Winston School of Education and Social Policy


Alyssa Yetter

Academic Title

Assistant Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice

Additional Title

Director, Criminology and Criminal Justice Graduate Program

Research Interests

  • Police Training
  • Domestic Violence
  • Victimization
  • Stratification, Mobility, and Crime

Research Summary

My primary area of research examines the diverse consequences of victimization for both victims and their families, particularly through the reinforcement of existing social inequalities. My second line of research explores the roles and impacts of higher education in law enforcement training, with particular focus on evaluating our unique Merrimack College Police Academy. 


  • Ph.D., Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A., Criminology, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A., Sociology and Anthropology, Denison University

Areas of Expertise

  • Police Training
  • Stratification and Mobility
  • Domestic Violence
  • Victimology
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Survey Design

Recent Publications

Yetter, Alyssa M. Forthcoming. “Mothers’ Intimate Partner Violence Victimization and Depression: Associations with Children’s Behavioral Functioning.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Staff, Jeremy, Alyssa M. Yetter, Nayan Ramirez, Kelsey Cundiff, Michael Vuolo, and Jeylan Mortimer. 2020. “Is Teenage Employment Still a Risk Factor for High School Dropout?” Journal of Research on Adolescence 30(2): 406-422.

Yetter, Alyssa M. 2018. “Victimization-Precipitated Residential Mobility Among Women Offenders.” Crime & Delinquency 64(13): 1718-1741.

Graif, Corina, Alina Lungeanu, and Alyssa M. Yetter. 2017. “Neighborhood Isolation in Chicago: Violent Crime Effects on Structural Isolation and Homophily in Inter-Neighborhood Commuting Networks, 2002-2013.” Social Networks 51:40-59. 

Yetter, Alyssa M., Corina Graif, and Sarah V. Fry. 2017. “Public and Subsidized Housing in the United States.” Pp. 616-623 in The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty. Edited by Robert S. Rycroft. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood.