Lacey Wallace, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, earned her doctorate at Penn State University. She previously worked with D. Wayne Osgood and the PROSPER Peers Project at Penn State, studying adolescent social networks and their effects on delinquency. Specializing in quantitative methods, families and juvenile delinquency, Lacey’s research involves 1) the influence of siblings and peers on delinquency and substance use through social networks; 2) weapon carrying, gun ownership and gun acquisition behavior; and 3) the effects of intervention and policy on these processes.

Research Interests

Gun carrying and gun ownership; Familial similarity for delinquency and substance use; Public policy impact; Quanitative methods


  • Ph.D., Crime, Law & Justice, Pennsylvania State University, 2014
  • M.S., Mathematics, Virginia Tech, 2009
  • B.A., Mathematics & Sociology, Lynchburg College, 2007