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Wesley G. Jennings

Wesley G. Jennings

Wesley G. Jennings, PhD, is Associate Professor, Associate Chair, and Undergraduate Director in the Department of Criminology, has a Courtesy Appointment in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, and is a Faculty Affiliate of the Florida Mental Health Institute in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida.  In addition, he also has a Courtesy Appointment in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy and is a Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for Child Health Policy in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida.  He received his doctorate degree in criminology from the University of Florida.  He has nearly 200 publications, his h-index is 27 (i-index of 66), and he has over 2,500 citations to his published work.  He was recently recognized as the #1 criminologist in the world (at his previous rank of Assistant Professor: Copes et al., JCJE, 2013) and the #3 criminologist in the world across all ranks in terms of his peer-reviewed scholarly publication productivity in the top criminology and criminal justice journals (Cohn & Farrington, JCJE, 2014).  He is also the author of two recently published, academic press books with Springer, Offending from childhood to late middle age: Recent results from the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development (with David Farrington & Alex Piquero) and Offending from childhood to young adulthood: Recent results from the Pittsburgh Youth Study (with Rolf Loeber, Dustin Pardini, Alex Piquero, and David Farrington), and is the author (with Jennifer Reingle) of a recently published textbook with Wolters Kluwer, Criminological and Criminal Justice Research Methods.His major research interests include longitudinal data analysis, police body-worn cameras, sex offending, gender, race/ethnicity, the victim-offender overlap, and early childhood prevention.  In addition, he is a member of the American Society of Criminology, a Lifetime Member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and a member of both the Midwestern and the Southern Criminal Justice Associations.