Skip Navigation

Carter Hay

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.

Carter Hay

Director of the Graduate Program
307A Eppes Hall


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, Georgetown, Texas; Economics

Courses Taught

  • Survey of Criminological Theory
  • Correlates of Crime
  • Proseminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Professional Development in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Justice
  • Criminal and Delinquent Behavior
  • Juvenile Delinquency

Research Interests

  • Empirical testing of theories of crime causation
  • Family- and parenting-related causes of adolescent crime
  • The development of self-control and its implications for crime
  • The application of criminological theory to crime control policy

Select 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 Ryan Meldrum. 2010. “Bullying Victimization and Adolescent Self-Harm: Testing Hypotheses from General Strain Theory.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence 39:446-459
  • 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.
  • Hay, Carter. 2001. “Parenting, Low Self-Control, and Delinquency: A Test of Self-Control Theory.” Criminology 39:707-736.


  • Residential Positive Achievement Change Tool (R-PACT) Validation. Awarded in 2012, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice ($82,659).
  • Graduate Student Training in the Responsible Conduct of Criminological Research. Awarded in 2009, FSU Office of Graduate Studies ($4,507).