Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Georgia Southern University
Expertise & Civic Involvements
Posick’s research focuses on the role of emotions in behavior with a particular emphasis on delinquency and criminal justice. This research was spurred by his involvement with organizations working with offenders and victims. Chad served as a board member for Partners in Restorative Initiatives (PiRI), a non-profit organization in upstate New York that trains agencies in peace circles (schools, community-based groups, and criminal justice agencies) and facilitates restorative justice in certain disputes and criminal cases. His research has addressed questions regarding the role of emotions in reporting to the police, delinquent behavior, self-harming behavior, and attitudes toward punishment and the police. He will join the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Georgia Southern University in the fall 0f 2013.
Co-Authored with Michael Singleton, SSN Key Findings, May 2014
SSN Key Findings, March 2013
"Person-in-Context: Insights on Contextual Variation in the Victim-offender Overlap across Schools" (with ). Journal of Interpersonal Violence 30, no. 8 (2015): 1432-1455. Suggests that victimization is positively and significantly related to offending in all school contexts but that the relationship between victimization and offending is stronger in non-urban schools than in urban schools. Indicates that negative emotionality may play a key role in unpacking the mechanisms through which context moderates the victim-offender overlap.
"On the General Relationship between Victimization and Offending: Examining Cultural Contingencies" (with ). Journal of Criminal Justice 43, no. 3 (2015): 195-204. Suggests that victimization remains a salient predictor of offending across contexts with overall consistency in its effect on offending. Some cultural indicators were shown to slightly moderate this relationship.
"Victimization and Police Reporting: The Role of Negative Emotionality" Psychology of Violence (forthcoming). Describes the emotions felt by individuals after their victimization experience, and examines the causes of these emotions and investigates the pathway from these emotions to police reporting.
"Do Boys Fight and Girls Cut? A General Strain Theory Approach to Gender and Deviance" (with ). Deviant Behavior (forthcoming). Reviews the research on the impact of strains on behavior as well as how strain leads to negative emotions which influence behavior, then analyzes data on a sample of adolescents to explore how strain differentially affects boys and girls and how their response to emotions impacts their individual behavior.
"More Than a Feeling: Integrating Empathy into the Study of Lawmaking, Lawbreaking, and Reactions to Lawbreaking" (with ). International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology (November 2012). Incorporates empathy into several facets of criminology including the explanations of: lawmaking, lawbreaking (delinquency), and relationships with law enforcement.
- "A Biosocial Explanation for Running from Police," Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, August 5, 2015.
- "4 Reasons to Doubt the ‘Ferguson Effect’ and Claims of a National Crime Wave" (with ), Bangor Daily News, June 10, 2015.
- "Us vs Them Needs to be Us with Them," The Conversation, April 28, 2015.
- "Empathy on the Street: How Understanding between Police and Communities Makes Us Safer," The Conversation, April 20, 2015.
- "How to Build a Culture of Empathy in Criminal Justice: Part 1," Interview with Edwin Rusch, Center for Buidling a Culture of Empathy and Compassion, December 10, 2012.
- "How to Build a Culture of Empathy in Criminal Justice: Part 2," Interview with Edwin Rusch, Center for Building a Culture of Empathy and Compassion, December 10, 2012.
Talks and Briefings
- "The Role of Empathy in Crime, Policing and Justice," (with Joe Brummer, Michael Rocque, and Edwin Rutsch), Center for Building a Culture of Empathy, May 10, 2013.
- "Expanding the Empathy Pillar: A Biosocial Approach for Incorporating Empathy into Criminology," 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Washington, DC, November 15, 2011.