Dr. Stephen G. Tibbetts


  • 1997 Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland
  • 1994 M.A., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland
  • 1991 B.S. Criminology and Law, University of Florida (with High Honors)


Stephen G. Tibbetts has been pursuing an understanding of criminal offending for the past two decades. He has published 9 books and over 50 other scientific works that primarily deal with the risk factors and causes of criminality. Dr. Tibbetts served as an Officer of the Court/CASA in Washington County, Tennessee, for several years, in which he directed the disposition of numerous juvenile court cases. He continued this work as a child advocate in San Bernardino County from 2000 to 2006.

Dr. Tibbetts was awarded the Golden Apple Award in Spring 2011 for being chosen Outstanding Professor at CSUSB. He also received the Outstanding Professional Development College Award in Spring 2009.

Research Interests

  • Criminological Theory
  • Juvenile Delinquency/Juvenile Justice
  • Methodological Issues and Data Analysis
  • Gender Differences in Deviance
  • Personality and Psychometric Factors in Criminal Behavior
  • Biosocial Theories of Deviance
  • Program Evaluation and Consultation
  • Gang Intervention and Prevention
  • Email: stibbett@csusb.edu
  • Phone: 909-537-5552
  • Office Location: Social Behavioral Sciences (SB) 209Q

Classes Taught

  • CJUS 320 – Theories of Crime & Delinquency
  • CJUS 354 – Victimology
  • CJUS 455 – Forensic Profiling
  • CJUS 585 – Criminality over the Life Course
  • CJUS 606 – Graduate Applied Statistics in Criminal Justice
  • CJUS 607 – Graduate Applied Criminological Theories in Criminal Justice

Research Supervision

Principal Investigator/Director – JJCPA Evaluation of Riverside Youth Programs – 2012 – present

($350,000 over 5 year evaluation period). Supervising 2 graduate research assistants.

Supervision of 13 Graduate MA Theses (member on 34 Thesis Committees); Chaired graduate

student thesis that received SBS College Outstanding Thesis Award (Joseph Schwartz) in

2010; Chaired thesis for student who received SBS College Outstanding Graduate Student

Award (Julie Humphrey) in 2008.