Forensic Sciences: Methods and Techniques


Stephen G Tibbetts

Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, California State University, San Bernardino (2000-present).

Member, BioPsychoSocial Division of American Society of Criminology (founding member, 2014-present).

Researcher, Published numerous books and dozens of journal articles on the biosocial predictors in development of criminality.


Currently a Professor at California State University, San Bernardino, Stephen Tibbetts has been pursuing an understanding of criminal offending for over the past three decades. He has attempted to discover the extent to which individuals’ inherent biological dispositions and attitudinal traits contribute to their offending decisions, especially in relation to other factors, such as demographic, developmental, and situational factors. Dr. Tibbetts’ research has included work on the differences between men and women in their decisions to commit deviant behavior, as well as their perceptions of risk and consequences of getting caught. His additional research interests include the effects of perinatal disorders as an influence in future criminality, the etiology of white-collar crime, and gang intervention. Dr. Tibbetts has published nine books and more than 50 scholarly papers examining various issues in criminology. He received the 2011 Outstanding Professor Award at CSU, San Bernardino. He previously worked extensively as an Officer of the Court in providing recommendations for dispositions of numerous juvenile court cases from 1997 to 2008.

Areas of Interest

Biosocial explanations of criminality, perinatal disorders in predicting future offending, self-conscious emotions in decision-making, life-course/developmental perspectives of criminality.

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Recent Publications/Books

  • Schram PJ, Tibbetts SG (2020; forthcoming) Introduction to Criminology: Why Do They Do It? 3rdedn, SAGE, Thousand Oaks, CA, USA.

  • Tibbetts SG (2019) Criminological Theory: The Essentials, 3rdedn, SAGE, Thousand Oaks, CA, USA.

  • Tibbetts SG, Hemmens C (2018) Criminological Theory: A Text/Reader, 3rdedn, SAGE, Thousand Oaks, CA, USA.

  •  Wright JP, Tibbetts SG, Daigle LE (2015) Criminals in the Making: Crime Over the Life-Course, 2ndedn, SAGE, Thousand Oaks, CA, USA.

  • Schram PJ, Tibbetts SG (2015) Criminology (custom made for Washington State University). Thousand Oaks, CA, USA.

Recent Publications/Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Tibbetts SG (2018) Bio-social Theory. In: Brisman A, South N, Carrabine E (eds.). Entry in the Routledge Companion to Criminological Theory and Concepts.  Routledge, London, UK.

  • Tibbetts SG, Rivera J (2017) Life-course Theory. In: Brisman A, South N, & Carrabine E (eds.). Entry in the Routledge Companion to Criminological Theory and Concepts. Routledge, London, UK.

  • Paternoster R, Tibbetts SG (2016) White-Collar Crime and Perceptual Deterrence. In: Van Slyke S, Benson M, Cullen, F (eds.). Book chapter in The Oxford Handbook of White-Collar Crime. Oxford University Press, UK.

  • Tibbetts SG, Rivera J (2015) Prenatal and Perinatal Factors in the Development of Persistent Criminality. In: Morizot J, Kazemian L (eds.). Book chapter in The Development of Criminal and Antisocial Behavior: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Applications. Springer, New York, USA.

  • Rebellon CJ, Wiesen-Martin D, Piquero NL, Piquero AR, Tibbetts SG (2015) Gender Differences in Criminal Intent: Examining the Mediating Influence of Anticipated Shaming. Deviant Behavior 36: 17-41.

  • Tibbetts SG (2014) Traits and States of Self-Conscious Emotions in Criminal Decision Making. In: van Gelder JL, Ellfers H, Reynald D, Nagin D (eds.). Book chapter in Affect and Cognition in Criminal Decision Making. Routledge, London, UK.

Recent Seminars and Conferences

  • Speaker: Prenatal and Perinatal Complications in Predicting Criminality, California State University, San Bernardino, Criminal Justice Research Talk, Center for Criminal Justice Research, Spring 2018.

  • Speaker: Self-Conscious Emotions and Criminal Offending Honolulu, Hawaii Conference of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Winter 2017.

  • Discussant of Panel Session: Thematic Panel: Cutting-Edge Biosocial Research. San Francisco, CA, American Society of Criminology, Fall 2015

  • Speaker: The Dude Abides: Applying Criminological Theory to the Big Lebowski, San Francisco, CA, American Society of Criminology, Fall 2015.   

  • Chair/Discussant of Panel Session: Biosocial Perspectives of Criminal Decision Making, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Spring 2014.

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