Emily Restivo received her Ph.D. and master's in criminology from the Florida State University in 2011, and her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2006. Her primary research interests focus on the impact of formal labeling on subsequent criminal behavior, juvenile delinquency, and the impact of parenting on adolescent crime and delinquency. She has published work in Justice Quarterly, Acta Criminologica, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Crime and Delinquency, and Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. She currently volunteers her time as a researcher and data analyst for the New Jersey Parent Caucus helping analyze the data that they have collected over the past six years in regards to their Youth Justice Initiative program that began in 2009.

Recent Projects/Research

  • The investigation of a broad range of emotional and behavior issues of juveniles incarcerated in the adult prison system. Two of the most pressing issues in corrections today are the large number of inmates with mental health issues and the overuse of solitary confinement. Thus, this will be an examination of the types of experiences juveniles with mental illnesses have had while incarcerated and how these experiences affect various types of justice involvement.
  • Examining the independent effects of attachment to parents on deviant behavior while simultaneously considering family environment characteristics that may condition that relationship or have a non-linear effect on deviance.


  • Restivo, Emily and Mark M. Lanier. 2014. “The Impact of Extra-Legal Factors on the labeling of Juveniles as ‘Offenders’”. Forthcoming in Acta Criminologica: the South African Journal of Criminology.
  • Meldrum, Ryan and Emily Restivo. 2014. “The behavioral and health consequences of sleep deprivation among U.S. high school students: Relative deprivation matters.” Preventative Medicine 63:24-28.
  • Restivo, Emily and Mark Lanier. 2013 “Measuring the Contextual Effects and Mitigating Factors of Labeling Theory.” Forthcoming inJustice Quarterly.
  • Hay, Carter, Brian Stults and Emily Restivo. 2012. “Suppressing the Harmful Effects of Key Risk Factors: Results from the Children at Risk Experimental Intervention.” Criminal Justice and Behavior

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology
  • CRIM 101: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRIM 111: Police and Society
  • SOCI 150: American Urban Minorities
  • CRIM 150: Principles of Correction
  • SOCI 175: Social Problems
  • SOCI 273: Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOCI 301: Marriage and the Family
  • CRIM 301: Criminal Investigation
  • CRIM 320: Probation and Parole
  • CRIM 354: Organized Crime
  • CRIM 415: Crisis Intervention
  • CRIM 495: Field Placement

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