Cynthia Calkins
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2003 PhD -  University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Psychology

2002 MLS -  University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Law College

1997 MA   -  University of Nevada, Las Vegas

1995 - B.A. - State University of New York at Buffalo


Dr. Cynthia Calkins is a licensed clinical forensic psychologist and an Associate Professor of Psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, NY. She received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Masters of Legal Studies (MLS) from the University of Nebraska's Law-Psychology program. She completed an APA accredited predoctoral internship at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute in Tampa, FL and did postdoctoral work at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Her work focuses broadly on establishing empirical evidence for use in sex offender policy and sexual violence prevention. She has served as a PI on two major federal grants from the U.S. National Institute of Justice.  The most recent of these was primary prevention oriented and helped to identify risk markers for sexual violence perpetration among a sample of clergy sex offenders.  Current projects include a longitudinal study that examines factors promoting desistance from sexual offending and the examination and prevention of sexual violence in latino cultures. 

Scholarly Work


*Clark, S., Jeglic, E.L., & Calkins, C., & Tatar, J. (2014, Epub ahead of print).  More than a nuisance: The prevalence and consequences of frotteurism and exhibitionism. Sexual Abuse:  A Journal of Research and Treatment.

Calkins, C., *Colombino, N., *Matsuura, T., & Jeglic, E.  (2015). Where do sex crimes occur? How an examination of sex crime location can inform policy and prevention.  International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice.

Calkins, C., Jeglic, E., *Beattey, R.A., Zeidman, S., & *Perillo, A.D.  (2014).  Sexual violence legislation:  A review of caselaw and empirical research.  Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. 

*Perillo, A.D., *Spada, A.H., Calkins, C., & Jeglic, E.  (2013).  Examining the scope of questionable diagnostic reliability in Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) evaluations.  International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 2, 190-197. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2013.11.005

*Quesada, S., Calkins, C. & Jeglic, E.L. (2013). An examination of the inter-rater reliability between practitioners and researchers on the Static-99.  International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, doi: 10.1177/0306624X13495504

*Kleban, H.,* Chesin Schaffer, M.,* Jeglic, E.L., & Mercado, C.C. (2013).  An exploration of crossover sexual offending.  Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 25, 427-443. doi: 10.1177/1079063212464397

Jeglic, E.L., *Spada, A., & Mercado, C.C. (2012).  An examination of suicide attempts among incarcerated sex offenders.  Sexual Abuse:  A Journal of Research and Treatment, 24, 611-630.

Boccaccini, M.T., Murrie, D.C., Mercado, C.C., *Quesada, S., *Hawes, S., *Rice, A., & Jeglic, E.  (2012).  Implications of Static-99 field reliability findings for score use and reporting.  Criminal Justice and Behavior, 39, 42-58. DOI:: 10.1177/0093854811427131

Jeglic, E.L, Mercado, C.C., & Levenson, J.  (2012). The prevalence and correlates of depression and hopelessness among sex offenders subject to community notification and residence restriction legislation.   American Journal of Criminal Justice, 37, 46-59. DOI: 10.1007/s12103-010-9096-9

*Colombino, N., Mercado, C.C., Levenson, J.S., & Jeglic, E. (2011). Preventing sexual violence: Can examination of offense location inform sex crime policy? International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 34, 160-167.  doi:10.1016/j.ijlp.2011.04.002

Research Summary


2013 CUNY Collaborative Incentive Research Grant Program, $29,479
Title: The economics of sex crime policy and the reduction of sexual recidivism PIs: Elizabeth Jeglic, Cynthia Calkins, & Partha Deb

2013 PSC-CUNY Award Program, $6000
Title: What works to keep communities safe? Guiding sex crime policy through an examination of the desistance process
PI: Cynthia Calkins

2011 John Jay College Collaborative Research Award, $8000 Title: An Examination of the Criminal Careers of Sex Offenders PIs: Cynthia Calkins Mercado, Elizabeth Jeglic, & Lila Kazemian

2009- National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 2009-IJ-CX-0036, $283,651
2013 Title: Identifying Situational and Individual Risk Factors for Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings: Implications for Public Safety and Primary Prevention PI: Cynthia Calkins Mercado

2008 CUNY Collaborative Incentive Research Grant Program, $39,963
Title: Sex Offender Management, Treatment, and Civil Commitment: An Empirical Analysis of Four Sex Offender Populations 2
PIs: Cynthia Calkins Mercado, Elizabeth Jeglic, & Steve Zeidman

2007- National Institute of Justice (NIJ) GMS 2007-IJ-CX-0037, $296,656
2010 Title: Sex Offender Management, Treatment, and Civil Commitment: An Evidence Based Analysis Aimed at Reducing Sexual Violence PIs: Cynthia Calkins Mercado & Elizabeth Jeglic