research areas of interest

 

Global & сomparative сriminology

 

Health & justice

 

Trauma & mental health

 

Criminological theory

 

Decision-making

 

Violent conflicts

 

research focus

 

My research has a global focus and lies at the intersection of criminology, medical sociology and social psychology. It addresses the following questions:

  • Why do people engage in crime and violence?
  • What shapes victimization and trauma of vulnerable populations?
  • What is the relationship between stress/mental health, crime, and criminal justice/police contact experiences?

To answer these questions, my team collects data across different countries and uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

My most recent projects focus on two themes: 

  • How global disasters such as wars, violent conflicts, and public health crises shape important life outcomes of individuals including trauma, mental health, victimization, and violence.
  • How social environment influences violence and crime among vulnerable populations, especially youth, the nuances of criminal decision-making, and how these factors are linked to police contact and perceptions.

 

peer-reviewed publications


* denotes student co-author; † denotes equal authorship

 

Botchkovar E., Kafafian M., Timmer A., Antonaccio, O., Hughes L., & Johnson R. (2024). When the World Falls Apart: How People Make Decisions in the Times of War. Accepted for Publication at Crime and Delinquency

 

Jawaid, A., Mihaila, A.*, & Timmer A. (2024). Gaza and the Vicious Cycle of Generational Trauma. Mental Health and Prevention, 33, 200325. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mhp.2024.200325

 

Iesue, L., Timmer A., Lozovska O.*, González, J., & Jawaid, A. (2024). Intimate Partner Violence During a Public Health Crisis: Variations in Conflict and Post Conflict Contexts. Crime and Delinquency. https://doi.org/10.1177/00111287241248111

 

Timmer, A., Antonaccio O., Botchkovar E., & Hughes L. (2024). Deciding to Commit Crime in Adolescence: Do Moral Beliefs Matter? Journal of Crime and Justice, 47(2), 155-70. https://doi.org/10.1080/0735648X.2023.2241442

 

Timmer, A., Antonaccio, O., French M., & Botchkovar, E. (2024). Youth Decision-Making and Crime: The Influences of Stressful Conditions, Adverse Mental and Physical States, and Conventional Activities. Crime and Delinquency, 70(1), 87-125. https://doi.org/10.1177/00111287221102057

 

Timmer, A., Antonaccio, O., Botchkovar, E., Johnson, R., & Hughes, L. (2023). Violent Conflict in Contemporary Europe: Specifying the Relationship Between War Exposure and Interpersonal Violence in a War-Weary Country. The British Journal of Criminology, 63(1), 18-39. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azac002

 

Timmer, A., & Jacobsen C.* (2023). Untangling the ‘Health Paradox’ among Adolescent Girls: The Role of Immigration Status, Depression and Decision-Making. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 18(4), 632–46. https://doi.org/10.1080/17450128.2023.2182931

 

Timmer, A., Johnson R., Antonaccio O., Botchkovar E., & Hughes L. (2023). Forced to Flee Out and Down: Depression Following the Russian Invasion and Displacement of the Ukrainian People. Peace and Conflict, 29(3), 266–75. https://doi.org/10.1037/pac0000689

 

Timmer, A. & Iesue L. (2023). The Impact of Trauma on Mental Health and Violence in Ukraine. Ukrainian Society, 3(86), 55–65. https://doi.org/10.15407/socium2023.03.055

 

Jawaid, A., Gomolka M.*, & Timmer A. (2022). Neuroscience of Trauma and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine. Nature Human Behaviour. 6, 748-49. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-022-01344-4

 

Timmer, A., Johnson O., & Nowotny K.M. (2022). Multiple Disadvantage and Social Networks: Toward an Integrated Theory of Health Care Use During Reentry from Criminal Justice Settings. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Advance Online Publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X221132989

 

Iesue, L., Lozovska O.*, Timmer A., & Jawaid, A. (2022). Who is Suffering Gender-Based Violence in Ukraine? A Snapshot of Domestic Violence During War and a Global Pandemic. Ukrainian Society, 3(82): 52–63. https://doi.org/10.15407/socium2022.03.052

 

Timmer, A., Johnson, R., Antonaccio, O., & Botchkovar, E. (2022). Stress and Depression as Pathways between Violent Conflict Exposure and Moral Beliefs: Why People Sometimes Condone ‘Bad’ Things. Peace and Conflict, 28(2), 184–200. https://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1037/pac0000603

 

Regalado J.*, Timmer A., & Jawaid, A. (2022) Crime and Deviance during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Sociology Compass. 16(4), e12974. https://doi.org/10.1111/soc4.12974

 

Hughes L., Botchkovar E., Antonaccio, O., & Timmer A. (2022). Schools, Subcultural Values, and Youth Violence: Assessing the Code of the Street among Students in Three U.S. Cities. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 51, 244–60. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-021-01521-0

 

Timmer A. (2021). ‘Health Paradox’ and Former Soviet Union Immigrants: Towards an Integrated Theoretical Framework. Ukrainian Society, 3(78): 9–20. https://doi.org/10.15407/socium2021.03.009

 

Timmer, A., & Nowotny, K. M. (2021). Mental Illness and Mental Health Care Treatment among Persons with Criminal Justice Involvement in the United States. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 32(1), 397–422. https://doi.org/10.1353/hpu.2021.0031

 

Timmer A., Antonaccio, O., & French, M. (2021). Hot or Cool Processing? Adolescent Decision-Making and Delinquency. Justice Quarterly, 38(6), 961–94. https://doi.org/10.1080/07418825.2020.1730424

 

Cancio, R.†, Kuptsevych-Timmer, A.†, & Omori, M. (2020). Perpetual War with the Brother Nation: An Analysis of Ukrainian Veterans, Cultural Identity and Historical Trauma. Journal of War and Culture Studies, 13(3), 219–36.

 

Kuptsevych-Timmer, A., Antonaccio, O., Botchkovar, E. V., & Smith, W. R. (2019). Scared or Attached? Unraveling Important Links in Strain-Crime Relationships Among School Students. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology63(8), 1175–201.

 

Nowotny, K. M., Kuptsevych-Timmer, A., & Oser, C. (2019). Criminal Justice Contact and Health Service Utilization among Women across Health Care Settings: Analyzing the Role of Arrest. Women’s Health Issues29(2), 125–34.

 

Nowotny, K. M., & KuptsevychTimmer, A. (2018). Health and Justice: Framing Incarceration as a Social Determinant of Health for Black Men in the United States. Sociology Compass12(3), 1–15.