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Robert N. Parker, Ph.D.


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ROBERT NASH PARKER, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator, Southern California Academic Center of Excellence on Youth Violence Prevention
Professor of Sociology and Criminology
Director, Robert Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies
University of California, Riverside
Email: robnp@aol.com

Robert Nash Parker is a professor of sociology and Director of the Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies at University of California, Riverside. He is currently a co-PI of the UCR-ACE and was a co-PI of “Health People, Healthy Places”, a SAMHSA funded project to reduce the risk of school violence in the Riverside Unified School District. Prior to his arrival at UC Riverside, Dr. Parker taught in sociology departments at the University of Akron, Rutgers University, and the University of Iowa; held an appointment as an NIAAA Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley; and was a Senior Research Scientist and Study Director at the Prevention Research Center, Berkeley, CA, a non profit National Center funded by NIAAA and devoted to the study and prevention of alcohol related social problems. In addition, he has published widely in sociology and criminology on the causes of violence in general and homicide in particular, including a 1995 book published by State University of New York Press, Alcohol and Homicide: A Deadly Combination of Two American Traditions. Overall, Dr. Parker’s research interests include criminal justice policy analysis and evaluation; the relationship between alcohol and violence, both offending and victimization, the relationship between alcohol policy and crime prevention; and the development and application of geospatial statistical models to the study of violence, alcohol, and other social problems.


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