Eastern Michigan University
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Brian G. Sellers, PhD, University of South Florida, 2013

Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice


Areas of Expertise

Juvenile Justice & Policy, Juvenile Homicide Offenders, Juvenile Risk Assessment, School Violence, Restorative Justice, Psychology & Law, and Ethical Dilemmas in the Criminal Justice System


Professor Sellers is both a qualitative and quantitative researcher whose work is informed by critical social theory and it is advanced through an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates insights form sociology/criminology, philosophy/ethical inquiry, psychiatry/psychology, and law/legal studies. His work as recently appeared in the Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Youth Violence & Juvenile Justice, Feminist Criminology, International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, Partner Abuse, and Children & Youth Services Review. In his recent co-authored book, entitled The Ethics of Total Confinement: A Critique of Madness, Citizenship, and Social Justice, he examined issues related to how judicial decision-making can lead to significant processing, treatment, and recidivism problems for seriously violent juveniles offenders, mentally disordered offenders, and sexually violent predators. Dr. Sellers is also a member of a larger research team piloting the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability-Adolescent Version (START-AV), which is a new structured professional judgment risk assessment instrument intended to examine both strengths and vulnerabilities of justice-involved youth so appropriate interventions can be tailored to their needs and reduce the likelihood of future adverse outcomes. He is also currently a member of the steering committee in Washtenaw County working to develop a Victim-Offender Conferencing Program, which will provide restorative justice services for youthful offenders in the local community. Dr. Sellers enjoys traveling, fine cuisine, college football & basketball, and spending time with his partner, Kim, and dog, Rudy.