Dr. Matthew DeLisi

Dean's Professor


Office:203 East Hall
510 Farm House Ln.
Ames IA

Topics of interest: biosocial criminology, career criminals, corrections, criminal careers, developmental psychopathology, Habitual criminal offending, pathological criminality, psychopathy, self-control theory, self-control/self-regulation, temperament


Matt DeLisi is College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Professor, Coordinator of Criminal Justice Studies, Professor in the Department of Sociology, and Faculty Affiliate of the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State University. A renowned scholar, Professor DeLisi is one of the most prolific and highly-cited criminologists in the world with approximately 400 scholarly publications on an array of topics in the social, behavioral, and forensic sciences. Professor DeLisi has published 29 books with a variety of publishers including Cambridge University Press, John Wiley & Sons, Jones & Bartlett, Kendall/Hunt, McGraw-Hill, Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, Sage, University of Texas Press, and others.

In 2012, Dr. DeLisi received the prestigious Fellow Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for distinguished teaching and research achievement. He has provided expert services and consulted on capital murder and multiple-homicide offender cases in multiple federal and state jurisdictions. In 2013, Professor DeLisi has provided testimony to 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, Dr. DeLisi has served as a research specialist with United States Probation and Pretrial Services and consulted with scores of practitioners in the federal judiciary and correctional spheres. Prior to entering academia, Dr. DeLisi worked as a pretrial services officer for five years.

He has been involved in several academic organizations including the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Association for Psychological Science, and Biosocial Criminology Association among others. Since 2017, Professor DeLisi has also been Visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom where he serves as Chair of the Interactional Advisor Group for the None in Three Project, a multi-nation, multi-disciplinary, large-scale (£ millions) funded initiative to reduce gender-based violence.

Major Awards

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Professor (Endowed), 2018-present
  • Fellow, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, 2012
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Criminal Justice, 2010-present
  • Editorial Board Member (current and prior): Aggressive Behavior, American Journal of Criminal Justice, Child Psychiatry & Human Development, Criminal Justice Review, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, Frontiers in Forensic and Legal Psychology, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Journal of Behavioral Health, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Journal of Criminal Psychology, Journal of Drug Issues, Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice

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