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Ryan Shields

Ryan Shields is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at UMass Lowell.
Ryan T. Shields Assistant Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
    School of Criminology and Justice Studies
  • Phone
  • Office
    Health and Social Sciences Building - 445
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Violence prevention and control, Sexual violence

Research Interests

Sexual violence; Sex crime policy; Child sexual abuse prevention; Punishment.


  • Ph.D.: Criminology & Criminal Justice, (2013), Florida State University - Tallahassee, FL
  • MS: Criminal Justice, (2008), University of Baltimore - Baltimore, MD
  • BS: Criminal Justice, (2005), University of Baltimore - Baltimore, MD

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (2012), Teaching - Florida State University
  • Joe Harris Memorial Teaching Fellowship (2011), Teaching - Florida State University
  • Featured Student/Student Star (2010), Scholarship/Research - Florida State University
  • Frank Doolittle Memorial Scholarship (2010), Scholarship/Research - Florida State University
  • College Teaching Fellowship (2008), Scholarship/Research - Florida State University
  • Sgt. Don Farley Memorial Scholarship (2008), Scholarship/Research - University of Balitmore
  • Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Advisory Award (2008), Scholarship/Research - University of Baltimore

Selected Publications

  • Shields, R., Letourneau, E.J. (2017). Ending Child Sexual Abuse: A Look at Prevention Efforts in the United States. (pp. 728 - 752). Cambridge University Press
  • Sandler, J.C., Letourneau, E.J., Vandiver, D.M., Shields, R., Chaffin, M. (2017). Juvenile Sexual Crime Reporting Rates Are Not Influenced by Juvenile Sex Offender Registration Policies. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 23(2) 131 - 140.
  • Rinehart, J.K., Armstrong, K.S., Shields, R., Letourneau, E.J. (2016). The Effects of Transfer Laws on Youth with Sexual or Robbery Offenses. Criminal Justice and Behavior, (11) 1619.
  • Shields, R., Feder, K.A. (2016). The Public Health Approach to Preventing Sexual Violence (pp. 129 - 144). Springer International Publishing
  • Shields, R., Letourneau, E.J. (2015). Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and the Emergence of Safe Harbor Legislation: Implications for Policy and Practice. Current Psychiatry Reports, (3) 1.