David P. Farrington

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David Farrington
David Philip Farrington
Born1944 (age 77–78)
Ormskirk, Lancashire, England
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Sally Chamberlain
(m. 1966)
ChildrenLucy, Katie, and Alice
AwardsOfficer of the Order of the British Empire (2003)
Stockholm Prize in Criminology (2013)
Scientific career
FieldsCriminology, psychology
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
ThesisContinuity and discontinuity in verbal learning (1970)

David Philip Farrington OBE (born 1944 in Ormskirk, Lancashire, England)[1] is a British criminologist, forensic psychologist, and emeritus professor of psychological criminology at the University of Cambridge, where he is also a Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Fellow.[2] In 2014, Paul Hawkins and Bitna Kim wrote that Farrington "is considered one of the leading psychologists and main contributors to the field of criminology in recent years."[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Farrington was born in Ormskirk, England in 1944, the youngest son of William and Gladys Farrington. He was educated at Ormskirk Grammar School[4] and later at Cambridge, where he received his BA, MA, and PhD in psychology.[3]


In 1969, Farrington became a research officer in criminology at the University of Cambridge, where he became assistant director of research in criminology in 1974 and a university lecturer in criminology in 1976. In 1992, he became a professor of psychological criminology at the University of Cambridge.[5] From 1971 to 2000, he taught seminars and supervised undergraduate law students taking classes in crime prevention and the psychological aspects of crime, among other subjects.[5] He was the director of the senior criminology course for criminal justice professionals at Cambridge from 1975 to 1978, and again from 1983 to 2004.[3] From 1998 to 2016, he was an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.[5]


Farrington is known for his research on the development of criminal behaviour throughout the life course; notably, he collaborated on the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development with the study's original director, Donald J. West. This study followed 411 London boys born just before and after 1953, and was conducted over 24 years.[3] He has also published studies comparing crime rates[6] and the probability of imprisonment given conviction of a crime[7] in the United Kingdom and the United States. He is also known for his work on evaluating the effectiveness of interventions intended to prevent crime, such as closed-circuit televisions.[3][8]

Farrington has also published on a number of related topics within the field of criminology, including crime and physical health; bullying; and offender profiling.[9] He has authored eight systematic reviews for the Campbell Collaboration.[9]

Honors and awards[edit]

In 2003, Farrington received an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to criminology.[10] In 2013, Farrington received the Stockholm Prize in Criminology for his work on early-life crime prevention programs.[11] He has also received the Thorsten Sellin-Sheldon and Eleanor Glueck Award and the August Vollmer Award from the American Society of Criminology,[9] the European Association of Psychology and Law's Award for Outstanding Career-Long Contributions to the Scientific Study of Law and Human Behaviour, the Joan McCord Award from the Academy of Experimental Criminology, and the Jerry Lee Award from the American Society of Criminology Division of Experimental Criminology.[2]

Professional affiliations[edit]

Farrington has been president of the American Society of Criminology (1998–1999), the European Association of Psychology and Law (1997–1999), the British Society of Criminology (1990–1993), and the Academy of Experimental Criminology (2001–2003).[5] In 1975, he became a member of the British Society of Criminology, and in 1999, he became a member of the Academy of Experimental Criminology. He is also a former member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (2004–2010) and International Society of Criminology (1998–2009).[3] From 2015 to 2016, he was the chair of the American Society of Criminology's Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology.[12]

Selected works[edit]


  • Farrington, David P. (1986). "Age and crime". Crime and Justice. 7: 189–250. doi:10.1086/449114. ISSN 0192-3234. S2CID 144772884.
  • Farrington, David P. (1989). "Early predictors of adolescent aggression and adult violence". Violence and Victims. 4 (2): 79–100. doi:10.1891/0886-6708.4.2.79. ISSN 0886-6708. PMID 2487131. S2CID 1880841.
  • Farrington, David P. (1993). "Understanding and preventing bullying". Crime and Justice. 17: 381–458. doi:10.1086/449217. ISSN 0192-3234. S2CID 144415152.
  • Farrington, David P. (1995). "The development of offending and antisocial behaviour from childhood: key findings from the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development". Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 36 (6): 929–964. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7610.1995.tb01342.x. ISSN 0021-9630. PMID 7593403.
  • Loeber, Rolf; Farrington, David P. (2000). "Young children who commit crime: Epidemiology, developmental origins, risk factors, early interventions, and policy implications". Development and Psychopathology. 12 (4): 737–762. doi:10.1017/S0954579400004107. ISSN 0954-5794. PMID 11202042. S2CID 20506392.
  • Jolliffe, Darrick; Farrington, David P. (2006). "Development and validation of the Basic Empathy Scale". Journal of Adolescence. 29 (4): 589–611. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2005.08.010. PMID 16198409.
  • Ttofi, Maria M.; Farrington, David P. (2010). "Effectiveness of school-based programs to reduce bullying: a systematic and meta-analytic review". Journal of Experimental Criminology. 7 (1): 27–56. doi:10.1007/s11292-010-9109-1. ISSN 1573-3750. S2CID 5433291.


  • West, Donald James; Farrington, David P. (1973). Who Becomes Delinquent? Second Report of the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development. London: Heinemann. ISBN 0-435-82937-8. OCLC 815962.
  • Farrington, David P.; Ohlin, Lloyd E.; Wilson, James Q. (1986). Understanding and Controlling Crime : Toward a New Research Strategy. New York, NY: Springer. ISBN 978-1-4612-4940-5. OCLC 852792490.
  • Farrington, David P. Hollin, Clive R. McMurran, Mary. (2001). Sex and violence : the psychology of crime and risk assessment. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-26890-5. OCLC 48677690.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Farrington, David P.; Welsh, Brandon C. (2007). Saving Children from a Life of Crime: Early Risk Factors and Effective Interventions. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-537899-3. OCLC 1086243971.
  • Baldry, Anna Costanza; Blaya, Catherine; Farrington, David P. (2018). International Perspectives on Cyberbullying: Prevalence, Risk Factors and Interventions. London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-73263-3. OCLC 1035389960.
  • Farrington, David P.; Kazemian, Lila; Piquero, Alexis Russell (2018). The Oxford Handbook of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-020137-1. OCLC 1028581337.


  1. ^ Petersen, Anne C. (2013). The Developmental Science of Adolescence: History Through Autobiography. Psychology Press. p. 150. ISBN 9781136673726.
  2. ^ a b "David P. Farrington". Early Intervention Foundation. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Hawkins, Paul; Kim, Bitna (2014). "Farrington, David P". David P. Farrington. The Encyclopedia of Theoretical Criminology. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 1–3. doi:10.1002/9781118517390.wbetc155. ISBN 9781118517390.
  4. ^ Loeber, Rolf (2004). Encyclopedia of Applied Developmental Science. SAGE Publications. pp. 457–9. ISBN 9781452265223.
  5. ^ a b c d "David Philip Farrington Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 May 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  6. ^ "A Record We're Happy To Lose". Chicago Tribune. 9 November 1998. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  7. ^ Currie, Elliott (1998). "Assessing the Prison Experiment". Crime and Punishment in America. Macmillan.
  8. ^ Travis, Alan (18 May 2009). "CCTV schemes in city and town centres have little effect on crime, says report". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  9. ^ a b c "David Farrington". Institute of Criminology. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  10. ^ MacLeod, Donald (31 December 2003). "Father of world wide web receives knighthood". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Prize recipient 2013". Stockholm Prize in Criminology. Stockholm University. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Officers and Committees". ASC Division of Developmental and Life Course Criminology. Retrieved 23 May 2018.

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