David B Wilson

David B Wilson

David B Wilson



Crime prevention and correctional treatment programs, meta-analysis, quantitative research methods

David B. Wilson, PhD, is a Professor and Chair of the Criminology, Law and Society Department at George Mason University. His research interests focus broadly on issues related to changing the criminal behavior of juvenile and adult offenders. More specifically, his research examines the effectiveness of offender rehabilitation and crime prevention efforts. He is also interested in advancing meta-analysis and program evaluation methods. His researched has focused on a range of topics, including the effectiveness of juvenile delinquency interventions, juvenile curfews, school-based prevention programs, correctional boot-camps, court-mandated batterer intervention programs, and drug-courts; the effects of sugar on children's behavior; and the effects of alcohol on violent behavior. He co-authored a book on the methods of meta-analysis with Mark Lipsey that is widely used. He is a co-editor of the Journal of Experimental Criminology, past consulting editor for Psychological Bulletin, and editor of Crime and Justice Group of the Campbell Collaboration. He was awarded the Marcia Guttentag Award for Early Promise as an Evaluator by the American Evaluation Association in 1999 and the Frederick Mosteller Award for Distinctive Contributions to Systematic Reviewing.

Selected Publications

Mitchell, O., Wilson, D.B., Eggers, A., & MacKenzie, D. L. (2012). Assessing the effectiveness of drug courts on recidivism: A meta-analytic review of traditional and non-traditional drug courts. Journal of Criminal Justice, 40(1), 60-71.

Kochel, Tammy, Wilson, David B., & Mastrofski, Stephen. (2011) Effect of Suspect Race on Officers' Arrest Decisions. Criminology, 49(2), 473-512.

Wilson, David B. (2010). Meta-analytic methods for criminology and criminal justice. In A. Piquero & D. Weisburd (eds.), Handbook of Quantitative Criminology (pp. 181-208). New York: Springer.

Kuhns, Joseph B., Wilson, David B., Clodfelter, Tammatha A., Maguire, Edward R., & Ainsworth, Stephanie A. (2011). Alcohol toxicology results among homicide victims: A meta-analysis. Addiction, 106, 62-72.

Wilson, D. B., McClure, D., & Weisburd, D. (2010). Does Forensic DNA Help to Solve Crime? The Benefit of Sophisticated Answers to Naive Questions. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 26(4), 458-469.

Wilson, David B. (2009). Missing a critical piece of the pie: Simple document search strategies inadequate for systematic reviews. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 5(4), 429-440.

Kuhns, J. B., Wilson, D. B., Maguire, E. R., Ainsworth, S. A., & Clodfelter, T. A. (2009). A meta-analysis of marijuana, cocaine and opiate toxicology study findings among homicide victims. Addiction, 104(7), 1122-1131.

Courses Taught

CRIM 780 Research Methods

CRIM 782 Statistics I

CRIM 795 Meta-analysis (special topics course)

Dissertations Supervised

Catherine S. Kimbrell, The Impact of Poverty on the Pretrial Process (2019)

David McClure, Understanding Public Tolerance for Justice System Error (2015)

Kirsten Hutzell, The Impact of Interpersonal Bullying and Cyberbullying on School Avoidance (2014)

Anne S. Douds, An Experimental Design Study of Judicial Decision-Making Regarding Compulsory Vaccination Policies in Juvenile Detention Facilities (2012)