox, B.H., & Jennings, W. (2014). How to write a methodology and results section. Journal of Criminal Justice & Education, 25, 137-156.

Jennings, W., Fox, B.H., & Farrington, D.P. (2014). Inked into crime? An examination of the causal relationship between tattoos and life-course offending among males from the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development. Journal of Criminal Justice, 42, 77-84.

Scheitle, C., Moule, R. K., & Fox, B.H. (Forthcoming.) Googling in fear: Measuring moral panic using internet searches before and after Obama’s 2008 election. Deviant Behavior.

Scheitle, C., & Hahn, B. (2011). From the pews to policy: Specifying religion’s influence on states’ treatment of sexual orientation. Social Forces, 89, 913-933.