Bryanna Fox

Associate Professor, University of South Florida

Areas of Expertise

  • Forensic psychology
  • Violent offenders
  • Crime prevention
  • Evidence-based policing

Key Findings

  • There were significant differences between the serious, violent, and chronic (SVC) offender group and the “one and done” (O&D) group. MORE
  • Ninety-one percent of the SVC offender group was male, compared to the 78% of males in the O&D offender group. MORE
  • Individuals in the SVC group were more likely to be minorities than individuals in the O&D group. MORE
  • There were significant differences in PCL based on the homicide offender nationality. MORE
  • The link between psychopathy and homicide increased as the type of homicide became more severe. MORE
  • There was a substantial connection between psychopathy and homicide. MORE
  • There have been improvements to the rigor of research practices in offender profiling (OP) literature. MORE
  • Although there is less research on effectiveness of OP, the literature offers significant findings that range from moderate to strong in accuracy. MORE
  • Half of OP literature was created between 2006 and 2016. MORE
  • Juvenile offenders in the Escalating and High Stable trajectories showed over-representation of Black and Hispanic youth and an under-representation of White youth. MORE
  • Black and Hispanic youth offenders in the Low and De-Escalating trajectories still received more severe sanctions than their White counterparts. MORE


Bryanna Fox, Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of South Florida, is an expert in forensic psychology, violent offenders, crime prevention and evidence-based policing.

Fox serves as a faculty affiliate at the Florida Mental Health Institute. She previously served as an FBI Special Agent, research consultant for the FBI’s Field Investigation Group and research fellow in the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit. Fox has received several honors and awards for her work, including the Early Career Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, the Outstanding Paper Award from the Journal of Criminal Psychology, Outstanding Research Achievement Award and Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award from the University of South Florida and the Nigel Walker Outstanding PhD Award from the University of Cambridge.

She has been published in various journals, including Criminal Justice and Behavior, Psychological Bulletin, Law and Society Review, Social Forces, and Sexual Abuse.

Fox earned her Ph.D. in Psychological Criminology at the University of Cambridge and her B.S. in Crime, Law, & Justice and Psychology at Penn State University.