Damon M. Petrich, PhD

Title/s:  Assistant Professor

Office #:  Mundelein Center, Room 807D

Phone: 773.508.8596



2022  PhD., Criminal Justice  University of Cincinnati

2017  M.A., Criminology  Simon Fraser University 

2014  B.A., Criminology  Simon Fraser University  

Research Interests

  • Corrections – sanctions and reentry programs
  • Developmental/life-course criminology
  • Exposure to violence
  • Self-regulation and motivation
  • Causal inference with observational data

Courses Taught

  • Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • Research Methods
  • Corrections
  • Restorative Justice 


2018 – Present   $80,000  Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

2020  $800  Student Research Award, Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice

2016  $7,500  Graduate Fellowship, School of Criminology Simon Fraser University

2014 – 2016  $1,500  Travel and Minor Research Awards, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University

2015  $500  Professional Development Grant, Graduate Students Society, Simon Fraser University

Selected Publications

Petrich, D. M., Pratt, T. C., Jonson, C. L., & Cullen, F. T. (2021). Custodial sanctions and reoffending: A meta-analytic review. Crime and Justice, 50 (Online First). https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/715100

Petrich, D. M. (2020). A self-determination theory perspective on human agency, desistance from crime, and correctional rehabilitation. Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, 6(3), 353-379.

Petrich, D. M., Liu, H., & Nedelec, J. L. (2020). The longitudinal associations between motivation, self-regulatory capacities, and future-oriented cognition and behavior among serious young offenders. Law and Human Behavior, 44(5), 424-436.

Petrich, D. M., & Sullivan, C. J. (2020). Does future orientation moderate the relationship between impulse control and offending? Insights from a sample of serious young offenders. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 18(2), 156-178.

Goodstein, J., & Petrich, D. M. (2019). Hiring and retaining formerly incarcerated persons: An employer-based perspective. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 58(3), 155-177.

Petrich, D. M. (2017). Theorizing desistance-promotion in circle processes: The role of community in identity transformation. Restorative Justice: An International Journal, 4(3), 388-409.