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Eugena M. Givens, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Contact Information

Office Hours


409 Vance Academic Center
Office Phone: (860) 832-3xxx
Email Address:

Tuesday 3:00-5:00pm
Wednesday 2:00-3:00pm
Thursday 3:00-5:00pm



Ph.D., 2013, University of South Florida, Criminology

M.A., 2006, University of Memphis, Criminology and Criminal Justice

B.A., 2004, University of North Carolina at Asheville, Sociology


Research Interests: Media Representation of Crime, Prescription Drug Abuse, Life-Course/Developmental Criminology, Judicial Interventions, Program Evaluation, Domestic/Family Violence

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Criminology
  • Media, Culture & Crime

Selected Publications and Technical Reports

Richards, T.N., Kirkland - Gillespie, L., & Givens, E.M. (In press). Reporting femicide-suicide in the news: The current utilization of suicide reporting guidelines and recommendations for the future. Journal of Family Violence.

Constantine, R.J., Andel, R., Robst, J., & Givens, E.M. (2013). The impact of emotional disturbances on the arrest trajectories of youth as they transition into young adulthood. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42, 1286-1298.

Constantine, R.J., Robst, J., Andel, R., Jones, M.B., McPherson, M. A., & Givens, E.M. (2013). Service and medication use and their effects on arrest rates among children with emotional disturbances before disenrollment from Medicaid. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Kirkland - Gillespie, L., Richards, T.N., Givens, E.M., & Smith, M.D. (2013). Framing intimate partner violence: Why the media’s spin matters in coverage of femicide. Violence Against Women, 19 (2), 222-245.

Moore, K., Young, S. M., Barrett, B., & Givens, E.M. (2012). “Evaluation of the WeCan! Pinellas Drug Court Treatment Program for Female Offenders with Prescription Drug Issues.” Research report submitted to Pinellas County Court Sixth Judicial Circuit Administration.

Constantine, R.J., Petrila, J., Andel, R., Givens, E.M., Becker, M., Robst, J., Van Dorn, R., Boaz, T., Teague, G., Haynes, D., Howe, A. (2010). Arrest trajectories of adults with a serious mental illness. Psychology, Public Policy, & Law, 16 (4), 319-339.

Pitts, W.J., Givens, E.M., & McNeeley, S.M. (2009). The need for a holistic approach to specialized domestic violence court programming: Evaluating offender rehabilitation needs and recidivism. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 60 (3), 1-21.

Pitts, W.J., & Givens, E.M., (2007). “Outcome Evaluation of the Domestic Violence Repeat Offender Program in Bernalillo County.”  Research report submitted to the Bernalillo County Domestic Violence Repeat Offender Program Metro Court.

Selected Academic Paper Presentations

Mitchell, J.N. & Givens, E.M. (2014, February). Attitudes of sexual violence as represented in social media. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Philadelphia, PA.

Kirkland-Gillespie, L., Givens, E.M., & Richards, T.N. (2013, November). Exploring news coverage of femicide across the rural-urban divide. American Society of Criminology, Atlanta GA.

Givens, E. M., Kirkland-Gillespie, L., & Richards, T.N. (2012, November). News Coverage of Femicide Victims and Offenders in African American Communities. American Society of Criminology,  Chicago, IL.

Kirkland-Gillespie, L., Givens, E. M., & Richards, T.N. (2012, November). Reporting Femicide-Suicide in the News: The Current Utilization of Suicide Reporting Guidelines and Recommendations for the Future. American Society of Criminology, Chicago, IL.

Moore, K. A., Barrett, B., Givens, E. M., & Young, M. S. (2012, August). An Evaluation of Preliminary Treatment Progress of Female Offenders Participating in Drug Court. American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

Givens, E. M., Kirkland-Gillespie, L., & Richards, T.N. (2011, November). News Coverage of Femicide in African American Communities. American Society of Criminology, Washington, D.C.

Givens, E. M., Gillespie, L.K., Richards, T.N., & Smith, D.M. (2010, November). A Comparative Frame Analysis of Femicide News Coverage. American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA.

Givens, E. M. (2009, November). Understanding Sibling Violence: An Examination of Current Theoretical Explanations. American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, PA.

Givens, E. M. & Frei, A. (2009, March). Intrafamilial Conflict – Violence and Abuse Among Siblings: A Critique of the Empirical Literature. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Boston, MA.

Givens, E. M. & Blasdell, R. (2008, November). John’s Misogynistic Attitudes and Attraction to Violent Sexuality. American Society of Criminology,  St. Louis, MI.

Givens, E. M. (2008, March). Judicial Interventions for Domestic Violence and the Impact of Victim Participation. American Society of Victimology, Fresno, CA.

Givens, E. M. & Pitts, W.J. (2007, November). Outcome Evaluation of the Albuquerque Domestic Violence Repeat Offender Program: Court Innovations to Address Domestic Violence. American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA.

Givens, E. M. (2007, March). Judicial Interventions for Domestic Violence and the Impact of External Supports. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Seattle, WA.

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