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Kristen Benedini

Kristen Benedini
  • Assistant Professor
  • Criminal Justice Program
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Kristen Benedini joined the faculty at UW-Eau Claire in 2018 after receiving her Ph.D. degree in criminology that year from the University of Florida. Her research focuses on how the family context affects youth development, especially the ways in which parenting practices, child maltreatment, and sibling relationships can influence adolescent delinquency.  Dr. Benedini first became interested in these topics when working as the program coordinator for a Bureau of Justice Assistance-funded reentry program that served jail inmates in Alachua County, Florida.  Her publications have appeared in numerous well-respected journals, including Child Abuse & Neglect, Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, Qualitative Sociology, and Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review.  She has also presented several papers at professional meetings such as the American Society of Criminology (ASC) annual conference and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) conference. ​

Teaching Interests

Juvenile Delinquency/Juvenile Justice
Gender and Crime



Research and Creative Activities

Family Influences on Offending
Gender Differences in Offending/Victimization
Violent Victimization
Program Evaluation


B.A., University of Florida
M.Ed./Ed.S., University of Florida
Ph.D., University of Florida