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Dr. Karin Miofsky

Assistant Professor


Portrait

Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Hillyer Hall 404
860.768.4232
miofsky@hartford.edu

Education

Ph.D. - University of Missouri – Saint Louis
M.A. - University of Missouri – Saint Louis
B.A. - Saint Louis University



Dr. Miofsky is currently a Co-Principal Investigator for a project entitled “Building a Prevention Framework to Address Teen “Sexting” Behaviors.” The research is funded by a two-year grant from the Department of Justice Office on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and is one of the nation’s first in-depth studies on teen sexting. This research will inform the development of prevention policy and practice addressing the incidence and harmful consequences associated with juveniles’ production and distribution of sexually explicit images of themselves or peers via cell phone -- a practice commonly referred to as “sexting.” In partnership with school districts in Massachusetts, Ohio, and South Carolina, the study entails collecting in-depth focus group and questionnaire data from youth, parents, educators, and law enforcement personnel. 

Her research on bullying focuses on the causes and consequences of bullying behaviors; understanding the relationship between bullying and general delinquency; definitional issues surrounding bullying and the obstacles in conceptualization; and the application of various measurement techniques in capturing the nature and incidence of the experience. 

Dr. Miofsky’s research on community crime control includes examining whether community supervision, in the form of probation, has any impact of reducing criminal activities. Recently, she analyzed data from an evaluation of a California Federal Pretrial treatment program targeting sex crime defendants at risk for suicide. Specifically, this project examined the impact of this program on both traditional pretrial outcomes, such as re-arrest and failure to appear, and a new outcome area, including changes in mental health status.

Dr. Miofsky has published in Victims & Offenders, Corrections and Mental Health, Journal of Offender Monitoring, Journal of Crime and Popular Culture, and Evaluation Review. She has taught research methods and statistics, as well as classes on criminology and juvenile delinquency. Dr. Miofsky serves as the associate editor of the journal Victims and Offenders: Journal of Evidence-Based Practices.

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