Joseph A. Schwartz

Associate Professor
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Joseph Schwartz’s research is focused on the interplay between biological and environmental influences in the development of behavior and health outcomes across major stages of the life course. 

Research Interests

Biosocial Criminology | Life-course/Developmental Criminology | Traumatic Brain Injury | Behavioral Endocrinology | Behavior Genetics | Quantitative Research Methods | Criminological Theory


Ph.D. 2014, Florida State University; Criminology and Criminal Justice

M.A. 2009, California State University, San Bernardino; Criminal Justice

B.A. 2007, California State University, San Bernardino; Criminal Justice


Examining the Role of Physiological and Psychological Responses to Critical Incidents in Prisons in the Development of Mental Health Problems among Correctional Officers. National Institute of Justice (#2017-R2-CX-0032), $787,907, Co-Principal Investigator (with Benjamin Steiner).

Selected Publications

Schwartz, Joseph A. (In Press). A Longitudinal Assessment of Head Injuries as a Source of Acquired Neuropsychological Deficits and the Implications for Criminal Persistence.  Justice Quarterly. DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2019.1599044.

Schwartz, Joseph A., Brittni Fitter, and Christopher A. Jodis (In Press). The Detrimental Impact of Brain Injury on Moral Decision Making: Results from A Quasi-Experimental Within-Individual Longitudinal Analysis.  Journal of Experimental Criminology. Forthcoming.

Schwartz, Joseph A., Jukka Savolainen, Douglas A. Granger, & Jessica L. Calvi. (2020). Is Crime Bad for Your Health? The Link between Delinquent Offending and Cardiometabolic Risk. Crime & Delinquency, 66(10), 1347-1368. DOI: 10.1177/0011128720903048.

Schwartz, Joseph A., Starr Solomon*, & Bradon A. Valgardson. (2019). Socialization, Selection, or Both? The Role of Gene-Environment Interplay in the Association between Exposure to Antisocial Peers and Delinquency. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 35(1), 1-26.

Schwartz, Joseph A., Scott Jessick, Douglas A. Granger, & Jessica L. Calvi. (2019). Co-Twin Relationship Quality as a Moderator of Genetic and Environmental Factors on Urinary Cortisol Levels among Adult Twins.  Psychoneuroendocrinology, 108, 118-126.


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Tuesday: 7:30AM - 9:30AM
Thursday: 7:30AM - 9:30AM

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