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Patricia Becker, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Dr. Becker is an Assistant Professor of Criminology. She graduated from La Salle University with a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies. She attended graduate school at the University of Delaware where she received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology. She is focused on understanding the various dimensions of crime and victimization. Ongoing research explores three areas: (i) the role—and importance—of families in the reentry process of justice-involved individuals, (ii) how parenting relates to recidivism and desistance, and (iii) how social and structural dynamics influence the relationship between family and crime.


  • Becker, Patricia, Christy Visher, and Daniel O’Connell. (2021). Implementing a Culture of Health Among Probationers. Forthcoming in Journal of Correctional Health Care.
  • O’Connell, Daniel, Christy Visher, and Becker, Patricia. (2020). Linking individuals on probation to health care: A pilot randomized trial. Health & Justice, 8(8), 1-7.
  • Becker, Patricia and Ronet Bachman. (2019). Intimate partner violence in the military: An investigation of reporting crimes to law enforcement. Journal of Family Violence, 1-10.
  • Miller, Susan and Patricia Becker. (2019). Apples and oranges?: A comparative analysis of women in IPV victim support groups and women arrested for using force in relationships. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-27.
  • Pugh, Brandie and Patricia Becker. (2018). Exploring definitions and prevalence of verbal sexual coercion and its relationship to consent to unwanted sex: Implications for affirmative consent standards on college campuses. Behavior Sciences, 8(8), 69.
  • Taylor, Caitlin and Patricia Becker. (2015). Are your friends crucial or trivial? Peer support’s effect on recidivism. Justice Policy Journal, 12(1), 1-20.