My research interests focus on individual factors related to juvenile delinquency. Specifically, I am interested in how individual or personality characteristics, such as callous-unemotional traits, contribute to criminal propensity. Further, I am interested in how these same factors are related to behavior while incarcerated, and behavior post-release. My ultimate goal as a researcher is to advance the field of knowledge on these factors and inform and refine risk assessment across the course of criminal justice involvement and subsequently inform forensic assessments and targeted clinical interventions.
Fite, P. Tampke, E., & Griffith (in press). Perceived containment among elementary school age youth. Psychopathology & Behavioral Assessment.
Fite, P., Pederson, C., Griffith, R. (in press). Further evaluation of factors associated with restrictive housing among detained youth. Child & Youth Care Forum.
Pederson, C., Griffith, R., & Fite, P. (2019, March). Relations between profiles of individual characteristics and crime typologies in juvenile offenders. Poster presented at the American Psychology and Law Society Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.
Griffith, R., Pederson, C., & Fite, P. (2018, October) Juvenile crime typologies: Do individual factors matter? Poster presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Annual meeting, Kansas City, MO.