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Abby Fagan

Abigail A. Fagan is an Associate Professor at the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. Dr. Fagan's research focuses on the etiology and prevention of juvenile delinquency and drug use, with an emphasis on examining the ways in which scientific advances can be successfully translated into effective crime and delinquency prevention practices. Her research includes investigation of the effects of family processes (e.g., parenting practices and sibling relationships), victimization experiences, and community influences on juvenile offending. Dr. Fagan has worked on the Blueprints for Violence Prevention Initiative and the Community Youth Development Study, both of which seek to assist community agencies and practitioners in identifying and replicating with fidelity effective delinquency prevention programs. Her etiological and applied work has been published in leading journals in criminology, psychology, and public health and shared with scientists, policy makers, and practitioners at conferences and invited presentations.

Abby Fagan

Associate Professor
313 Hecht House


Ph.D. 2001, University of Colorado; Sociology
B.A. 1992, University of Delaware; English Literature and Criminal Justice

Courses Taught

  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Prevention and Treatment of Crime and Delinquency
  • Survey of Criminological Theories

Research Interests

  • Neighborhood and Family Influences on Juvenile Delinquency
  • Victimization and Offending
  • Gender and Offending
  • Crime Prevention and Public Policy
  • Community-based Delinquency Prevention Programming and Implementation

Select Publications

  • Catalano, Richard F., Abigail A. Fagan, Mark T. Greenberg, Charles Irwin, David A. Ross, Vikram Patel, Daniel T.L. Shek. 2012. “Worldwide Application of Prevention Science in Adolescent Health.” The Lancet 379: 1653-1664.
  • Fagan, Abigail A. and Emily M. Wright. 2012. “The Effects of Neighborhood Context on Youth Violence and Delinquency: Does Gender Matter?” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice 10(1): 64-82.
  • Fagan, Abigail A., Michael W. Arthur, Koren Hanson, John S. Briney, and J. David Hawkins. 2011. “Effects of Communities That Care on the Adoption and Implementation of Evidence-based Prevention Programs in Communities: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial.” Prevention Science 12: 223-234.
  • Hawkins, J. David, Sabrina Oesterle, Eric C. Brown, Michael W. Arthur, Robert D. Abbott, Abigail A. Fagan, and Richard F. Catalano. 2009. “Results of a Type 2 Translational Research Trial to Prevent Adolescent Drug Use and Delinquency: A Test of Communities That Care.” Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 163(9): 789-798.
  • Mihalic, Sharon, Abigail A. Fagan, and Susanne Maher. 2008. “Implementing the LifeSkills Training Drug Prevention Program: Factors Related to Implementation Fidelity.” Implementation Science 3:5.
  • Fagan, Abigail A. 2007. “Investment in After-school Programs: Is It Worth the Risk?” Criminology and Public Policy 6(2): 1401-1409.
  • Fagan, Abigail A. 2005. “The Relationship Between Adolescent Physical Abuse and Criminal Offending: Support for an Enduring and Generalized Cycle of Violence.” Journal of Family Violence 20(5): 279-290.
  • Fagan, Abigail A. and Jake M. Najman. 2003. “Sibling Influences on Adolescent Delinquent Behavior: An Australian Longitudinal Study.” Journal of Adolescence 26(5): 546-558.


  • “Violent Victimization, Neighborhood Context and Adolescent Drug Use.” Principal Investigators: Abigail A. Fagan and Emily M. Wright. A $529,727 project funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, September 2010-August 2013.
  • “Community Youth Development Study: A Test of Communities That Care.” A $123,413 project funded by the Social Development Research Group, University of Washington, July 2008 - June 2013. Parent grant funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  • “Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence: Gendered and Contextual Effects on Adolescent Interpersonal Violence, Drug Use, and Mental Health Outcomes.”Principal Investigators: Emily M. Wright and Abigail A. Fagan. A $37,179 project funded by the National Institute of Justice, December 2009 - June 2011.