Faculty Experts - Allison Ann Payne, Ph.D.

Allison Ann Payne, Ph.D.

Allison Ann Payne, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • Crime and Delinquency Prevention
  • School-Based Prevention
  • Criminological Theory
  • Juvenile Delinquency


Preventing school violence has become a top priority for educators in the wake of a rising tide of tragic events in recent years such as the Columbine High School and Virginia Tech shootings. Dr. Payne is the expert to turn to for stories on why juveniles and students lash out violently in school settings and what is being done to stop further trauma and bloodshed. She can also speak to issues related to juvenile delinquency.


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • M.A., University of Maryland
  • B.A., University of Maryland

Selected Publications

  • Payne, Allison Ann, School Community and Disorder, LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC, 2004.
  • Payne, Allison Ann, "Do Predictors of the Implementation Quality of School-Based Prevention Programs Differ by Program Type?" Prevention Science, 10, 2, 2009.
  • Payne, Allison Ann, "A Multilevel Model of the Relationships Among Communal School Disorder, Student Bonding, and Delinquency," Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 45, 4, 429-455, 2008.
  • Payne, Allison Ann, and Salotti, Steven, "A Test of Social Control versus Social Learning in the Prediction of College Crime," Deviant Behavior, 28, 6.
  • Payne, Allison Ann, Gottfredson, Denise C., and Gottfredson, Gary D., "Predictors of the Implementation Quality of School-Based Prevention Programs: Results from a National Study of Delinquency Prevention in Schools," Prevention Science, 7, 2.
  • Payne, Allison Ann, and Ronald Eckert (2009). "The Relative Importance of Provider, Program, School, and Community Predictors of the Implementation Quality of School-Based Prevention Programs." Prevention Science.
  • Payne, Allison Ann (2009). "Girls, Boys, and Schools: Gender Differences in the Relationships between School-Related Factors and Student Deviance." Criminology,47, 4.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, The College of New Jersey
  • Visiting Lecturer, The University of Pennsylvania
  • Consultant, South River High School
  • Project Director, The University of Maryland, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Instructor, The University of Maryland

About Villanova

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