Veronica Herrera, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor
Ph.D., University of Arizona

MacQuarrie Hall 508



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Curriculum Vitae


Veronica M. Herrera received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Arizona in 2001. She completed a two year Post Doctoral Research Fellowship, funded by the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center and the Navy Family Study, at the Wellesley Centers for Women in 2003. Her first academic position was in the Department of Criminal Justice at Indiana University (2003-2010).  She has been teaching in the Justice Studies Department since 2010.

Her research has focused on the long term effects of exposure to family violence on youth risk behavior and development. Her research interests include gender differences in pathways to delinquency, psychopathology stemming from histories of victimization, predictors of dating violence, and the role of partner effects on male and female offending patterns and substance use in young adult relationships. She teaches classes on Race, Gender, Inequality, and the Law; Victimology; Theories of Crime and Delinquency Juvenile Delinquency; Juvenile Justice; Girls, Violence, and Antisocial Behavior; and Family and Community Violence. She is the faculty advisor of the San Jose State Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, The National Criminal Justice Honors Society. She is currently collaborating with the Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force on an evaluation of the Clean Slate Tattoo Removal Program.


Herrera, V.M., Wiersma, J., Cleveland, H.H. (2011) Antisocial behavior and relationships: Influences of romantic partners on continuity of male and female delinquency. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21, 608-618.

Herrera, V.M. & Stuewig, J. (2011) Impact of child maltreatment and domestic violence. In Children Behaving Badly? Exploring Peer Violence Between Children and Young People. Blackwell Publishing.

Wiersma, J., Cleveland, H.H., Herrera, V.M., & Fischer, J.L. (2010) Intimate partner violence in dating, cohabitating, and married drinking partnerships. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 72, 360 – 374.

Herrera, V.M., Wiersma, J.D. & Cleveland, H.H., (2008) The influence of individual and partner characteristics on the perpetration of intimate partner violence in young adult relationships. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 37, 284-296.