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Christina Policastro
U.C. Foundation Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Graduate Program Director
Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies
Ph.D., Georgia State University
  Rm. 446, 540MC

Christina Policastro is a UC Foundation Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Her primary research interests are in the area of victimization with a specific focus on elder abuse and intimate partner violence.  Her primary teaching interests are in the area of Victimology, Family Violence, Gender and Crime, and Research Methods. She has also taught courses in Ethics and Criminal Justice, as well as Introduction to Criminal Justice. She has published articles on diverse topics including perceptions of intimate partner violence victims, pre-professionals’ knowledge of elder abuse, and trajectories of recurring victimization among persons with serious mental illness. Her most recent work appears in Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect.  In 2017, Dr. Policastro received the New Scholar Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ Division of Victimology. She also received the Promising Young Scholar Award from the Dean of UTC’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2017. Dr. Policastro is also on the executive board for the Southern Criminal Justice Association.

Recent Publications:

Crittenden, Courtney, Policastro, Christina, & Eigenberg, Helen (2017). Attitudes toward dating violence: How does sexual identity influence perceptions?  Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 26(7), 804-824.

Felix, Shanna, Policastro, Christina, Agnich, Laura, & Gould, Laurie. (2016). Psychological Victimization among College Students. Violence and Gender, 3(1), 42-48.

Garland, Tammy, Policastro, Christina, Richards, Tara & Miller, Karen. (2016). Blaming the victim: University student attitudes toward bullying. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma. DOI: 10.1080/10926771.2016.11949404

Policastro, Christina & Daigle, Leah. (2016). A Gendered Analysis of the Effects of Social Ties and Risky Behavior on Intimate Partner Violence Victimization. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, DOI: 10.1177/0886260516652271

Policastro, Christina, & Finn, Mary A. (Forthcoming). Coercive Control across Age Groups: Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). Accepted at the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Policastro, Christina & Finn, Mary A. (2015). Coercive Control and Physical Violence in Older Adults: Analysis Using Data from the National Elder Mistreatment Study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI: 10.1177/0886260515585545

Policastro, Christina, Teasdale, Brent, & Daigle, Leah E.  (2015). The recurring victimization of individuals with mental illness: A comparison of trajectories for two racial groups. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.  DOI: 10.1007/s10940-015-9271-8