Ph.D., Emory University
Juvenile Delinquency, Youth Violence, Criminological Theory
Dr. Brezina’s research and teaching interests include the causes and control of crime/violence. He has conducted extensive research on the correlates and consequences of youth violence and delinquency, with a special focus on the role of agency in the desistance process, on the sources of youth risk and resilience, and the testing of criminological theories (including strain and social learning theories). He was also involved in a multi-year evaluation of an innovative Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program for at-risk youth, funded by the Department of Justice. He has published numerous articles in the leading criminology and criminal justice journals, such as Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Criminal Justice and Behavior, and Advances in Criminological Theory. He is coauthor of Juvenile Delinquency: Causes and Control, 6th edition (Oxford University Press)
Brezina, Timothy. In press. “Freedom of Action, Freedom of Choice, and Desistance from Crime: Pitfalls and Opportunities in the Study of Human Agency.” Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology.
Brezina, T., and V. Topalli. “Criminal Self-Efficacy: Exploring the Correlates and Consequences of a “Successful Criminal” Identity.” Criminal Justice and Behavior39, no. 8 (2012): 1042-062.
Brezina, Timothy, Erdal Tekin, and Volkan Topalli. ““MIGHT NOT BE A TOMORROW”: A MULTIMETHODS APPROACH TO ANTICIPATED EARLY DEATH AND YOUTH CRIME.” Criminology 47, no. 4 (2009): 1091-129.