Sociology professor is named a fellow in the Association for Psychological Science

Matthew DeLisi, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Professor and professor of sociology at Iowa State University, has been named a fellow in the Association for Psychological Science (APS), a 33,000-member international organization dedicated to advancing scientific psychology across disciplinary and geographic borders.

The prestigious fellow status is awarded to APS members who have significantly contributed to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service and/or application. Typically, individuals earn the award for their scientific contributions and exceptional work in the field through the development of research opportunities. DeLisi joined APS in 2011.

While DeLisi’s academic home is the Department of Sociology, his research on serious, violent and pathological criminal defenders often crosses into the field of psychology.

“I conduct interdisciplinary research and most of my work is more psychological and even psychiatric in nature,” DeLisi said. “Given the critical importance on public safety, my scholarship on the most serious offenders directly translates into practice.”

DeLisi is a prolific and highly-cited criminologist with approximately 400 scholarly publications and 29 books to his credit on multiple topics in the social, behavioral and forensic sciences. He regularly consults on capital murder and multiple-homicide offender cases in federal and state jurisdictions. In 2013, for example, he testified in front of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and consulted on criminal justice policy to a variety of federal stakeholders, including the United States Attorney General, National Institute of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation and others. Since 2014, he has served as a research specialist with United States Probation and Pretrial Services, and consulted with practitioners in federal judiciary and correctional operations.