Welcome to Biopsychosocial (BPS) Criminology, a Division of the American Society of Criminology.

This division aims for a genuine integration of biological, psychological, and social factors in the understanding and treatment of antisocial behavior, including delinquent and criminal behavior.

We welcome any and all individuals who are interested in biopsychosocial criminology, whether you are a novice with no prior knowledge/experience or a seasoned expert in the field. We aim to provide a platform for intellectual discussions and valuable networking opportunities for those interested in furthering their understanding of, and involvement with, biopsychosocial criminology.


Please see the Membership section for instructions on how to join.


Please see the Donations section (under Opportunities) for instructions on how to donate!



We are currently seeking nominations for 3 positions on the Executive Board: One Secretary/Treasurer and two Executive Counsellors. Members of the Executive Committee serve two-year terms and chair the DBC committees.

Nominees must be current members (including student members) in good standing of the DBC. All nominators should include a statement that the nominee is willing to serve if elected. Self-nominations are also welcome. To submit a nomination, please fill out the form at the following link: https://forms.gle/cy6cQ8dRaAZJg4L88 by June 30, 2020.

In order to be eligible for nomination and to vote in the upcoming DBC election, you must be a current DBC member in good standing. To join or renew your membership in the DBC, please follow the steps below:

1) Log in to your ASC account

2) Under the “Forms” section, click the appropriate “Division Add-On” option:

  • For active ASC faculty/staff members: Please select “Division Add-On (Active)” to complete the form online.
  • For active ASC student members: Please select “Division Add-On (Student)” to complete the form online.
  • To mail in the form: Please select “Division Add-On (Printer-friendly)” for a printable form.

3) Follow the prompts to complete the form and submit payment accordingly. 


Nominations for division awards are now being accepted! See below for additional details regarding each of these opportunities. 

Division Award NominationsThe Division of Biopsychosocial Criminology would like to invite nominations for the following awards:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: This award recognizes an individual who has a record of sustained and outstanding contributions to scholarly knowledge on biopsychosocial criminology.
  • Early Career Award: This award recognizes an individual (within 6 years after receiving the Ph.D. degree or similar graduate degree) who has made a significant contribution to scholarly knowledge on biopsychosocial criminology in their early career.
  • Outstanding Contribution Award: This award recognizes an outstanding contribution (journal article or book) in the field of biopsychosocial criminology by a scholar who has completed their Ph.D. The contribution must have a publication date of 2018 or later and should be published or in-press (accepted).
  • Rolf Loeber Student Innovation Award: This award recognizes an exceptional paper by a current graduate student in the field of biopsychosocial criminology. The student must be lead or solo author on the paper, and the paper must be either under review, accepted for publication, or published to be considered. If accepted, the contribution must have a publication date of 2018 or later. The nominee must have graduate student status at the time of nomination. This award comes with a cash prize.

Please send nominations to Dustin Pardini (dustin.pardini@asu.edu). Nominations must be received by June 30, 2020. Please include in your email a) the name, affiliation, and CV of the nominee, b) the name of the award you are nominating the individual for, c) a brief statement supporting the nomination, d) for the Outstanding Contribution Award and Student Innovation Award, please submit a copy of the article or pre-print that is relevant to the award, or the title of the book.