Chris Gibson


Associate Professor of Criminology & Law

University of Florida Research Foundation Professor

W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow, National Institute of Justice




Turlington 3330



By appointment







Chris Gibson has been a faculty member at UF since 2007. His research focuses on the independent and interactive influences of traits and environments on antisocial behaviors, victimization, and societal consequences of crime. He has published more than 70 scholarly works, including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and federal reports. He has also been awarded numerous grants, including research funding from the National Institute of Justice.

Dr. Gibson’s research has appeared in various academic journals including Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. His book (with Marvin Krohn) titled, Handbook of Life-Course Criminology: Emerging Trends and Directions for Future Research was published by Springer-Verlag in 2012.

A recent study published in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education ranked Dr. Gibson as one of the most productive scholars of his rank in the U.S., measured by the number of published peer-reviewed journal article and citations, H-Index, and m-quotient. In another recent study published in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education he was ranked among the most prolific senior and lead authors in elite criminology and criminal justice journals.



Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Courses

  • CCJ 7742  Research in Criminology, Law, and Society

  • CCJ 3701 Research Methods in Criminology

  • CCJ 6619 Crime and the Life Course


Areas of Specialization

  • Neighborhoods and Youth

  • Biosocial Criminology

  • Life-Course Criminology

  • Applied Quantitative Methods and Measurement

Recent Publications

  • Frogner, Louise, Anna-Karin, Andershed, Henrick Andershed, and Chris L. Gibson. (in press). “Childhood psychopathic personality and callous-unemotional traits in the prediction of conduct problems.” American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

  • Boman, John, and Chris L. Gibson (in press). The implications of using group-based offenses versus non-group based offenses in peer deviance scales. Deviant Behavior.

  • Stogner, John, and Chris L. Gibson. (in press). “Genetic modification of the relationship between parental rejection and adolescent alcohol use.” Alcohol and Alcoholism.

  • *Benedini, Kristen M., Abigail A. Fagan, and Chris L. Gibson. 2016. “The cycle of victimization: The relationship between childhood maltreatment and adolescent peer victimization.” Child Abuse & Neglect, 59, 111-121.

  • Andershed, Anna-Karin, Chris L. Gibson, and Henrik Andershed. (2016). “The role of cumulative risk and protection for violent offending.” Journal of Criminal Justice, 45, 78-74.

  • Boutwell, B., J.C. Barnes, Kevin M. Beaver, Raelynn Deaton Haynes, Joseph L. Nedlec, and Chris L. Gibson (2015). “ A unified crime theory: The evolutionary taxonomy. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 25 (part B), 343-353.

  • Eassey, John M.*, Chris L. Gibson, and Marvin D. Krohn (2015). “Using a group-based trajectory approach to assess risk and protective factors of marijuana use.” Journal of Drug Issues. 45, 4-21.

  • Barnes, J.C., Brian B. Boutwell, Kevin M. Beaver, Chris L. Gibson, and John P. Wright (2014) “On the consequences of ignoring genetic influences in criminological research.” Journal of Criminal Justice, 42, 471-482.

  • Gibson, Chris L. Abigail A. Fagan, and Kelsey Antle* (2014). “Avoiding violent victimization among youth in urban neighborhoods: The importance of street efficacy” American Journal of Public Health. 104, e154-e161.

  • Ward, Jeff, Marvin M. Krohn, and Chris L. Gibson (2014). “The effects of police contact on trajectories of violence: A group-based, propensity score matching analysis. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29, 440-475.

  • Stogner, John, Chris L. Gibson, and J. Mitchell Miller (2014). “Examining the reciprocal nature of the health-delinquency relationship: Results from a nationally representative sample.” Justice Quarterly, 31, 473-499.

  • Barnes, J.C., Brian Boutwell, Kevin M. Beaver, and Chris L. Gibson. (2013). “Analyzing the origins of childhood externalizing behaviors.” Developmental Psychology. 49, 2272- 2284.

  • Stogner, John, and Chris L. Gibson (2013). “Stressful life events and adolescent substance use: The moderating influence of MAOA polymorphisms. Journal of Criminal Justice.

  • Gibson, Chris L., and Marvin M. Krohn. (2012). “Raising the age: Issues in emerging adulthood and adult court referral of youthful offenders.” Criminology and Public Policy, 11, 759-768.

  • Gibson, Chris L., Marc Swatt, J. Mitchell Miller, Wesley Jennings, and Angela Gover. (2012). “The causal relationship between gang joining and violent victimization: A critical review and directions for future research.” Journal of Criminal Justice, 40, 490- 501.

  • Boman, John*, Jeff Ward, Chris L. Gibson, and Walter Leite. (2012). “Can a perceptual peer deviance measure accurately measure a peer’s self-reported deviance?” Journal of Criminal Justice, 40, 463 – 471.

  • Boman, John*, Marvin D. Krohn, Chris L. Gibson, and John M. Stogner. (2012). “Investigating friendship quality: An exploration of self-control and social controls theories’ friendship hypotheses.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence. (online first DOI: 10.1007/s10964-012-9747-x)

  • Gibson, Chris, L., and Marvin M. Krohn. (2012). “Neighborhoods and youth: The intersection between individuals and where they live.” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.

  • Gibson, Chris L. (2012). “An investigation of neighborhood context, low self-control, and violent victimization among youth.” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 10, 41-63.

  • Beaver, Kevin M., Chris L. Gibson, Matt DeLisi, Michael Vaughn, and John Wright. (2012). “The interaction between neighborhood disadvantage and genetic factors in the prediction of antisocial outcomes.” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 25-40.

  • Boman, John*, and Chris L. Gibson. (2011). “Does the measurement of peer delinquency change the relationship between self-control and delinquency? An analysis of friendship pairs. Journal of Criminal Justice, 39, 521-530.

  • Beaver, Kevin M., Chris L. Gibson, Michael Turner, and Ashleigh Holand*. (2011). “The stability of delinquent peer associations: A biosocial test of Warr’s sticky friends hypothesis.” Crime and Delinquency, 57, 902-927.

  • Boutwell, Brian, Kevin M. Beaver, Chris L. Gibson, and Jeffrey T. Ward*. (2011). “Prenatal exposure to cigarette smoking and externalizing behavior: A propensity score matching analysis.” International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 21, 248- 259.

  • Beaver, Kevin M., Toris Flores, Brian B. Boutwell, and Chris L. Gibson. (2011). “Genetic influences on adolescent eating habits.” Health Education and Behavior, 38, 1- 10. (Online first).

  • Shekarkhar, Zahra*, and Chris L. Gibson. (2011). “Self-control, gender, and delinquency among Latino children and adolescents: Is the general theory of crime generalizable.” Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 27, 4-19.

  • Ventura Miller, Holly, and Chris L. Gibson. (2011). “Neighborhoods, acculturation, crime, and victimization among Hispanics: The cross fertilization between the sociologies of immigration and crime.” Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 24, 63-80.

  • Morris, Sara*, and Chris L. Gibson. (2011). “Corporal punishment’s influence on children’s aggressive and delinquent behavior.” Criminal Justice and Behavior, 38, 818- 839.

  • Stogner, John*, and Chris L. Gibson. (2011). “Including health as a source of strain: The influence of health strain on the initiation and frequency of substance use in a nationally representative sample of adolescents.” Journal of Drug Issues 49, 69-94.

  • Krohn, Marvin, Terence P. Thornberry, Chris L. Gibson, and Julie Baldwin*. (2011). “The development and impact of self-report measures of crime and delinquency.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 26, 509-525.

  • Gibson, Chris L., Jeffrey T. Ward*, John Paul Wright, Kevin M. Beaver, and Matt DeLisi. (2010). “Where does gender fit in the measurement of self-control?” Criminal Justice and Behavior, 36, 883-903.

  • Gibson, Chris L., Samuel Walker, Wesley Jennings, J. Mitchell Miller. (2010). “The impact of traffic stops on calling the police for help.” Criminal Justice Policy Review, 21, 139-159.

  • Gibson, Chris L., Chris Sullivan, Shayne Jones, and Alex Piquero. (2010). “Does it take a village? Assessing neighborhood effects on children’s self-control.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 47, 31-62.

  • Stogner, John*, and Chris L. Gibson. (2010). “Healthy, wealth, and wise: Incorporating health issues as a source of strain in Agnew’s general strain theory.” Journal of Criminal Justice, 83, 1150-1159.

  • Ward, Jeffrey T.*, John Stogner*, Chris L. Gibson, and Ronald L. Akers. (2010). “A new trick for an old dog: Applying developmental trajectories to inform drug use progression.” Journal of Drug Issues, 40, 755-782.

  • Wright, John, Kevin Beaver, and Chris L. Gibson. (2010). “A unified theory of concentrated personal disadvantage.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39, 1080-1096.

  • Wiley, Lindsey E.*, Chris L. Gibson, Eve M, Brank, Mark R. Fondacaro, Steven W. Smith, Veda E. Brown, and Scott A. Miller. (2010) “Assessing school and student-Level predictors of weapons reporting.” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 8, 351-372.

  • Ward, Jeffrey T.*, Chris L. Gibson, John Boman*, and Walter L. Leite. (2010). “Is the general theory of crime really stronger than the evidence suggests? Assessing the validity of the retrospective behavioral self-control scale.” Criminal Justice and Behavior, 37, 336-357.

  • Wood, Charles H, Chris L. Gibson, Ludimilla Ribeiro*, and Paula Hamshal-Diaz*. (2010). “Crime victimization in Latin America and intentions to migrate.” International Migration Review, 44, 1-22.

  • Gibson, Chris L., Sara Morris*, and Kevin Beaver. (2009). “Secondary exposure to violence during childhood and adolescence: Does neighborhood context matter?” Justice Quarterly, 26, 30-57.

  • Gibson, Chris L., Mitch Miller, Wesley Jennings*, Marc Swatt, and Angela Gover. “Using propensity score matching to assess the relationship between gang membership and violent victimization: A research note.” Justice Quarterly, 26, 625-643.

  • Higgins, George, Wesley G. Jennings, Richard Tewksbury, and Chris L. Gibson. (2009). “Exploring the link between low self-control and violent victimization trajectories.” Criminal Justice and Behavior, 36, 1070-1084.

  • Beaver, Kevin M., Chris L. Gibson, Wesley G. Jennings, and Jeff Ward*. (2009). “A gene X environment interaction between DRD2 and religiosity in the prediction of adolescent delinquent involvement in a sample of males.” Biodemography and Social Biology, 55, 71-81.

  • Delisi, Matt, J.C. Barnes*, Kevin M. Beaver, and Chris L. Gibson. (2009). “Delinquent gangs and adolescent victimization revisited: A propensity score matching approach.” Criminal Justice and Behavior, 36, 808-823.

  • Childs, Tina*, John Cochran, and Chris L. Gibson. (2009) “Self-control, gang membership, and victimization: An integrated approach.” Journal of Crime and Justice, 32, 35-60.

  • Miller, Bryan*, Hayden Griffin*, Chris L. Gibson, and Dave Khey*. (2009). “Trippin on Sally D: An investigation of the correlates of Salvia experimentation.” Journal of Criminal Justice, 37, 496-403.

  • Jennings, Wesley G., Chris L. Gibson, and Lonn Lanza-Kaduce. (2009). “Why not let kids be kids? An exploratory analysis of the impact of alternative rationales for managing status offending on youths’ self-concepts.” American Journal of Criminal Justice, 34, 198-212.

  • Barnes, JC*, Holly Ventura-Miller, J. Mitchell Miller, and Chris L. Gibson. (2009). “ Juvenile drug courts and cherry picking: A research note.” American Journal of Criminal Justice, 33, 166-176.

  • Jennings, Wesley, Chris L. Gibson, Jeffrey T. Ward*, and Kevin Beaver. (2008). “Which group are you in? A preliminary investigation of group-based publication trajectories of criminology and criminal justice scholars.” Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 19, 227-250.

  • Gibson, Chris L., David Khey*, and Chris Schreck. (2008). “Gender, internal control, and academic dishonesty: Investigating mediating and differential effects.” Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 19, 2-18.

  • Swatt, Marc L., Chris L. Gibson, and Nicole L. Piquero. (2007). “Exploring the utility of General Strain Theory in explaining problematic alcohol consumption by police officers.” Journal of Criminal Justice, 35, 596-611.

  • Beaver, Kevin, John Wright, Leah Daigle, Marc Swatt, and Chris L. Gibson. (2007). “Evidence of a gene X environment interaction in the creation of victimization: Results from a longitudinal sample of adolescents.” International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 51, 620-645.

  • Piquero, Alex, Leah E. Daigle, Chris L. Gibson, Steve Tibbetts, and Nicole L. Piquero. (2007). “Are life-course persistent offenders at risk for adverse health outcomes?” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 44, 185-207.

*Denotes graduate student coauthor