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Faculty Spotlight: Dana Peterson, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

Dana Peterson is an assistant professor in the criminal justice program at University at Albany. She serves as an Investigator for “Process and Outcome Evaluation of G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training),” an evaluation of a multi-site gang prevention program. She is also serves as Co-Investigator for SOAR (Service Outcomes Action Research), a project to develop and implement evidence-based practice at organizations that provide treatment to children and families. She also serves on the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s Youth Gang Advisory Board and is an active member of the Eurogang Program.

Professor Peterson’s research interests include youth gangs and violence, juvenile justice, youth gang intervention and prevention, juvenile treatment, and sex and gender issues in gangs and delinquency. She is particularly interested in the debate over the efficacy of gender-based theories and responses to youth gangs and delinquency, and the effects gender has on the structures of delinquency and gang involvement.

Professor Peterson has written or contributed to several books that you can find in the University Libraries’ collections:

Peterson, Dana. 2012. “Girlfriends, Gun-holders, and Ghetto-rats? Moving Beyond Narrow Views of Girls in Gangs.” In Delinquent Girls: Contexts, Relationships, and Adaptation, edited by Shari Miller, Leslie D. Leve, and Patricia K. Kerig. New York: Springer.

Esbensen, Finn-Aage, Dana Peterson, Terrance J. Taylor, and Adrienne Freng. 2010. Youth Violence: Sex and Race Differences in Offending, Victimization, and Gang Membership. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
University Library / HQ 799.2 V56 Y684 2010

Peterson, Dana. 2009. “The Many Ways of Knowing: Multi-method Comparative Research to Enhance our Understanding of and Responses to Youth Street Gangs.” in Handbook on Crime and Deviance, edited by Marv D. Krohn, Alan J. Lizotte, and Gina Penly Hall. New York: Springer Science and Business Media.
Dewey Library / HV 6025 H278X 2009

Esbensen, Finn-Aage, Dana Peterson, Terrance J. Taylor, Adrienne Freng, and D. Wayne Osgood. 2004. “Gang Prevention: A Case Study of a Primary Prevention Program.”in American Youth Gangs at the Millennium, edited by in Finn-Aage Esbensen, Larry K. Gaines, and Stephen G. Tibbetts Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press.
Dewey Library / HV 6439 U5 E73 2004

Peterson, Dana. 2003. “Girls and Boys Town.” in Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice, edited by Marilyn D. McShane and Frank P. Williams III. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Dewey Library / Reference: HV 9104 E58 2003

Esbensen, Finn-Aage, Adrienne Freng, Terrance J. Taylor, Dana Peterson, and D. Wayne Osgood. 2002. “Putting Research Into Practice: The National Evaluation of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program.” in Winifred L. Reed and Scott H. Decker (Eds.), Responding to Gangs: Evaluation and Research, Research Report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice.
University Library / GovDoc: J 85 J 28.2:G 15

Esbensen, Finn-Aage, Dana Peterson, Adrienne Freng, and Terrance J. Taylor. 2002. “Initiation of Drug Use, Drug Sales, and Violent Offending Among a Sample of Gang and Non-Gang Youth.” in Gangs in America, 3rd Edition, edited by C. Ronald Huff. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Dewey Library / HV 6439 U5 G36 2002

She has also authored many articles that have been published in scholarly journals. Some of her most recent include:

Esbensen, Finn-Aage, Dana Peterson, Terrance J. Taylor, Adrienne Freng, D. Wayne Osgood, Dena C. Carson, and Kristy N. Matsuda. "Evaluation and Evolution of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program.” Journal of School Violence. 10(1): 53-70. Available through Education Research Complete.

Esbensen, Finn-Aage, Dana Peterson, Terrance J. Taylor, and Adrienne Freng. 2009. ”Similarities and Differences in Risk Factors for Youth Violence and Gang Membership.” Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. 42(3): 310-335. Available at Dewey Library (Periodical HV 6001 A9) or through Academic Search Complete.

Taylor, Terrance J., Adrienne Freng, Finn-Aage Esbensen, and Dana Peterson. 2008. “Youth Gang Membership & Serious Violent Victimization: The importance of lifestyles/routine activities.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence 23(10): 1441-1464. Available through Criminology: A SAGE Full-Text Collection.

Esbensen, Finn-Aage, Chris Melde, Terrance J. Taylor, and Dana Peterson. 2008. “Active Parental Consent in School-Based Research: How Much is Enough and How Do We Get It?” Evaluation Review 32(4): 335-362. Available at Dewey Library (Periodical H 1 E73X) or through the publisher’s website [http://libms3.albany.edu:8991/F/IXMN9K3YRIVGMCCIA86H589M1EFECDJJIRBP3HMQTLGQEUC1LR-65667?func=item-global&doc_library=ALB01&doc_number=000961539&year=&volume=&sub_library=ALBR]

Englebrecht, Christine, Dana Peterson, Aaron Scherer, and Toni Naccarato. 2008. “It's Not My Fault: Acceptance of Responsibility as a Component of Engagement.” Children and Youth Services Review 30(4): 466-484. Available through SUNY Science Direct Titles.

A complete list of Professor Peterson’s publications can be found on her Curriculum Vita For research assistance, contact Mary Jane Burstman, our criminal justice bibliographer, at 442-3540 or mbrustman@albany.edu.

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