Hay’s research examines the causes and prevention of crime with special attention to the family environment, the development of self-control, and policy efforts to reduce juvenile crime.

Research Interests

Empirical test of theories of crime causation | Causes and consequences of low self-control | Life course criminology | Delinquency-reduction policy and programming | Offender re-entry

Education

Ph.D. 1999, The University of Texas at Austin; Sociology

M.A. 1995, The University of Texas at Austin; Sociology

B.A. 1993, Southwestern University; Economics

Grants

Residential Positive Achievement Change Tool (R-PACT) Validation. Awarded in 2012, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice ($82,659).

Scholarships for Service for FSU M.S. Computer Criminology and CNSA Students and Supplement (Co-PI; PI: Michael Burmester). Awarded in 2013, National Science Foundation ($1,393,866).

Recent Publications

Meldrum, Ryan, J. C. Barnes, and Carter Hay. 2015. “Sleep Deprivation, Low Self-Control, and Delinquency: A Test of the Strength Model of Self-Control” Journal of Youth and Adolescence 44:465-477.

Hay, Carter, Xia Wang, Emily Ciaravolo, and Ryan Meldrum . 2015. “Inside the Black Box: Identifying the Variables that Mediate the Effects of a Comprehensive Intervention on Delinquency” Crime and Delinquency 61:243-270.

Wang, Xia, Hay, Carter, Todak, Natalie Erin, and William D. Bales . 2014. “Criminal Propensity, Social Context, and Recidivism: A Multilevel Analysis of Interactive Relationships” Criminal Justice and Behavior, 41:3, 300-317.

Colby L. Valentine, Carter Hay, Kevin M. Beaver, Thomas G. Blomberg. 2013. “Through a Computational Lens: Using Dual Computer-Criminology Degree Programs to Advance Criminology and Criminal Justice Practice” Security Informatics.

Ryan C. Meldrum, J. C. Barnes, Carter Hay. 2013. “Sleep Deprivation, Low Self-Control, and Delinquency: A Test of the Strength Model of Self-Control” Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Selected Publications

Hay, Carter, and Ryan Meldrum. "Self-Control and Crime: An Integrated Life-Course Perspective." Under contract with Sage Publications.

Jackson, Dylan, and Carter Hay. “The Conditional Impact of Official Labeling on Subsequent Delinquency: Considering the Attenuating Role of Family Attachment.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 50:300-322.

Hay, Carter, and Walter Forrest. 2008. “Self-Control and The Concept of Opportunity: The Case for a More Systematic Union.” Criminology 46:1039-1072.

Hay, Carter, Edward Fortson, Dusten Hollist, Irshad Altheimer, and Lonnie Schaible. 2006. “The Impact of Community Disadvantage on the Relationship between the Family and Juvenile Crime.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 43:326-356.

Hay, Carter, and Walter Forrest. 2006. “The Development of Self-Control: Examining Self-Control Theory's Stability Thesis.” Criminology 44:739-774.