Fox, Bryanna

Fox, Bryanna

Dr. Bryanna Fox is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology and Faculty Affiliate of the Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida.  Dr. Fox earned her PhD from the University of Cambridge and is a former FBI Special Agent. Her research focuses on the identification of psychological and developmental risk factors for criminal behavior and prolific offending, experimental field research, and evidence-based policing and crime prevention strategies. She has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in outlets such as: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, Criminal Justice & Behavior, Law & Society Review, andPsychological Bulletin.


Dr. Fox is Co-Editor of Justice Quarterly and a member of Editorial Boards for Criminology & Public Policy, Criminal Justice & Behavior, Youth Violence & Juvenile Justice, Policing: An International Journal, and theJournal of Criminal Justice. She is Director and Founder of the SPRUCE Research Lab, and on the Executive Board of the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology. She received the 2017 Early Career Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, the 2019 Outstanding Research Achievement Award from the University of South Florida, 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.


Interested in research with Dr. Fox? Contact SPRUCE Research Lab:
SPRUCE 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. We accept new members each semester. Please submit your application at least 4 weeks prior to the new semester. Applications submitted online via the website above.


For media requests, please contact Dr. Fox directly by email at, or request her contact information from the USF Criminology Department between 8am and 4pm at 813-974-9708.


Select Publications by Dr. Fox:

Fox, B., Moule, R. K., Jaynes, C. & Parry, M. (2020). Are the effects of legitimacy and its components invariant? Operationalization and the generality of Sunshine and Tyler’s empowerment hypothesis. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, doi: 10.1177/0022427820926228.

Leiber, M., Fox, B., Escue, M., Krupa, J., & Cochran, J. (2020). Race/ethnicity and the effects of prior case outcomes on current dispositions: Continuity and change in the dispositional careers of juvenile offenders.  Justice Quarterly, doi: 10.1080/07418825.2020.1781232.

Miley, L., Fox, B., Muniz, C., Perkins, R., & DeLisi, M. (2019, in press). Does childhood victimization predict specific adolescent offending? An analysis of generality versus specificity in the victim-offender overlap. Child Abuse & Neglect.

Moule, R.K., Burruss, G., Parry, M., & Fox, B. (2019). Assessing the direct and indirect effects of legitimacy on public empowerment of police: A study of public support for police militarization in America. Law & Society Review, 53(1), 77-107.

Muniz, C., Fox, B., Miley, L., DeLisi, M., Cigarran, G., & Birnbaum, A. (2019). The effects of adverse childhood experiences on internalizing versus externalizing outcomes: A propensity score matching approach. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 46(4), 568-589.

Fox, B., & DeLisi, M. (2019). Psychopathic killers: A meta-analytic review of the psychopathy-homicide nexus. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 44, 67-79.

Fox, B., Verona, E., & Fournier, L. (2019). Psychological assessment of risk in a county jail: Implications for reentry, recidivism, and detention practices in the United States. Journal of Criminal Psychology, 9(4), 173-186.

Fox, B., & Farrington, D. P. (2018). What have we learned from offender profiling?: A systematic review and meta-analysis of 40 years of research. Psychological Bulletin, 144, 1247-1274.

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

Fox, B., Moule, R. K., & Parry, M. (2018). Categorically complex: A latent class analysis of public perceptions of police militarization. Journal of Criminal Justice, 58, 33-46.

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

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., & 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., 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.

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