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Noelle E. Fearn, Ph.D.

Associate Dean and Director
School of Social Work

Criminology and Criminal Justice program

Courses Taught

Applying Criminological Theory; Principles of Statistics and Data Analysis


  • Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2003
  • M.A., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1999
  • B.A., Criminal Justice and Sociology, Lindenwood University, 1997

Research Interests

Correctional treatment of offenders; justice decision making; juvenile justice processing and outcomes; sentencing and punishment outcomes; women and the criminal justice system.

Publications and Media Placements

  1. Franklin, Travis W. and Noelle E. Fearn. (2015). “Sentencing Asian Americans: The Influence of a Prevalent Stereotype.” Crime & Delinquency, 61(1): 96-120.

  2. Pratt, Travis C., Francis T. Cullen, Christine S. Sellers, L. Thomas Winfree, Tamara D. Madensen, Leah E. Daigle, Noelle E. Fearn, and Jacinta M. Gau. (2010). “The Empirical Status of Social Learning Theory: A Meta-Analysis.” Justice Quarterly, 27(6): 765-802.

  3. Fearn, Noelle E. (2005). “A Multilevel Analysis of Community Effects on Criminal Sentencing.” Justice Quarterly, 22(4): 452-487.

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Teaching Awards, M.S. CPP program, Saint Louis University, School of Social Work, 2014 and 2015

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
  • ACJS Publications Committee (2015-2016), member
  • ACJS, Awards Selection Committee (2016-2017), member
  • American Society of Criminology (ASC)

Community Work and Service

Fearn works as research partner and program evaluator for the St. Louis County Drug and DWI Courts exploring the effectiveness of their programs and facilitating access to internship/practicum sites for students.

She also works as research partner and program evaluator for the St. Louis City Circuit Attorney's Office on development, implementation and evaluation of a new gun diversion program. 

In addition, she continues a long-standing partnership with the St. Louis City Family Court, Juvenile Division, examining data and exploring programs.