Skip to main content

Fitchburg State uses technology to gather information and better understand visitors’ experiences. By continuing to use this website, you consent to this usage in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Faculty Directory » Dara C. Drawbridge

Behavioral Sciences

Office Hours:

Semester: Fall 2019
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Office Information:

Room Number: MCK 240
Phone: (978) 665-3944

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:

Drawbridge, D., Todorovic, K., Winters, G.M., & Vincent, G.M. (in press). "Implementation of Risk-Need-Responsivity Principles Into Probation Case Planning," Law & Human Behavior.

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

Drawbridge, D., Taheri, S.A. & Frost, N.A. (2018). "Building and sustaining researcher-practitioner partnerships: A corrections example," American Journal of Criminal Justice, 43(3), 627-640.

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

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

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

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

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

Strah, B., Drawbridge, D., Taheri, S., Rodriquez-Meade, R., Cheung, C., & Frost, N. (2014, November). "Recidivism Rates Among Released Offenders from a Massachusetts Correctional Facility," Paper presented at American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Taheri, S., Rodriquez-Meade, R., Cheung, C., Drawbridge, D., & Frost, N. (2014, February). "Offender Programming: A Comparison of Disciplinary Report Frequency," Paper presented at Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Drawbridge, D., Rodriquez-Meade, R. & Frost, N. (2012, November). "Offender Re-entry: An Assessment of Opportunity and Participation in Programming," Paper presented at American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

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

Scherer, A., Drawbridge, D., & Salfati, G. (2009, November). "A Comparison of Excessive Violence in Juvenile Homicide Crime Scene Behaviors," Poster presented at the 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