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Aimée X. Delaney, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
508-929-8421 adelaney@worcester.edu
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Areas of Expertise


Dr. Delaney specializes in the study of violence and victimization, with a focus on juvenile crime, risk behaviors among youth, youth victimization, and family and community violence. Her book, Norms of Violence: Violent Socialization Processes and the Spillover Effect for Youth Crime, propels an integrated theory of social control and culture of violence arguing that violent socialization processes spill over into other domains within society, contributing to the normalization of violence. Her book offers a unique perspective to the international study of deviant and criminal behavior, by focusing the impact of violence on both victimization and offending.

Dr. Delaney’s research is published in Criminal Justice Review, International Criminal Justice Review, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Current Perspectives on Family Research, Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, and several criminal justice related encyclopedias. She has made more than 40 research and professional presentations, including the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Criminology. As the primary evaluator on a $1.25M Drug Free Community Grant for the Raymond Coalition for Youth, she developed more than five different Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (high school and middle school levels), analyzed data obtained from these surveys, and written several policy publications and monographs.

Prior to working in academia, Dr. Delaney worked for over 10 years in the criminal and juvenile justice systems within the State of New Hampshire. Dr. Delaney is trained in forensic interviewing, batterer’s intervention, and alternative conflict resolution.

University of New Hampshire
University of Massachusetts
Criminal Justice
University of Massachusetts
Domestic Violence Prevention
University of Massachusetts
Criminal Justice


Research At A Glance

Raymond Coalition for Youth

Raymond Coalition for Youth

Since 2009, Dr. Delaney has worked with the Raymond Coalition for Youth as the Evaluator for a Drug Free Community (DFC) Grant awarded through the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The purpose of the grant is to provide local community coalitions with funding to prevent youth substance use, and work towards strengthening the infrastructure among local partners to sustain a reduction in local youth substance use. The Raymond Coalition for Youth is a community coalition that serves to prevent the misuse and abuse of substances among youth. Dr. Delaney provides survey design of and data analysis for the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), both for the high school and middle school. Her research with the RCFY has demonstrated the positive effect the community has had in reducing youth risk behavior, including youth substance misuse. Dr. Delaney’s on-going work with the RCFY has contributed to positive changes in the community through the application of “real world” research with theoretical explanations for possible explanations for the decline in youth risk behaviors and crime.