Jessica earned a BA in Psychology and Sociology with a certificate in Law, Crime, and Society from Penn State in 2013. She then went on to earn a MS in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2015. Jessica is interested in interdisciplinary research, particularly in the application of social psychology, cognitive psychology, and gender studies to crime. Her foremost interest is in offender decision-making processes. Her research has been published in Justice Quarterly and Deviant Behavior. She currently works as a research assistant for Dr. Jean McGloin.

Areas of Interest

  • Offender Decision Making
  • Peer Influence
  • Identity Construction
  • Gender and Crime
Jessica Deitzer
2148 LeFrak Hall
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
jdeitzer [at]