Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University

Krysta Dawson

Krysta Dawson is a Ph.D. student in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. She completed her B.A. (Hons) in Psychology at Thompson Rivers University in 2014, and her Master’s degree in Criminology at SFU in 2016. Her research interests include the developmental pathways and social networks of serious violent youth, with a specific focus on gang members. For her Master’s thesis, using a developmental and life-course lens, she examined judicial ideologies and decision-making processes when sentencing youth who had committed a serious violent offence. Working with Dr. Martin Bouchard, the focus of Krysta’s dissertation will be a comparison between the social networks of serious violent youth and gang members. As social networks of potential co-offenders or accomplices accumulate over the course of the criminal career, opportunities to commit violent crimes increase and youth are more likely to be arrested following their most recent release from custody. Mapping the ego networks of serious violent youth and gang members allows for changes within these networks to be identified, which may then be used to explain possible changes within the youth’s trajectory.

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