Before coming to FSU, Joseph A. Schwartz was an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at University of Nebraska at Omaha. His research interests include life-course/developmental criminology, behavior genetics, and biosocial criminology, with a particular emphasis on the combination of biological and environmental influences on the development of criminal behavior. He is a founding member and current executive officer of the Biosocial Criminology Association. He recently received funding from the National Institute of Justice to examine the impact of critical incident exposure on overall stress as well as physical and mental health in corrections officers. His works appear in outlets spanning multiple disciplines including Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Criminal Justice & Behavior, Journal of Youth & Adolescence, Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Adolescent Health, and Developmental Psychology. His research has also been featured in multiple media outlets including CNN, US News & World Report, NPR, Scientific American, and The Huffington Post.
More than 60 co-authored publications were published by FSU Criminology students and faculty in the last six years.