Saint Louis University

Noelle E. Fearn, Ph.D.

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Research Interests: Criminal justice decision making; Sentencing and punishment outcomes; Correctional treatment of offenders; Women and the criminal justice system; Juvenile justice processing and outcomes

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Teaching Areas: CCJ Research Methods and Statistics; Corrections and Community Corrections; Criminological Theory; Ethics in Criminal Justice; Criminal Justice Practicum/Internship

Education History: Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri - St. Louis (2003)
MA, Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri - St. Louis (1999)
BA, Criminal Justice, Lindenwood University (1997)
BA, Sociology, Lindenwood University (1997)
AA, Criminal Justice, St. Charles County Community College (1996)

Community and Professional Service: Editorial Board Member, Western Criminology Review
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Biometrics and Biostatistics
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Public Health Frontier
Research Partner/Evaluator, St. Louis County Drug and DWI Courts

Tegeler Hall, 208

(314) 977-2895


Dr. Fearn received her Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri - St. Louis in 2003. She is an associate professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the School of Social Work. She is the Director of Undergraduate Criminology & Criminal Justice Program and the MS Criminology and Professional Practice Program. She teaches research methods and statistics in criminology and criminal justice, corrections-related courses, criminological theory, and ethics in criminal justice.

Her scholarly work has appeared in Justice Quarterly, the Journal of Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law, and Society, the International Journal of Comparative Criminology, the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Social Justice Research, and the Californian Journal of Health Promotion. Her research focuses on the factors that influence criminal justice decision making (particularly sentencing) and evaluations of community and custodial programming for adult and juvenile offenders. She is currently PI on a funded study evaluating the St. Louis County Drug and DWI Courts.