Sydney (Boone) Fay

Sydney (Boone) Fay

Sydney (Boone) Fay

Evidence-based crime policy, forensic and legal psychology, situational crime prevention, environmental (place-based) criminology, cyber-assisted crime, technology-facilitated sex offending, and human trafficking

Sydney (Boone) Fay is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society at George Mason University. She received her M.A. in Forensic Psychology from George Washington University in 2015 and her B.S. in Psychology from the Honors College at Towson University in 2013. She currently works full-time in an intelligence director role for a non-profit organization that combats human trafficking and as an ad hoc research assistant at the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) for Dr. David Weisburd. Her research interests include evidence-based crime policy, forensic and legal psychology, situational crime prevention, environmental (place-based) criminology, cyber-assisted crime, technology-facilitated sex offending, and human trafficking.

Selected Publications

Weisburd, D., Petersen, K., Telep, C. W., & Fay, S. A. (2024). Can increasing preventive patrol  in large geographic areas reduce crime?: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Criminology & Public Policy, 1–23. https://doi.org/10.1111/1745-9133.12665

Weisburd, D., Petersen, K., & Fay, S. A. (2023). It is time for ‘big science’ in SQF research: The questions are important enough and the potential harms of ‘small science’ great enough. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 17, paad006. https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paad006

Weisburd, D., Petersen, K., & Fay, S. (2023). Does scientific evidence support the widespread use of SQFs as a proactive policing strategy? Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, paac098. https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paac098

Petersen, K., Weisburd, D., Fay, S., Eggins, E., & Mazerolle, L. (2023). Police stops to reduce crime: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Campbell Systematic Reviews, 19(1), e1302. https://doi.org/10.1002/cl2.1302