- Addressing the application of psychological research, methods, and expertise to issues that come before the legal system in the context of forensic psychology
- Understanding and preventing sexual violence
- Investigating the effects and outcomes of sexual or other types of violence, such as PTSD and other traumatic stress-related disorders
My research has focused on sexual violence in terms of assessment and treatment. Historically I also conducted research on Juvenile sex offenders and victims of sexual abuse/assault. My students and I have also conducted research on Competency restoration and perceptions of Female Sexual offenders.
Stinson, J.D., & Becker, J.V. (2013). Treating sex offenders: An evidence based manual.. New York: Guilford Press.
Stinson, J.D., Sales, B.D., & Becker, J.V. (2008). Sex offending: Causal theories to inform research, prevention, and treatment. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
Mackelprang, E., & Becker, J.V. (2015). Beauty & the eye of the beholder: Gender and attractiveness affect judgments in teacher sex offense cases. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, DOI: 10.1177/1079063215597646
Stinson, J. D., McVay, L. A., & Becker, J. V. (2015). Posthospitalization Outcomes for Psychiatric Sex Offenders Comparing Two Treatment Protocols. International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology, 0306624X15594777.