ICHP Affiliate Ranked Among Top 10 Most Productive Criminologists

Chris Gibson, Ph.D., professor of criminology and ICHP affiliate, was listed among the top 10 most productive criminologists due to the number of publications he placed in his field’s journals from 2010 to 2011. The rankings, which were published in an article in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, constitute the largest study of publications ever conducted on criminology and criminal justice journals.

“It is certainly an honor to be named among those who have made important contributions to criminological research, and my ranking would not have been possible without amazing collaborators, hard-working students, and, to be honest, some luck,” Gibson said. “I hope that my ranking in this study will continue to draw local and national attention to the Institute for Child Health Policy and the department of sociology and criminology & law as units at the University of Florida that are doing important, impactful research.”

Gibson’s recent work focuses on the many contexts in which children and adolescents experience adversity and how such adversities are linked to their involvement in violence and substance use, as well as their mental and physical health.  The productive scholar continues to push forward in his work, embarking on a new interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty from ICHP and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Florida.

“I work hard at publishing research because reducing violence and improving the health of children, adolescents, and adults is worth working hard for,” Gibson said. “Publishing is without doubt a frustrating process. Our manuscripts get rejected more than they are accepted. My diligence through the publication processes is in part driven by hope that our research will be useful to those who make policy and who distribute resources that can improve the conditions children encounter as they grow up.”