Chad Posick is an assistant professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Georgia Southern University. He teaches in the areas of victimology, statistics, and criminal behavior. His major research interests include the intersection of violent behavior and victimization, the developmental outcomes associated with trauma and abuse, and violence prevention. He is a research associate at the Ochsner Institute for Injury Research and Prevention at Memorial University Medical Center, board member for the local Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) chapter, and research partner on the Bureau of Justice Assistance funded Smart Prosecution project in Savannah, Georgia. In 2015, he won the New Scholar Award given by the victimology section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
Explores the role of theory and research in criminology. Adopts a unique and refreshing approach to criminological theory and focuses on the great debates in criminology from its inception as a field to the present day. Explores the debates that have motivated criminological thought, that have represented turning points in theoretical and empirical trajectories, that have offered mini-paradigm shifts, and that have moved the field forward.
Finds that youths who tended to be personally victimized were also likely to witness violence; conversely, youth who disproportionately witnessed violence were relatively unlikely to experience personal victimization.
Utilizes a university sample to explore who seeks counseling for exposure to threatening intimate partner violence.
Shows that the application of the H.E.A.R.T medical model is the most significant and substantial correlate of perceived fairness of police-community interactions and accounts for agency-level differences in perceived fairness.