Ryan Shields is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at UMass Lowell.

Ryan T. Shields

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Coordinator

College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Criminology and Justice Studies
Health and Social Sciences Building - 445


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.