Dr. Maria Tcherni

"The Great Violence Decline of the Last 20 Years: Possible Explanations"
Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Marvin K. Peterson Library, upper level


The Great Violence Decline has started in the early 1990s. Every category of violent crime has been on the decrease: murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Criminologists have been puzzled about the reasons for this decline and offered a number of interesting explanations: from Roe v. Wade to increased incarceration.

In this talk, I will discuss the most prominent explanations offered and introduce three new and promising ones: lead exposure, psychotropic drugs, and online social networking.

Biographical Information

Dr. Maria Tcherni is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven. She joined the department after completing her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at the University at Albany-SUNY. Before her doctoral studies, she worked as a forensic psychologist after earning her Master’s degree in Psychology from Moscow State University and later got a Master’s in Criminal Justice at Northeastern University in Boston.

Dr. Tcherni’s main research interests focus on crime trends and patterns, structural causes of violence, specifically the connection between poverty and violence, and mental health and familial issues related to the poverty-violence link.


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