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Matt Delisi

BA Syracuse University
PhD University of Colorado

203A East Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
FAX: (515) 294-2303
Curriculum Vitae

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Matt DeLisi is Coordinator of Criminal Justice Studies, Professor in the Department of Sociology, and Faculty Affiliate of the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State University. Professor DeLisi's primary research interests include criminal careers/career criminals, self-control theory, corrections, psychopathy, and the molecular/behavioral genetics of antisocial behavior, and he is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and Association for Psychological Science.

Professor DeLisi is among the most prolific criminologists in the world with over 200 scholarly publications since earning his doctorate in 2000. A leading scholar in the study of pathological antisocial behavior and co-founding member of the Biosocial Criminology Research Group, Dr. DeLisi is also among the most cited criminologists of his age cohort (h-index = 26, g-index = 45, i10 index = 73). Professor DeLisi is reviewer for more than 80 journals and funding agencies in the fields of criminology and criminal justice, psychology, psychiatry, pediatrics, medicine, and public health. His research has been featured in The New York Times, Time, Forbes, US News and World Report, Newsweek, Scientific American, Chronicle of Higher Education, Psychiatric News, Science Daily, Medical News Today, Science Codex, Washington Post, and many other media and science outlets.

DeLisi Named One of the Top Five Published Criminologists

When Dr. Matt DeLisi is not teaching in the classroom or advising students on various internship opportunities, you can probably find him writing in his East Hall office...More

Matt Delisi testifies before congress

For an archived video of the hearing please click here. Iowa State Professor testifies before congressional hearing

Journal Articles


Major Awards

  • Fellow, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, 2012
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Criminal Justice
  • Editorial Board Member
  • American Journal of Criminal Justice, 2011-Present
  • Criminal Justice Review, 2009-Present
  • International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 2009-Present
  • Journal of Criminal Justice, 2010-Present
  • Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 2008-Present
  • Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 2011-Present
  • Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 2008-Present
  • Journal of Behavioral Health, 2012-Present
  • Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 2013-Present