Denise Gottfredson

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Denise Gottfredson
Denise Claire Ruff
NationalityUnited States
EducationFairleigh Dickinson University
Johns Hopkins University
Known forJuvenile delinquency
Program evaluation
Gary Gottfredson (m. 1980)
AwardsAugust Vollmer Award from the American Society of Criminology (2016)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Maryland, College Park
ThesisPersonality and persistence in education (1980)

Denise Claire Gottfredson (née Denise Claire Ruff) is an American criminologist and professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is an expert on school violence[1] and juvenile delinquency.[2][3] She is recognized for her research applying the techniques of program evaluation to certain crime prevention initiatives, such as Drug Abuse Resistance Education,[4] the Strengthening Families Program, and the Baltimore City Drug Treatment Court.[5] She has also researched the effects of school resource officers on schools, finding that such officers spend an average of about half of their time engaged in law enforcement activities.[6] She served as vice president of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) from 2005 to 2006, and as editor-in-chief of its journal, Criminology, from 2005 to 2011. She received the ASC's August Vollmer Award in 2016. She is a fellow of the ASC and of the Academy of Experimental Criminology.[7]

Education and academic career[edit]

Gottfredson earned her B.A. in psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1974 and her Ph.D. in social relations from Johns Hopkins University in 1980.[7] She became an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, College Park's Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology in 1991, and was promoted to full professor there in 1995.[7]


  1. ^ Eckholm, Erik (2013-04-12). "With Police in Schools, More Children in Court". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  2. ^ "Denise Gottfredson Ph.D." Journalism Center on Children & Families. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  3. ^ Farrington, David P.; Welsh, Brandon C. (2008-10-08). Saving Children from a Life of Crime: Early Risk Factors and Effective Interventions. Oxford University Press. p. 139. ISBN 9780199702527.
  4. ^ Butterfield, Fox (1997-04-16). "Most Efforts to Stop Crime Fall Far Short, Study Finds". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  5. ^ "Gottfredson, Denise". Criminology and Criminal Justice Department. University of Maryland. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  6. ^ "Cops in schools: Way to rebuild community trust in law enforcement?". Christian Science Monitor. 2015-08-13. ISSN 0882-7729. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  7. ^ a b c "Denise C. Gottfredson CV" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-11-21.

Further reading[edit]

  • Tolan, Patrick (February 2017). "The Best Science Is the Most Practical Approach to Delinquency Prevention". Criminology & Public Policy. 16 (1): 35–39. doi:10.1111/1745-9133.12279. ISSN 1538-6473.

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