Joan Reid

Joan Reid, Criminal Justice

Joan Reid, Criminal Justice

Assistant Professor
Health and Social Sciences Building #493


Human trafficking, sexual violence, child maltreatment, victimology, and recovery of crime victims

Research Interest

Dr. Reid's research concerns include human trafficking, sexual violence, child maltreatment, victimology, and recovery of crime victims.

Educational Background

2010  Ph.D., Criminology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
2004  M.A., Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, University of South Florida, Tampa FL 
2004  B.A., Psychology, minor in Russian, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL


For ten years, Dr. Reid has counseled individuals recovering from sexual trauma including youth in foster care and detained in juvenile justice facilities.  She maintains her license as a mental health counselor as well as national certifications as a clinical mental health and rehabilitation counselor.

Human trafficking is a primary theme of Dr. Reid’s research agenda.  In 2008, she conducted field research in the Tampa Bay area funded by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance as part of a national study on domestic minor sex trafficking.  Her findings, describing the problem in the Tampa Bay area, were included in a national report presented at U.S. congressional hearings on the issue in 2010.  In 2012, with funding from the American Psychology-Law Society, Dr. Reid began a multi-site study exploring the formation of trauma bonds between sex traffickers and their adolescent victims. The knowledge gained through this research will be used to create more effective treatments aimed at unlocking the dysfunctional psychological bond that often forms as a result of exploitation in sex trafficking.  

In addition to research focused on human trafficking, Dr. Reid’s work on sexual victimization and child maltreatment has appeared in journals such as Violence and Victims, Child Maltreatment, Victims & Offenders, and Criminal Justice and Behavior.

Dr. Reid is a member of the American Society of Criminology and the American Psychological Association.