Christopher Sullivan

Christopher Sullivan


Teachers College


CECH Criminal Justice - 0389

Professional Summary

Christopher J. Sullivan is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati.  He received his doctoral degree from Rutgers University in 2005.  His main research interests include developmental and life-course criminology; juvenile delinquency and prevention policy; and research methodology and analytic methods.  He has published roughly 80 academic articles and book chapters on various justice and criminology-related topics.  Since 2000, he has worked as a Data Analyst or Principal Investigator on several federally or state-funded studies of juvenile justice and delinquency issues.  His recent research has been funded by the State of Ohio, National Institute of Justice, and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He teaches in the areas of criminology and research methods.  He is currently Co-Editor of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.

Research Support

Grant: #2009-IJ-CX-0042 Investigators:Sullivan, Christopher 12-01-2009 -07-31-2012 National Institute of Justice A Comprehensive Investigation of the Role of the Individuals, the Immediate Social Environment, and Neighborhoods in Trajectories of Adolescent Antisocial Behavior Role:PI $37,727.00 Closed Level:Federal

Grant: #JJ-DMC-5550 Investigators:Engel, Robin; Latessa, Edward; Sullivan, Christopher; Wooldredge, John 05-01-2012 -09-30-2013 Department of Justice State of Ohio Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Assessment Role:PI $700,000.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #2012-PS_PSN-380 Investigators:Corsaro, Nicholas; Engel, Robin; Sullivan, Christopher 01-01-2013 -09-30-2014 Bureau of Justice Assistance OCJS Project Safe Neighborhoods Role:Collaborator $79,998.16 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #2014-MU-FX-0006 Investigators:Latessa, Edward; Sullivan, Christopher 01-01-2015 -12-31-2017 Department of Justice Implementation of Risk Assessment and Youth Outcomes; A Multi-Method Study Spanning the Juvenile Justice System Role:Collaborator $910,045.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #2015-JF-FX-0064 Investigators:Latessa, Edward; Sullivan, Christopher 10-01-2015 -09-30-2017 Department of Justice OJJDP FY 2015 Research on JJ Reform: A Micro and Macro-Level Assessment of Juvenile Justice Placement Reform in Ohio Role:PI $247,090.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #2016-JG-HT-P6096 Investigators:Anderson, Valerie; Sullivan, Christopher 07-01-2017 -06-30-2018 Bureau of Justice Assistance Estimating the Prevalence of Human Trafficking in Ohio Role:Collaborator $100,000.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #2016-JG-HT-P6096 Investigators:Anderson, Valerie; Sullivan, Christopher 07-01-2017 -12-31-2018 Bureau of Justice Assistance Estimating the Prevalence of Human Trafficking in Ohio Role:Collaborator $100,000.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #03737000 / NIJ 2014-DC-BX-K001 Investigators:Sullivan, Christopher 03-01-2019 -09-30-2019 National Institute of Justice Initiative to Develop and Test Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines Validation of an Assessment Tool Examining Implementation of Guidelines (Study 2, Testing Phase) Role:PI $75,000.58 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #DOJ-BJA - AIR 2019-MU-BX-K015, Sub# 0489700006 Investigators:Sullivan, Christopher 01-01-2020 -12-31-2020 Department of Justice BJA Reentry TTA Center Role:PI $110,930.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #2016-JG-HT-P6096 Investigators:Anderson, Valerie; Sullivan, Christopher 07-01-2017 -12-31-2018 Bureau of Justice Assistance Estimating the Prevalence of Human Trafficking in Ohio Role:Collaborator $100,000.00 Closed Level:Federal


Peer Reviewed Publications

Sullican, C.J.; Piquero, A.R. Stability and change in substance use and criminal activity: Evidence from a synthesized longitudinal modeling approach .Journal of Drug Issues, ,

Sullivan, C.J.; Livelsberger, T. Censored regression in response to distributional realities of crime and justice measures .Journal of Criminal Justice Education, ,

Welsh, B.C.; Sullivan, C.J.; Olds, D. When early crime prevention goes to scale: A new look at the evidence .Prevention Science, ,

Sullivan, C.J.; Dollard, N.; Sellers, B.; Mayo, J. Rebalancing response to school-based offenses: A civil citation approach .Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, ,

Sullivan, C.J.; Childs, K.; O'Connell, D. Adolescent rish behavior subgroups: An empirical assessment with applications to prevention pregamming .Journal of Youth and Adolescence, ,

Gibson, C.L.; Sullivan, C.J.; Jones, S.; Piquero, A. (2010. ) Does it take a village?: The role of neighborhood context in child and adolescent self-control. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, , 47, ,31-62

Sullivan, C.J.; McGloin, J.M.; Caudy, M.; Ray, J. (2009. ) Detecting specialization in offending: Comparing analytic approaches .Journal of Quantitative Criminology, , 25, ,419-441

Reid, J.; Sullivan, C.J. (2009. ) Model of vulnerability factors for adult sexual victimization: The impact of poor mother/child attachment, child neglect, juvenile sexual victimization, and scarred sexuality .Violence and Victims, , 24, ,485-501

Reid, J.; Sullivan, C.J. (2009. ) A latent class typology of juvenile victims and exploration of risk factors and outcomes of victimization .Criminal Justice and Behavior, , 36, ,1001-1024

McGloin, J., Sullivan, C.J., Piquero, A.R., Blokland, A., & Nieuwbeerta Marriage and Offending Versatility: Expanding the impact of turning points and the process of desistance. .European Journal of Criminology. , ,

Listwan, S., Sullivan, C.J., Agnew, R., Cullen, F.T., & Colvin, M. The pains of imprisonment revisited: the impact of strain on inmate recidivism. .Justice Quarterly. , ,

Childs, K., Dembo, R., Belenko, S., Sullivan, C.J., & Cochra, J. A groupbased modeling approach to examining sociodemographic variation in the association among risky sexual behavior, drug use, and criminal involvement in a sample of newly arrested juvenile offenders. .Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. , ,

Sullivan, C.J. (2011. ) The utility of the deviant case in the development of criminological theory. .Criminology, , 49 ,905-920.

Published Books

McGloin, J., Sullivan, C.J.,& Kennedy, L [eds.] (2011. ) When Crime Appears: The role of emergence. .New York , Routledge

Book Chapter

Sullivan, C.J., Blair, L., &Coen Sullivan, C. Juvenile Drug Courts: A forward looking review Drug Courts and the Criminal Justice System .Boulder, CO, Lynne Rienner Publishers

Sullivan, C.J. Change in life-course offending: Theory and research Handbook of Ciminological Theory .New York, Oxford University Press

Sullivan, C.J., & Jolliffe, D. Peer influence, mentoring and crime prevention Handbook of Crime Prevention .New York, Oxford University Press

Sullivan, C.J. (2011 ) Measurement and analysis of the emergence of crime Crime Emergence .New York, Routledge

Sullivan, C.J., McGloin, J., & Kennedy, L. (2011 ) Moving past the person or the context: Thinking about crime as an emergent phenomenon Crime Emergence .New York, Routledge


Paper Presentations

Wilcox, P.; Sullivan, C.J.; Ousey, G.C. (02-2010. ) Trajectories of victimization from early- to mid- adolescence .San Diego, CA.

Sullivan, C.J.; Piquero, A.R.; Farrington, D.P. (02-2010. ) Are there differences among offenders who offend a lot over a short time period or a little over a long time period? .San Diego, CA.

McGloin, J.; Sullivan, C.J.; Piquero, A.R.; Nieuwbeerta, P.; Blokland, A. (02-2010. ) Limited opportunities and the offending repertorie: Specialization as part of desistence .San Diego, CA.

Childs, K.; Dembo, R.: Cochran, J.; Belenko, S.; Sullivan, C,J. (11-2009. ) A group-based latent variable approach to the study of relationships among problem behaviors .Philadelphia, PA.

Welsh, B.C.; Sullivan, C.J. (11-2009. ) Quantifying the scale up penalty for early prevention programs .Philadelphia, PA.

Sullivan, C.J.; Welsh, B.C. (11-2009. ) Theory and challenges of taking early crime prevention to scale .Philadelphia, PA.