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Faculty Directory » Dara C. Drawbridge

Behavioral Sciences

Office Hours:

Semester: Fall 2020
By appointment. Contact Dr. Drawbridge.

Office Information:

Room Number: McKay 240
Phone: 978.665.3944
Email: ddrawbri@fitchburgstate.edu

Courses Taught:

Intro to Criminal Justice (CJ1000)
Theory & Practices of Policing (CJ 2050)
Psychology of Crime (CJ 3242)


Post-Doctoral Associate, University of Massachusetts Medical School (Center of Excellence for Specialty Courts, Law & Psychiatry Program)
Ph.D., Northeastern University (Criminology & Justice Policy)
M.A., John Jay College of Criminal Justice (Forensic Psychology)
B.S., Worcester State University (Psychology)

Research Interests:

Risk assessment
Risk reduction
Drug courts
Sexual violence
Behavioral analysis of violent crime

Representative Publications:

Journal Articles

Davis, M. et al. (2019). "The Validity of Risk Assessment Instruments for Transition-Age Youth." Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 87(2), pp. 171-183. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000366

Drawbridge, D. et al. (2019). "Implementation of Risk-Need-Responsivity Principles Into Probation Case Planning." Law & Human Behavior, 43(5), pp. 455-467. doi: 10.1037/lhb0000351

Drawbridge, D. et al. (2018). "Building and sustaining researcher-practitioner partnerships: A corrections example." American Journal of Criminal Justice, 43(3), pp. 627-640. doi.org/10.1007/s12103-018-9432-z

Book Chapters

Cuevas, C. & Drawbridge, D. (2016). "Interventions, Policies, and Future Research Directions in Sexual Violence." In C.A. Cuevas & C. M. Rennison (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook on the Psychology of Violence (pp. 533 – 546). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Cuevas, C. et al. (2016). "The Four Preconditions Model: An Assessment." In D.P. Boer (Ed.), The Wiley Handbook on the Theories, Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Offending (pp. 25 – 52). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Drawbridge, D. et al. (2012). "Second Chance? Correctional Programming in the Age of Reentry." In M.S. Crow & J.O. Smykla (Eds.), Offender Reentry: Rethinking Criminology and Criminal Justice. Jones & Bartlett Learning.


Cheung, C. et al. (2014). "Offender Programming: A Comparison of Disciplinary Report Frequency." Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.

Cheung, C. et al. (2014). "Recidivism Rates Among Released Offenders from a Massachusetts Correctional Facility." American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

Drawbridge, D. (2010). "Catathymic Homicide: A Descriptive Analysis." Behavioral Science Unit – John Jay College Inaugural Homicide and Violence Collaborative Research Conference. Baltimore, MD.

Drawbridge, D. & Salfati, C.G. (2015). "Conceptualizing Expressiveness and Instrumentality in Homicide: An Examination of Individual Behaviors." American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.

Drawbridge, D. & Salfati, C.G. (2014). "Homicide Classification: The Expressive/Instrumental Classification and Hybrid Crime Scenes." Profiling and Linking Panel at the Intersection of Theory and Practice at American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

Drawbridge, D. et al. (2012). "Offender Re-entry: An Assessment of Opportunity and Participation in Programming." American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.

Drawbridge, D. et al. (2009). "A Comparison of Excessive Violence in Juvenile Homicide Crime Scene Behaviors." American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.

Professional Affiliations:

ASC - American Society of Criminology
ASCDCS - Division of Corrections and Sentencing
DLCCRIM - Division of Developmental and Life-course Criminology
HRWG - Homicide Research Working Group