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Kevin Beaver

Beaver's research examines the biosocial underpinnings to antisocial behaviors. He has employed behavioral genetic and molecular genetic methodologies to unpack the gene-environmental basis to a range of criminal and delinquent outcomes.

He is the past recipient of the American Society of Criminology Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award and the National Institute of Justice's graduate research fellowship. Beaver has published more than 150 articles and more than 25 book chapters and is the author/editor of 10 books, including Biosocial Criminology: A Primer (Kendall/Huent, 2009). His research has appeared in journals as diverse as American Journal of Public Health, Biological Psychiatry, Criminology, Developmental Psychology, and Sexual Abuse.

Kevin Beaver

Associate Professor
Director of The Distance Learning Program
315C Eppes Hall

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Ph.D. 2006, University of Cincinnati; Criminal Justice
MS. 2001, University of Cincinnati; Criminal Justice
BA. 2000, Ohio University; Sociology

Courses Taught

  • Biosocial Criminology
  • Criminal Justice Statistics
  • Human Behavior
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Life-Course Criminology

Research Interests

  • Biosocial Criminology
  • Genetic/biological correlates of offending
  • Life-course/developmental criminology
  • Stability of violent behaviors

Select Publications

  • Beaver, Kevin M. 2011. “Environmental Moderators of Genetic Influences on Adolescent Delinquent Involvement and Victimization.” Journal of Adolescent Research, 26, 84-114.
  • Beaver, Kevin M. 2011. “Genetic Influences on being Processed through the Criminal Justice System: Results from a Sample of Adoptees.” Biological Psychiatry, 69, 282-287.
  • Beaver, Kevin M. 2011. “The Effects of Genetics, the Environment, and Low Self-Control on Perceptions of Maternal and Paternal Victimization: Results from a Longitudinal Sample of Twins.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 27, 85-105.
  • Beaver, Kevin M. and John Paul Wright. 2011. “The Association between County-Level IQ and County-Level Crime Rates.” Intelligence, 39, 193-197.
  • Belsky, Jay and Kevin M. Beaver. 2011. “Cumulative-Genetic Plasticity, Parenting and Adolescent Self-Regulation.” Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52, 619-626.
  • Beaver, Kevin M., Matt DeLisi, Michael G. Vaughn, and J.C. Barnes. 2010. Monoamine Oxidase A Genotype is associated with Gang Membership and Weapon Use. Comprehensive Psychiatry,51, 130-134.