Areas of Expertise:
Biosocial Criminology, Developmental/Life-Course Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, and Quantitative Research Methods


Dr. Connolly specializes in biosocial and developmental/life-course criminology. His research focuses on 1) identifying biological and social sources of risk and resilience for delinquency, 2) understanding developmental/life-course pathways to delinquent behavior and violent victimization, and 3) assessing health disparities among justice involved youth. His current research focuses on using quasi-experimental research designs to better understand the extent to which different forms of early life adversity (i.e., brain injury, child maltreatment, chronic bullying) contribute to antisocial behavior and mental and physical health outcomes.

Dr. Connolly has published widely in peer-reviewed journals such as Child Development, Criminology, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Journal of Youth and Adolescence. He is a founding member and president of the Biosocial Criminology Association - an organization of researchers and practitioners committed to applying a multidisciplinary research approach to the study of antisocial and criminal behavior.


  • Connolly, E.J., Cooke, E.M., Beaver, K.M., & Brown, W. (2019). Do Developmental Changes in Impulsivity and Sensation Seeking Uniquely Predict Violent Victimization? A Test of the Dual Systems Model. Journal of Criminal Justice. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0047235219303265
  • Connolly, E.J. & Jackson, D.B. (2019). Adolescent Gang Membership and Adverse Behavioral, Mental Health, and Physical Health Outcomes in Young Adulthood. Criminal Justice and Behavior. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0093854819871076.
  • Connolly, E.J. & McCormick, B.F. (2019). Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychopathology in Adolescence: Evidence from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods. Journal of Adolescent Health. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.12.023
  • Connolly, E.J. (2019). Further Evaluating the Relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Antisocial Behavior, and Violent Victimization: A Sibling-Comparison Analysis. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. https://doi.org/10.1177/1541204019833145
  • Connolly, E.J. & Kavish, N. (2019). The Causal Relationship between Childhood Adversity and Developmental Trajectories of Delinquent Behavior: A Consideration of Genetic and Environmental Confounds. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 48, 199-211.
  • Connolly, E.J., Schwartz, J.A., Jackson, D.B., & Beaver, K.M. (2018). How Far Does the Apple Fall from the Tree? Maternal Delinquency and Sex-Specific Patterns of Offspring Delinquent Behavior. Journal of Criminal Justice, 54, 50-61.