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Department of Criminal Justice

Humphreys Building 300
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4950

<Dr.Ben Gibbs>

Dr. Melissa Petkovsek

Dr.Randa Embry

Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator


Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University
M.S. in Criminal Justice/Forensic Psychology, Tiffin University
B.A. in Psychology, The College of Wooster

Courses Regularly Taught:

CJ 4503 - Dynamics of Criminal Behavior
CJ 3600 - Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics
CJ 5610 - Statistics for Criminal Justice

Research Interests:

Biosocial criminology
Gene-environment interplay
Early childhood development

Selected Publications:

Meldrum, R.C., Petkovsek, M.A., Boutwell, B.B., & Youg, J.T. (2017).
Reassessing the relationship between general intelligence and self-control in
childhood. Intelligence, 60, 1-9.

Petkovsek, M.A., Boutwell, B.B., Barnes, J.C., & Beaver, K.M. (2016). Developmental Taxonomy and Gang Membership: Examining the Role of Snares in Life Course Criminology. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 14(4), 335-349.

Petkovsek, M.A. & Boutwell, B.B. (2014). Childhood Intelligence and the Emergence of Self-control. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 41(10), 1232-1249.

Petkovsek, M.A., Boutwell, B.B., Beaver, K.M., & Barnes, J.C. (2014). Prenatal Smoking and Genetic Risk: Examining the Childhood Origins of Life-Course Persistent Offending. Social Science and Medicine, 111, 17-24.



Contact Information:

Office: Humphreys Building, Room 301C-1
Phone: 660-543-4270