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Jessica Wells, Ph.D.

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EDUCATION

Ph.D., Criminal Justice and Criminology (2017). Sam Houston State University
M.A., Criminal Justice and Criminology (2013). Sam Houston State University
Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Criminal Justice and English (2011). Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

Armstrong, T., Wells, J., Boisvert, D., Lewis, R., Cooke, E., & Woeckener, M., Kavish, N. (2019). Skin conductance, heart rate, and aggressive behavior type. Biological Psychology.

Kavish, N., Boisvert, D., Wells, J., Lewis, R., Cooke, E., Woeckener, M., & Armstrong, T. (2019). On the associations between indicators of resting arousal levels, physiological reactivity, sensation seeking, and psychopathic traits. Personality and Individual Differences.

Wells, J., & Walsh, A. (2019). Biosocial Theories in Criminology. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190264079.013.245

Woeckener, M., Boisvert, D., Cooke, E., Kavish, N., Lewis, R., Wells, J., Armstrong, T., Connolly, E., & Harper, J. (2018) Parental rejection and antisocial behavior: The moderating role of testosterone. Journal of Criminal Psychology.

Cooke, E. M., Armstrong, T., Boisvert, D., Wells, J., Lewis, R. H., Hughes-Stamm, S., & Gangitano, D. (2018). The relationship between the MAOA-uVNTR polymorphism, delinquent peer affiliation, and antisocial behavior with a consideration of sex differences. Psychiatric Quarterly, 1-13.

Cooke, E., Armstrong, T., Boisvert, D., Wells, J., Lewis, R., Gangitano, D., & Hughes-Stamm, S. (2018). “The relationship between the MAOA-uVNTR polymorphism, delinquent peer affiliation, and antisocial behavior with a consideration of gender.” Accepted at Psychiatric Quarterly.

Wells, J., Armstrong, T., Boisvert, D., Lewis, R., Gangitano, D., & Hughes-Stamm, S. (2017). Stress, genes, and generalizability across gender: Effects of MAOA and stress sensitivity on crime and delinquency. Criminology, 55, 548-574.

Boisvert, D., Wells, J., Armstrong, T., & Lewis, R. (2017). Serotonin and self-control: A genetically moderated stress sensitization effect. Journal of Criminal Justice.

Boisvert, D., Wells, J., Armstrong, T., Lewis, R., & Woeckner, M. & Nobles, M. (2017). Low resting heart rate and stalking. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 0886260517698823.

Wells, J., Armstrong, T., Boutwell, B., Boisvert, D., Flores, S., Symonds, M., & Gangitano, D. (2015). Molecular genetic underpinnings of self-control: 5-HTTLPR and self-control in a sample of inmates. Journal of Criminal Justice, 43(5), 386-396.

Armstrong, G. S., Atkin-Plunk, C. A., & Wells, J. (2015). The relationship between work–family conflict, correctional officer job stress, and job satisfaction. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 42(10), 1066-1082.

Research interests: Biosocial underpinnings of antisocial behavior and associated psychological traits including self-control, aggression, and psychopathy; Stress and development; substance use and abuse; Spatial/environmental criminology; Crime Mapping.

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