Kate Fox

Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Crime victimization
  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples

Key Findings

  • Self-control is a small but consistent predictor of victimization. MORE
  • The effect of self-control was found to be stronger when predicting non-contact victimization (e.g. online victimization). MORE
  • The effect of self-control was found to be reduced in studies that control for risky behaviors specifically. MORE
  • For bullying, the WITS system, an acronym for walk away, ignore it, talk it out, seek help, was supported by multiple evaluations as reducing victimization. MORE
  • No studies designed to reduce victimization of intimate partner violence or general victimization were shown to be effective. MORE
  • Many programs effectively increased awareness of victimization by using creative components like videos, puppet shows, role-playing and more. MORE


Kathleen (Kate) A. Fox, Ph.D. is a Professor at Arizona State University in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.  She is also the Founder and Director of the Research on Violent Victimization Lab.  She earned her Ph.D. in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of Florida.  Her research centers on violent victimization among underserved populations with a focus on Indigenous peoples.  Fox conducts community-based research in partnership with Indigenous community members, legislators, and students to address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples (MMIP).