Dr. Alicia Sitren
Alicia H. Sitren earned a doctoral degree in Public Affairs and Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida in 2007. Dr. Sitren's dissertation examined the deterrent effects of personal and vicarious experiences with punishment and punishment avoidance. Utilizing survey and factorial vignette methodologies, this study examined decision making processes among a group of convicted adult offenders.
Presently, Dr. Sitren's published works have been devoted to offender perceptions, the nature and function of jails, and job candidate desirability research. In addition to these published works, Sitren is currently working towards the completion of several projects, including a public opinion poll examining perceptions of crime and victimization within the local community, and the development of a criminology-econometric model to further assess offender decision making paradigms.
Historically, Sitren has taught courses in criminological theory, research methods, corrections and penology, and criminal justice systems. In particular, Sitren has a passion to pursue the study of white-collar and elite crime. With an undergraduate background in finance, and professional training in security and fraud identification, she is enthusiastic about expanding her research and teaching agendas to include the study of econometric modeling and elite crimes.
Selected Refereed Publications
Sitren, A.H., & Applegate, B.K. (2012). Testing Deterrence Theory with Offenders: The Empirical Validity of Stafford and Warr’s Model. Deviant Behavior, 33, 492-506.
Sitren, A.H., & Applegate, B.K. (2011). Hiring Criminology and Criminal Justice Academics: The Perceived Importance of Job Candidates’ Attributes. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 1-18.
Sitren, A.H., Smith, H.P., Applegate, B.K., & Gould, L.A. (2009). Jail Visitation: An
Assessment of Organizational Policy and Information Availability. Southwest Journal of
Criminal Justice, 5, 207-220.
Applegate, B.K., Cable, C. & Sitren, A.H. (2009). Academia’s Most Wanted: The Characteristics of Desirable Academic Job Candidates in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 20, 20-39.
Smith, H.P., Applegate, B.K., Sitren, A.H., & Springer, N. (2009). The Limits of Individual Control? Perceived Officer Power and Probationer Compliance. Journal of Criminal Justice, 37, 241-247.
Springer, N., Applegate, B.K., Smith, H.P, & Sitren, A.H. (2009). Exploring the Determinants of
Probationers’ Perceptions of Their Supervising Officers. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 48,
Applegate, B.K., Smith, H.P., Sitren, A.H., & Springer, N. (2009). From the Inside: The
Meaning of Probation to Probationers. Criminal Justice Review, 39, 80-95.
Applegate, B.K., & Sitren, A.H. (2008). The Jail and the Community: Comparing Jails in Rural
and Urban Contexts. The Prison Journal, 88, 252-269.
Sitren, A.H., & Applegate, B.K. (2007). Testing the Deterrent Effects of Personal and Vicarious Experience with Punishment and Punishment Avoidance. Deviant Behavior, 28, 29-55.