Meagan Docherty

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
B.A., The College of New Jersey
M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University-Newark

Phone: (419) 372-4939
Office: Room 259, Psychology Building
Lab Page: N/A

Taking Graduate Students? Yes
Sponsoring Undergraduate Research? Yes

Research Interests:

My research examines the development of aggressive and delinquent attitudes and behavior from childhood through young adulthood. Specifically, my recent studies have distinguished predictors of gun carrying in adolescence and young adulthood at both the between-individual and within-individual levels using longitudinal data. Some of my other recent studies have examined the developmental trajectories of callousness in childhood and adolescence. This work has identified childhood predictors of an elevated callousness trajectory, including aspects of the caregiving environment, and outcomes of callousness trajectories in adolescence and young adulthood, including psychopathic features, offending, and aggression.

Selected Publications:

Docherty, M., Sweeten, G., Craig, T., Yang, V. J. H., Decrop, R., Beardslee, J., ... Pardini, D. (2020). Prevalence and risk factors associated with carrying a gun to school during adolescence: A statewide study of middle and high school students. Journal of School Violence, 19(1), 35-47.

Docherty, M., Mulvey, E., Beardslee, J., Sweeten, G., & Pardini, D. (2019). Drug dealing and gun carrying go hand in hand: Examining how juvenile offenders’ gun carrying changes before and after drug dealing spells across 84 months. Journal of Quantitative Criminology. Advance online publication.

Docherty, M., Beardslee, J., Byrd, A. L., Yang, V. J. H., & Pardini, D. (2019). Developmental trajectories of interpersonal callousness from childhood to adolescence as predictors of antisocial behavior and psychopathic features in young adulthood. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 128(7), 700-709.

Docherty, M., Beardslee, J., Grimm, K. J., & Pardini, D. (2019). Distinguishing between-individual from within-individual predictors of gun carrying among Black and White males across adolescence. Law and Human Behavior, 43(2), 144-155.

Docherty, M., Kubik, J., Herrera, C. M., & Boxer, P. (2018). Early maltreatment is associated with greater risk of conduct problems and lack of guilt in adolescence. Child Abuse & Neglect, 79, 173-182.

Docherty, M., Boxer, P., Huesmann, L. R., O’Brien, M., & Bushman, B. (2017). Assessing callous-unemotional traits in adolescents: Determining cutoff scores for the Inventory of Callous and Unemotional Traits. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73(3), 257-278.

Docherty, M., Boxer, P., Huesmann, L. R., O’Brien, M., & Bushman, B. (2016). Exploring primary and secondary variants of psychopathy in adolescents in detention and in the community. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 45(5), 564-578.

Courses Taught:

  • PSYC 3040 Psychology of Adolescent Development (undergraduate)
  • PSYC 3100 Lifespan Developmental Psychology (undergraduate)
  • PSYC 7370 Lifespan Development (graduate)
  • PSYC 7800 Longitudinal Modeling (graduate)

Updated: 08/09/2021 11:48AM