Nadine Connell

Associate Professor - Economic Political and Policy
972-883-4985
GR3520
Tags: Criminology & Criminal Justice

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Maryland at College Park - 2006
M.S. - Criminal Justice
Northeastern University. Boston MA - 2001
B.S. - Criminal Justice and Sociology
Northeastern University, Boston MA - 2000

Research Areas

Research Interests

Juvenile delinquency; program and policy evaluation; bullying prevention in schools; ATOD prevention; statistics and research methodology; capital punishment

Publications

Piquero, A.R., Connell, N.M., Leeper Piquero, N., Farrington, D.P., & Jennings, W.G. In Press. Does adolescence bullying distringuish between male offending trajectories in late middle age? Journal of Youth and Adolescence. DOI 10.1007/s10964-012-9883-3 in press - Publication
Maxwell, S. & Connell, N.M. Forthcoming. Post-secondary matriculation for minority high school youth: Multicultural mentoring and student engagement. The Quest: Journal of Higher Educaiton Excellence. 2(1). forthcoming - Publication
Rorie, M., Gottfredson, D.G., Cross, A.B., Wilson, D.M., & Connell, N.M. 2011. Structure and deviance training in after-school programs. Journal of Adolescence 34 (1): 105- 117. 2011 - Publication
Rorie, M., Gottfredson, D.G., Cross, A.B., Wilson, D.M., & Connell, N.M. 2011. Structure and deviance training in after-school programs. Journal of Adolescence 34 (1): 105- 117. 2011 - Publication
Wilson, D. M., Gottfredson, D. C., Cross, A. B., Rorie, M., & Connell, N. 2010. Youth development in after-school leisure activities. Journal of Early Adolescence 30 (5): 668- 690. 2010 - Publication
Cross, A.B., Gottfredson, D.C., Dugas, D., Rorie, M., & Connell, N.M. 2010. Effects of variability in implementation quality on student experiences after-school. American Journal of Community Psychology Vol 2-3: 370-380. 2010 - Publication
Gottfredson, D.G., Cross, A.B., Wilson, D.M., Rorie, M, & Connell, N.M. 2010. An experimental evaluation of the All-Stars prevention curriculum in a community after school setting Prevention Science 11(2): 142-154. 2010 - Publication
Gottfredson, D. C., Cross, A. B, Wilson, D, Connell, N. M., & Rorie, M. 2010. Effects of participation in after-school programs for middle school students: A randomized trial. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness 3(3): 282 2010 - Publication
Wilson, D. M., Gottfredson, D. C., Cross, A. B., Rorie, M., & Connell, N. 2010. Youth  development in after-school leisure activities. Journal of Early Adolescence 30 (5): 668- 690. 2010 - Publication
Cross, A.B., Gottfredson, D.C., Wilson, D.M., Rorie, M. & Connell, N.M. 2009. The impact of after-school programs on the routine activities of middle school students: Results from a randomized, controlled trial. Criminology and Public Policy 8(2): 391-412. 2009 - Publication

Appointments

Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [2011–Present]
Assistant Professor
Rowan University [2006–2011]

Additional Information

University Service
Service to The University of Texas at Dallas
  • 2012-Present Faculty Advisor, WISE STEM Mentoring Program
  • 2011-Present Faculty Advisor, Students for Sobriety
Service to Rowan University
  • 2009-2011 Research Committee
  • 2009-2011 Advisory Board, Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2008-2010 Campus Hearing Board
  • 2008-2010 Rowan University Senate10
  • 2006-2009 Disability Awareness Committee
  • 2007-2009 University Recruitment, Admissions, and Retention Committee
  • 2007-2008 Rowan Self-Study Committee
Teaching Experience
Graduate Classes
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice – Rowan University
  • Delinquency and Juvenile Justice – The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Etiology of Crime and Criminal Justice – The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Extent of Crime and Measurement Problems in Criminology – The University of Texas at Dalals
  • Seminar in Juvenile Justice and Delinquency – Rowan University
  • Statistics and Research Methods for Criminal Justice – Rowan University
  Undergraduate Classes
  • Advanced Criminal Justice – The University of Texas at Dallas
  • American Police – Rowan University
  • Illegal Drugs and Crime in America – Rowan University
  • Introduction to Social Science Statistics – The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Introduction to Criminology – University of Maryland
  • Introduction to Juvenile Justice – Rowan University
  • Introduction to Corrections – Rowan University
  • Research Methods – University of Maryland and Rowan University
  • Statistics for Criminology and Criminal Justice – University of Maryland
  • Street Gangs Seminar – University of Maryland
  • Survey of Criminal Justice – Rowan University
  • Theories of Crime – Rowan University
Department Service
Service to The University of Texas at Dallas
  • 2012 Committee on Graduate Student Teaching, Chair
  • 2012 Students Supervised

MA Thesis: 2 students (1 current, 1 past)

Service to Rowan University
  • 2010-2011 Faculty Advisor: Camden, NJ Satellite Campus
  • 2008-2011 Graduate Program Committee
  • 2006-2011 Faculty Advisor: Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society
  • 2006-2011 Adjunct Evaluation Committee (Chair: 2010-2011)
  • 2007-2010 Textbook Adoption Committee
  • 2006-2010 Curriculum Committee
  • 2007-2008 Faculty Advisor: Transfer Students
  • 2006-2007 Library Committee

News Articles

Criminology Prof Studies Pivotal Time in Teens' Lives
Dr. Nadine Connell, a new assistant professor of criminology at UT Dallas, has always been fascinated by human beings and the decisions they make in the context of crime. Growing up, she was surrounded by family members who worked in the criminal justice profession. Her father and grandfather served as corrections officers. Several of her uncles were police officers. It wasn’t until she worked with at-risk youth in high school that she realized that the criminal justice field was more than just policing and prisons. “It was watching kids who were coming from extreme life circumstances and you could just see them reacting to that,” she recalled. “That to me was really profound because it made me start to think that there are so many things that go into a person’s decision to not follow the rules, and we only understand a part of it.”
Criminologist, Student Team Build Database on U.S. School Shootings
A criminologist and her students at The University of Texas at Dallas are creating a database that tracks shootings at K-12 schools in the United States going back to 1990.

Dr. Nadine Connell, associate professor of criminology in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, said the National Institute of Justice project aims to fill a need for reliable data on gun violence on school campuses.

“Our goal is to help law enforcement and school administrators better understand the causes of K-12 school violence,” said Connell, who also serves as director of the Center for Crime and Justice Studies. “Understanding school violence is the first step to finding effective prevention strategies.”
Study: No Link Between Bully Victimization, Future Substance Abuse
Being bullied can hurt young children in many ways, but a new UT Dallas study found that it does not lead to later substance abuse.

The research by three criminologists in UT Dallas' School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) discovered that students who were bullied in third grade did not have a greater risk of using drugs or alcohol by ninth grade.

But the researchers found that children who had experienced the highest level of victimization smoked cigarettes or used alcohol at higher rates than high school peers. The study noted that experimentation with drugs and alcohol is common among adolescents regardless of whether they had been bullied.
Study Uncovers Factors in Students' Reporting of Weapons at School
As a result of outbreaks of violence in the nation’s schools, concerns have grown about school safety and the overall well-being of students. 

In a new study, UT Dallas criminology researchers have found that certain factors affect students’ willingness to report weapons at school.
“A big part of adolescent development is figuring out your identity, and that does not always mean talking to grown-ups about what is going on,” said Dr. Nadine Connell, assistant professor of criminology in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. “We can’t stop students from using weapons if we don’t know about the weapons that are actually out there.”
Criminologist's Study Shows Lack of Mental Health Care for Prisoners
New research by a UT Dallas criminologist has found that a substantial number of prison inmates have not received treatment for mental health conditions.

Dr. Nadine M. Connell, assistant professor of criminology in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS), analyzed data from 18,185 inmates in state and federal correctional facilities for the study, published in the American Journal of Public Health. Connell worked with co-author Dr. Jennifer M. Reingle Gonzalez, an assistant professor at The University of Texas School of Public Health in Dallas.