Richard Wiebe

Behavioral Sciences School of Arts and Sciences
Richard Wiebe, PhD, Criminal Justice, Behavioral Sciences
978.665.3356 Office: McKay 206C
Office Hours
Spring 2024

Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. and Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Criminal Justice (CJ 1000)
Criminal Justice Research Methods (CJ 2130)
Juvenile Justice (CJ 2600)
Ethics in Criminal Justice (CJ 2651)
Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crime (CJ 3000)
Organized Crime and Youth Gangs (CJ 3100)
Criminal Justice Data Analysis (CJ 3140)
White Collar and Corporate Crime (CJ 3200)
Psychology of Crime (CJ 3242)
Crime & Delinquency Prevention (CJ 3250)
Colloquium (CJ 4100)
Program Evaluation
Crime in the Media


Ph.D., University of Arizona (Psychology), 1998
M.A., University of Arizona (Psychology), 1997
J.D., University of Buffalo, 1983
B.A., State University of New York Binghamton (Psychology), 1978

Crime & personality
Person-environment interactions
Adolescent risk behaviors
Future uncertainty
Child maltreatment

Genetic and environmental risk factors for low self-control
Self-narrative, self-identity, and college performance
Facilitating synergy: The heart of criminal justice


Wiebe, R. P., Griffin, A. M., Zheng, Y., & Harris, K. S., and Cleveland, H. H. (2018). Twelve steps, two factors: Coping strategies moderate the association between craving and daily 12-step use in a College Recovery Community. Substance Use & Misuse, 53, 114-127. 

Cleveland, H. H., Griffin, A. M., Wolf, P. S. A., Wiebe, R. P., Schlomer, G. L., Feinberg, M. E., Greenberg, M. T., Spoth, R. L., Redmond, C., & Vandenbergh, D. J. (2018). Transactions between substance use intervention, the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR), and peer substance use predicting youth alcohol use. Prevention Science, 19, 15-26. 

Cleveland, H. H., Schlomer, G. L., Vandenbergh, D. J., & Wiebe, R. P. (2016). Gene x intervention designs. Criminology & Public Policy, 15, 711-720. 

Cleveland, H. H., Wiebe, R. P., McGuire, J. K., & Zheng, Y. (2015). Predicting the drinking of minority adolescents from their exposure to White schoolmates: Differences and similarities among Hispanic, Black, and Asian adolescents. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 14, 166-186. 

Zheng, Y., Wiebe, R. P., Cleveland, H. H., Molenaar, P. C. M., & Harris, K. S. (2013). An idiographic examination of day-to-day patterns of substance use craving, negative affect and tobacco use among young adults in recovery. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 48, 241-266. 

Grahe, J. E., Reifman, A., Hermann, A., Walker, M., Oleson, K. C., Nario-Redmond, M., & Wiebe, R. P. (2012). Harnessing the undiscovered resource of student research projects. Perspectives in Psychological Science, 7, 600-602. 

Wiebe, R. P. (2012). Integrating criminology through adaptive strategy and life history theory. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 28, 346-365. 

Cleveland, H. H., & Wiebe, R. P. (2008). Understanding the progression from adolescent marijuana use to young adult serious drug use: Gateway effect or developmental trajectory? Development and Psychopathology, 20, 615-632. 

Caldwell, R., Wiebe, R. P., & Cleveland, H. H. (2006). The influence of future certainty and contextual factors on delinquent behavior and school adjustment among African American adolescents. Journal of Youth & Adolescence, 35, 591-602. 

Vazsonyi, A. T., Cleveland, H. H., & Wiebe, R. P. (2006). Does the relationship between impulsivity and delinquency vary by neighborhood disadvantage? Criminal Justice & Behavior, 33, 511-541. 

Wiebe, R. P. (2006). Using an expanded measure of self-control to predict delinquency. Psychology, Crime & Law, 12, 519-536. 

Cleveland, H. H. Wiebe, R. P., & Rowe, D. C. (2005). Sources of adolescent exposure to tobacco- and alcohol-using friends: A behavioral genetic evaluation. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 66, 153-170. Reprinted in K. M. Beaver & A. Walsh (Eds.), Biosocial theories of crime (pp. 253-271). New York: Routledge. 

Wiebe, R. P. (2004). Delinquent behavior and the Five-Factor Model: Hiding in the adaptive landscape? Individual Differences Research, 2, 38-62. Reprinted in Canter, D. (2014), Criminal Psychology. London: Sage. 

Wiebe, R. P. (2004). Expanding the model of human nature underlying the General Theory of Crime: Implications for the constructs of self-control and opportunity. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 37, 65-84. 

Wiebe, R. P. (2004). Psychopathy and sexual coercion: A Darwinian analysis. Counseling and Clinical Psychology Journal 1, 23-41. 

Wiebe, R. P. (2004)Book review essay: Biology and behavior. Criminal Justice Review, 29, 196-205. 

Cleveland, H. H., & Wiebe, R, P. (2003). The moderation of adolescent to peer similarity in tobacco and alcohol use by school levels of substance use. Child Development, 74, 279-291. 

Cleveland, H. H., & Wiebe, R. P. (2003)The moderation of genetic and shared environmental influences on adolescent drinking by levels of parental drinking. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 64, 182-194. 

Wiebe, R. P. (2003). Reconciling psychopathy and low self-control. Justice Quarterly, 20, 297-336. 

Cleveland, H. H., Wiebe, R. P., van den Oord, E, & Rowe, D. C. (2000). Behavior problems among children from different family structures: The influence of genetic self-selection. Child Development 71, 733-751. 


Cleveland, H.H., Harris, K. S., and Wiebe, R. P. (Eds.) (2010). Substance abuse recovery in college: Community supported abstinence. Cambridge, MA: Springer. 

Book Chapters 

Beaver, K. M., Vaughn, M. G., DeLisi, M., Wright, J. P., Wiebe, R. P., Cleveland, H. H., & Walsh, A. (2014). The heritability of common risk and protective factors to crime and delinquency. In M. DeLisi & K. M. Beaver (Eds.), Criminological theory: A life-course approach (2nd ed.) (pp. 99-114). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

 Wiebe, R. P. (2011). The nature and utility of low self-control. In K. M. Beaver & A. Walsh (Eds.), The Ashgate research companion to biosocial theories of crime (pp. 369-395). Farnham, UK: Ashgate. 

Cleveland, H. H., Wiebe, R. P., and Wiersma, J. D. (2010). How membership in the Collegiate Recovery Community maximizes social support for abstinence and reduces risk for relapse. In H. H. Cleveland, K. S. Harris, & R. P. Wiebe (Eds.), Substance abuse recovery in college: Community supported abstinence (pp. 97-111). Cambridge, MA: Springer. 

Russell, M., Cleveland, H. H., & Wiebe, R. P. (2010). Facilitating identity development in college recovery: An Eriksonian perspective. In H. H. Cleveland, K. S. Harris, & R. P. Wiebe (Eds.), Substance abuse recovery in college: Community supported abstinence (pp. 23-35)Cambridge, MA: Springer. 

Wiebe, R. P., Dean, L. R., & Cleveland, H. H. (2010). Maintaining abstinence in college: Temptations and tactics. In H. H. Cleveland, K. S. Harris, & R. P. Wiebe (Eds.), Substance abuse recovery in college: Community supported abstinence (pp. 57-75)Cambridge, MA: Springer. 

Wiebe, R. P., Cleveland, H. H., & Harris, K. S. (2010). The need for college recovery services. In H. H. Cleveland, K. S. Harris, & R. P. Wiebe (Eds.), Substance abuse recovery in college: Community supported abstinence (pp. 1-8)Cambridge, MA: Springer. 

Wiebe, R. P. (2009). PsychopathyIn A. Walsh & K. M. Beaver (Eds.), Biosocial criminology: New directions in theory and research (pp. 225-242). New York: Routledge. 

Wiebe, R. P. (1996). The mental health implications of crime victims' rights. In B. D. Sales & D. W. Shuman (Eds.), Law, policy, and mental disorder.  (pp. 414-438). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole. Reprinted in: D. A. Wexler & B. Winick (1996), Law in a therapeutic key. (pp. 213-241). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.


ASC - American Society of Criminology
SRCD - Society for Research in Child Development