Ryan Meldrum


Areas of Expertise

Criminological Theory | Developmental Correlates of Delinquency |  Self Control | Sleep & Behavior | Digital Self-Harm | Punishment of Juveniles


Ph.D., Florida State University, Criminology & Criminal Justice, 2010
M.S., Florida State University, Criminology & Criminal Justice, 2006
B.S., Oregon State University, Sociology, 2004


Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, PCA-364B
Phone: 305.348.5849
Email: rmeldrum@fiu.edu
Website: www.criminologydoctor.com
Twitter: @DrMeldrum
CV: Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Meldrum’s areas of expertise include the causes and consequences of low self-control, the link between poor sleep quantity/quality and adolescent antisocial behavior, and the role of peer associations in the etiology of delinquency and substance use. His research has appeared in such journals as Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency,Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Experimental Criminology, Developmental Psychology, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Journal of Criminal Justice, Crime & Delinquency, Sleep Health, Intelligence, and Journal of Youth and Adolescence, among others. He is the winner of the 2016 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences New Scholar Award, was named a 2016 FIU Top Scholar for Research, and was named a 2019 FIU Top Scholar for Student Mentorship.

Dr. Meldrum's teaching interests focus primarily on Research Methods and Criminological Theory. In addition, he developed the course Biosocial Criminology, which teaches students about cutting edge cross-disciplinary theory and research on the neural, genetic, and biological underpinnings of antisocial behavior and how these factors intersect with social factors emphasized by mainstream criminological theories.

Dr. Meldrum serves as an editorial board member for Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Adolescent Research Review, and Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. He also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several journals, including Criminology, Justice Quarterly, American Journal of Criminal Justice, and Youth and Society.

Featured Publications

Meldrum, Ryan C., Mindthoff, Amelia, Evans, Jacqueline R., and Alex R. Piquero. (2023, in Press). Experimental evidence that alcohol intoxication diminishes the inhibatory effect of self-control on reactive aggression. Journal of Experimental Criminology.

Lehmann, P., & Meldrum, R. C. (2023). Racial and ethnic identity, gender, and school suspension: Heterogeneous effects across Hispanic and Caribbean subgroups. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 60, 167-212.

Meldrum, Ryan C., Stults, Brian J., Hay, Carter, Kernsmith, Poco D., and Joanne P. Smith-Darden. (2022). Adverse childhood experiences, developmental differences in impulse control and sensation seeking, and delinquency: A prospective multi-cohort study. Journal of Criminal Justice, 82, 101993.