Molly Buchanan received her Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of Florida. Her work focuses on developmental and life-course criminology, intergenerational transmission of antisocial behaviors, and evidence-based interventions with particular attention in the areas of corrections, juvenile delinquency and best practices for criminal justice processes and policies.

Research Interests

Developmental, Life-Course Criminology | Evidence-Based Policy, Practice, Prevention, and Intervention | Corrections | Gangs


Ph.D. 2016, University of Florida; Criminology, Law and Society

M.S. 2012, Northeastern University; Criminal Justice

B.A. 2008, Framingham State University; Psychology


2015 Pre-doctoral Fellowship. Summer Research Fellowship, UF College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, UF Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law, $3,300 + tuition waiver

2013 Co-Investigator. The effectiveness of sociological theories of deviance in explaining deviant behavior among college students. U.S.-Japan Research Grant with Professor Marvin D. Krohn (UF) and Professor Emiko Kobayashi (Kanazawa University, Japan), $5,000

2012 Grant Writer and Team Leader. Using the death penalty: Should we flip the switch? Bob Graham Center Civil Debate Wall Research Grant, UF, $1,500

Selected Publications

Fagan, A., & Buchanan, M. (2016). What works in crime prevention? A comparison and critical review of three crime prevention registries. Criminology and Public Policy, 15(3), 617-649.

Thornberry, T. P., Krohn, M. D., Bears-Augustyn, M., Buchanan, M., & Greenman, S. (2015). The impact of adolescent risk behavior on partner relationships. Advances in Life Course Research, Special Issue on Offending and Families, 28, 6-21.

Krohn, M. D., Buchanan, M., Davis, A. (2015). Life-course criminology. In J. Wright (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd ed.) (pp. 59-66).Oxford, U.K.: Elsevier.

Eassey, J. M., & Buchanan, M. (2015). Fleas and feathers: The role of peers in the study of juvenile delinquency. In M. Krohn & J. Lane (Eds.) The Handbook of Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (pp. 199-212). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.