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International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology

eISSN: 15526933 | ISSN: 0306624X | Current volume: 68 | Current issue: 5 Frequency: 16 Times/Year

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology (IJO), peer-reviewed and published monthly, for more than five decades has provided therapists, counselors, researchers, forensic psychologists and psychiatrists, criminologists and policy makers with challenging research on topics including violent crime, sexual offending, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, criminal profiling, and risk assessment. There is an emphasis on the treatment of the offender--both as it relates to theory and for clinical practice. 

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SAGE is seeking reviewers for the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. If you are interested in reviewing for the journal, or if you know someone who may be interested, please email Dr. Mark T. Palermo, editor, at

Putting Theory into Practice

Peer-reviewed and expertly edited, the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology is a monthly journal dedicated to providing a forum for research, discussion and treatment of variables associated with crime and delinquency. It emphasizes treatment of the offender, both as it relates to theory and to clinical practice.

Providing a Comprehensive Forum

The International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology recognizes that many disciplines are involved in and inform this area of study and practice, and seeks to provide a comprehensive forum through which treatment practices can be improved. To that end, the journal contains submissions by experts in all fields that directly affect the treatment of prisoners and offenders. These fields include: · Psychology · Psychiatry · Social Work · Law and Legal Studies · Medicine · Criminology · Criminal Justice · Corrections · Sociology · Health Sciences

Advancing Key Areas

Promoting a unique approach to the research and practice of prisoner and offender treatment, the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology strives to grasp and advance the central aspects of the challenging phenomena of crime and delinquency.

Psychological...because some serious psychological disorders are strikingly common among prisoners and offenders, the journal works to shed new light on their derivations and treatments, providing researchers and practitioners with innovative avenues to explore.

Genetic/Biological...the profound effect that genetic and/or biological influences can have on prisoners and offenders is critical - so is the journal’s mandate to provide works that help researchers and practitioners to recognize, treat and ultimately overcome these factors.

Environmental...the life history is central to understanding prisoners and offenders, and the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology seeks to enhance the understanding of practitioners and researchers on how to address this aspect in their work.

Taking these three aspects of crime and delinquency, the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology combines them into a focused treatment approach through pertinent and credible research that can be applied to practice.

An International Perspective

Although societies around the world differ greatly, the phenomenon of crime and delinquency does not. The International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology expands the knowledge base of researchers and practitioners by reporting on international development. The journal provides researchers and practitioners the opportunity to learn from the experiences, policies, programs and perspectives of their colleagues from around the world and to use that new information in their own work.

The International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology aims to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas regarding the various factors associated with crime and delinquency. Its crosscultural aspects strive to inform criminologists, counselors, forensic psychologists and psychiatrists, policy makers and allied professions about the latest research from across the globe. Topics presented in the Journal included violent crime, sexual offending, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, criminal profiling, and risk assessment. Studies on various criminological theories are offered, including research on the possible neurobiological factors that may be at the basis of criminal behavior. There is an emphasis on the treatment of the offender--both as it relates to theory and for clinical practice.

Mark T. Palermo, M.D., M.Sc.Crim. The Law, Art and Behavior Foundation, Italy
Associate and Section Editors
Lorana Bartels, PhD - Indigenous Studies, Crimes Against Humanity and Gender Criminology The Australian National University, Australia
Moshe Bensimon, PhD- Music, Music Therapy, Sound, Noise and Deviance - Department of Criminology Bar-Illan University - Israel
Erika Brooke, PhD - Military Criminology Gainesville FL, USA
Julien Chopin, PhD - Sexual Offenders Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
Julien Chopin, PhD - Terrorism Studies Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
Eric Connolly, PhD - Biosocial Criminology Huntsville, TX, USA
Ioan Durnescu, PhD - Qualitative and Ethnographic Social Science University of Bucharest, Romania
Hedwig Eisenbarth, PhD - Forensic Neuroscience Wellington, New Zealand
James Gacek, PhD - Green Criminology University of Regina, Canada
Carlo Garofalo, PhD - Forensic Psychopathology University of Perugia, Italy
Julia Ioane, PhD - Cross-cultural Criminology of Youth and Deviance Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Anja Emilie Kruse, PhD- Narrative Criminology - Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law University of Oslo, Norway
Ryan Labrecque, PhD - Correctional Program Implementation and Policy Evaluation RTI International, USA
Jonathan Lee, PhD - Rational Choice, Deterrence & Labeling Theory Harrisburg, PA, USA
Lorenzo Natali, PhD - Critical Criminology University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy
Chad Posick, PhD - Victimology Statesboro, GA, USA
James Ray, PhD- Juvenile Deviance- Department of Criminal Justice University of Central Florida, USA
Yasser Rezapour-Mirsaleh, PhD - Religion and Offending Ardakan University, Iran
Michael Rocque, PhD - Life Course & Developmental Criminology Lewiston, ME, USA
Ariel Roddy, PhD - Feminist Criminology University of Utah, USA
Natti Ronel, PhD- Spiritual Criminology - Department of Criminology Bar-Illan University - Israel
Matthew Shane, PhD - Substance Abuse and Antisociality Ontario Tech University, Canada
Oludayo Tade, PhD - African Criminology University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Matt Tidmarsh, PhD - Probation and Non-Custodial Measures University of Leeds, UK 
Matthew Tonkin, PhD - Ethics and Criminology Leiscester, UK
Marije Keulen-de Vos, PhD – Developmental Disabilities and Offending De Rooyse Wissel & Maastricht University, Venray, Netherlands
Managing Editor
Simona Sapienza, JD, PhD CDP - Rome, Italy
Associate Editors
Sarah Ben-David, PhD Ramat-Gan, Israel
Ros Burnett, D.Phil. Oxford, UK
Liquan Cao, PhD Oshawa, Canada
Heng Choon (Oliver) Chan, PhD The University of Birmingham, UK
Xiaoming Chen, PhD Xiamen, China
Leam Craig, PhD Birmingham, UK
Willie J. Edwards, PhD Commerce, TX, USA
Mary Ann Farkas, PhD Milwaukee, WI, USA
Jorge Folino, MD La Plata, Argentina
Theresa A. Gannon, PhD University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
Tammy L. Hughes, PhD Pittsburgh, USA
Toshinori Kitamura, MD Tokyo, Japan
Richard Kocsis, PhD Sydney, Australia
Ron Langevin, PhD Toronto, Canada
Jianhong Liu, PhD Taipa, Macau, China
Arthur J. Lurigio, PhD Loyola University of Chicago, USA
Byongook Moon, PhD San Antonio, TX, USA
Xin Ren, PhD Sacramento, CA, USA
Lee E. Ross, PhD Orlando, FL, USA
C. Gabrielle Salfati, PhD John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, USA
Louis B. Schlesinger, PhD New York, New York, USA
Marina Tolou-Shams, PhD San Francisco, CA, USA
Avelardo Valdez, PhD Los Angeles, CA, USA
Glenn D. Walters, PhD Kutztown, PA, USA
Tony Ward, PhD Wellington, New Zealand
Hongwei Zhang, PhD Jinan University at Zhuhai, Zhuhai, Guangdong
Lena Y. Zhong, PhD Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Founding Editor
Former Editor Emeritus
Consulting Editors
Bruce A. Arrigo, PhD University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Stefan Bogaerts, PhD Tilburg, The Netherlands
Terry Carney,PhD Sydney, Australia
Robert Catanesi, MD Bari, Italy
Wing Hong Chui, PhD Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Matt DeLisi, PhD Iowa State University, USA
Reinhard Eher, MD Vienna, Austria
Jérôme Endrass, PhD Zurich, Switzerland
David Gussak, PhD Tallahassee, FL, USA
Kathleen Heide, PhD Tampa, FL, USA
Thomas Noll, MD, JD Fribourg, Switzerland
Alex R. Piquero, PhD University of Miami, USA
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