Office:Justice & Security, Mary Lyon Hall Rm 034E, MSC 59, Plymouth, NH 03264
BA, University of Richmond; MA, Ph.D., University of Maryland
Laura Dykstra is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Plymouth State University. She received her BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology at the University of Richmond and her MA and Ph.D. in Criminology/Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her teaching and scholarship draw on her background with interdisciplinary work across the fields of criminology and criminal justice, public health, psychology, and sociology. Her research spans areas of decision making, sex crimes and victimization, drug-related crime, and mental health, especially among young adults. In 2023, Dr. Dykstra was recognized with the Theo Kalikow Award for her outstanding work promoting the advancement of women and girls on campus and in the community.
Fall office hours: Wednesday 8:00am – 11:00am or by appointment
Williams, F. & Dykstra, L.M. (2019). Introduction to Criminal Justice. Cengage Publishing.
Arria, A.M., Garnier-Dykstra, L.M., Cook, E.T., Caldeira, K.M., Vincent, K.B., Baron, R.A. & O’Grady, K.E. (2013). Drug use patterns in young adulthood and post-college employment. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 127, 23-30.
Garnier-Dykstra, L.M., Caldeira, K.M., Vincent, K.B., O’Grady, K.E. & Arria, A.M. (2012). Examining the relationships between nonmedical use of prescription drugs and victimization. Presented at the American Society of Criminology Conference, Chicago, IL.
Arria, A.M., Garnier-Dykstra, L.M., Caldeira, K.M., Vincent, K.B., Winick, E.R. & O’Grady, K.E. (2013). Drug use patterns and continuous enrollment in college: Results from a longitudinal study. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74(1), 71-83.
Garnier L.M., Arria A.M., Caldeira K.M., Vincent K.B., O’Grady K.E. & Wish E.D. (2010). Sharing and selling of prescription medications in a college student sample. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 71(3), 262-269.
Garnier L.M., Arria, A.M., Caldeira K.M., Vincent K.B., O’Grady K.E. & Wish E.D. (2009). Nonmedical prescription analgesic use and concurrent alcohol consumption among college students. American Journal for Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 35(5), 334-338.
CJ 1020 Criminal Justice in Action
CJ 1500 Profiling Criminal Behavior
CJ 3260 Data Analysis for Criminal Justice
CJ 2080 Crime and Criminals
CJ 3270 Explaining Crime
CJ 3515 Women and Crime
CJ 3401 Research Methods for Criminal Justice
CJ 4805 Criminal Justice Seminar