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Ryan Shields

Ryan Shields
Ryan T. ShieldsAssistant Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
    School of Criminology and Justice Studies
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4335
  • Office
    Health and Social Sciences Building - 445
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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.," Cambridge University Press pp. 728 - 752
  • Shields, R., Sandler, J.C., Letourneau, E.J., Vandiver, D.M., Chaffin, M. (2017) "Juvenile Sexual Crime Reporting Rates Are Not Influenced by Juvenile Sex Offender Registration Policies.," Psychology, Public Policy, and Law 23:2 pp. 131 - 140
  • Shields, R., Rinehart, J.K., Armstrong, K.S., Letourneau, E.J. (2016) "The Effects of Transfer Laws on Youth with Sexual or Robbery Offenses," Criminal Justice and Behavior 11 pp. 1619
  • Shields, R., Feder, K.A. (2016) "The Public Health Approach to Preventing Sexual Violence," Springer International Publishing pp. 129 - 144
  • 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 pp. 1