Erika Gebo, PhD

Professor, Sociology & Criminal Justice

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Professor Gebo believes in active scholarly engagement with the wider community and with students. She does so through a multidisciplinary lens and funded grant work on issues related to youth justice and assistance to communities responding to violence. Where possible, students are brought into research projects in order to engage more directly with the topic under study. Her current research is conducted in collaboration with communities engaged in preventing violence. She also is interested in how institutions, such as schools and community agencies, can inhibit or promote healthy behaviors. Important in those lines of research are implications for practice and policy.


  • PhD, University of New Hampshire
  • MA, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • BA, Seton Hall University

Research Interests

  • Community and Youth Violence
  • Youth Justice
  • Crime and Justice-Related Community Initiatives
  • Policy and Evaluation



  • Gebo, Erika and Boyes-Watson, Carolyn. (2023). Youth, Crime, & Justice. (2nd ed.).Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Gebo, Erika and Brenda J. Bond, Eds. (2012). Looking Beyond Suppression: Community Responses to Gang Violence. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. Paperback (2014).

Selected Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Gebo, Erika. (2022). Intersectoral Violence Prevention: The Potential of Public Health-Criminal Justice Partnerships. Health Promotion International, 37.
  • Gebo, Erika & Brenda J. Bond (2022). Advancing Interorganizational Criminal Justice Collaborations through an Innovative Intervention. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 33, 455-479.
  • Gebo, Erika, Cesar J. Rebellon, & Heather A. Turner. (2022). Specifying the Nature of the Victim Offender Overlap: A Gendered Analysis of Victimization and Offending Subtypes. Victims & Offenders, 17, 372-394.
  • Elizabeth Dugan, & Jonathan Jay. (2022). Trends in Violent Penetrating Injuries during the First COVID-19 Pandemic Year. JAMA Network Open.
  • Gebo, Erika & Brenda J. Bond. (2020). Improving Interorganizational Collaborations: An Application in a Violence Reduction Context. The Social Science Journal.
  • Gebo, Erika. (2016) An Integrated Public Health and Criminal Justice Approach to Gangs: What Can Research Tell Us? Preventive Medicine Reports, 4, 376-380.
  • Gebo, Erika and Brenda J. Bond. (2016). Comparing Determinants of Effective Collaboration in a Comprehensive Crime Reduction Initiative. Journal of Policy Practice, 15, 212-232.
  • Gebo, Erika & Krystal S. Campos,* (2016). Perceptions of Gangs and Crews by Justice-Involved Youth and Implications for Best Practice Work. Journal of Social Services Research, 42, 478-488.
  • Gebo, Erika and Christopher J. Sullivan. (2014). A Statewide Comparison of Gang and Non-Gang Youth in Public Schools. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 6, 191-208.

*Graduate Student

Selected Book Chapters

  • Gebo, E. Responding to Street Gangs and Street Gang Members: Integrating Criminal Justice and Public Health. In J. Wood, S. Frisby-Osman, & J. Mallion (Eds.).. London, UK: Routledge.
  • Gebo, Erika. (2018). Gangs and Gang Violence. In A. Javier Triviño (Ed.). The Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems. New York: Cambridge.
  • Gebo, Erika, Brenda J. Bond and Krystal S. Campos*. (2015). The OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Strategy: The Comprehensive Gang Model. In Scott H. Decker & David C. Pyrooz (Eds.) Handbook of Gangs and Gang Responses. New York: Wiley.
  • Gebo, Erika, Ellen Foley, and Laurie Ross. (2014). Chapter 27: Preventing Gang Violence. In Peter J. Donnelly and Catherine L. Ward (Eds.). Oxford Textbook of Violence Prevention: Epidemiology, Evidence, & Policy. London, UK: Oxford.

*Graduate Student

Selected Policy and Research Reports

  • Gebo, Erika & Brenda J. Bond. (2019). Comprehensive Gang Model: Integrating Research into Practice. Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice.
  • Gebo, Erika. (2019). Address Victimization to Reduce Violence. Cambridge, MA: Scholars Strategy Network.
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Courses Taught

  • CJU-327 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
  • CJU-433 Senior Capstone
  • SOC-510 Independent Study
  • CJ-702 Research Methods