Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Biosocial Criminology, Developmental Criminology, Psychophysiology, Salivary Bioscience
Dr. Frances Chen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Georgia State University. Her research is focused on biosocial bases of antisocial behavior and related constructs, and includes topics at the intersection of criminology and psychology.
Her quantitative works examine how life events and turning points in life (e.g., marriage) shape antisocial behavior, and how the environment interacts with individuals’ biological characteristics (e.g., stress system, fear conditioning) to exacerbate or limit antisocial behavior throughout the life-course. She employs both psychophysiological recording and salivary bioscience research methods in furtherance of this work. Her current research on psychobiological and social characteristics of active, noninstitutionalized hardcore street offenders is an endeavor to advance our knowledge of the persistence in offending.
Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Biological Psychology, and Developmental Psychobiology.