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Dr. Chad Posick Wins ACJS “New Scholar Award”

Posick_ChadDr. Chad Posick is the recipient of the “New Scholar Award” for the Victimology Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). The New Scholar Award recognizes the achievements of a scholar who shows outstanding merit at the beginnings of his or her career. Outstanding merit may be based on a single book or work, including dissertation or a series of theoretical or research contributions to the area of victimology. Eligibility includes scholars who are active ACJS members and members of the victimology section and have held a Ph.D. for less than five years at the time of their nomination.

Dr. Posick’s primary research interests include the intersection of victimization and offending, the role of emotions in human behavior, and measurement issues in criminology and criminal justice. His research has been published in Psychology of Violence, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice

In a recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, Dr. Chad Posick along with co-author Dr. Gregory Zimmerman of Northeastern University, found that individuals who engaged in high levels of interpersonal violence were unlikely to engage in suicidal behavior. Conversely, individuals who engaged in high levels of suicidal behavior were also likely to engage in interpersonal violence. Several shared (e.g., residential stability, substance use) and distinguishing (e.g., exposure to violent peers, depression) correlates of interpersonal violence and suicidal behavior were detected.

Dr. Posick will be presenting at the Georgia Southern Psychology Department Colloquium on October 22 from 1:25-2:15pm in the Carroll Building, Room 2268. His talk is titled “Once More, With Feeling: How a Psychological Focus on Emotions Helps us Understand Victims and Offenders.”


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