Edelyn  Verona

Edelyn Verona

Edelyn Verona
   Co-Director, Center for Justice Research & Policy


Office: PCD 4126
Phone: 813/974-0392



Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), 2001, Florida State University (FSU)


Our lab covers a lot of ground in the areas of criminal behavior, psychopathy, substance use and violence. Some of our work considers biological (e.g., genes, neurophysiology) and psychosocial factors (e.g., stress, early adversity) involved in the development and maintenance of such problems, including laboratory experimentation with a focus on emotion and cognition. At another level, we have begun to address intervention, prevention, and structural factors in regard to pathways to incarceration and recidivism, as well as intersections between mental health and criminal justice system involvement. In terms of methods, we conduct both experimental and naturalistic (e.g., diagnostic interview and personality self-report) studies with community, clinical or forensic samples; and work closely with criminal justice agencies or community organizations to evaluate or develop evidence-based programming.

Specialty Area


Selected Publications

Mendez, B., Bozzay, M., & Verona, E. (in press). High impact behaviors and dimensions of psychopathology in men and women: Cross-sectional and longitudinal relationships. Aggressive Behavior.

Alia-Klein, N., Gan, G., Gilam, G., Bezek, J., Bruno, A., Denson, T.F., Hendler, T., Lowe, L., Mariotti, V., Muscatello, M.R., Palumbo, S., Pellegrini, S., Pietrini, P., Rizzo, A., Verona, E. (2020). The feeling of anger: from brain networks to linguistic expressions. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 108, 480-497.

Fox, B., Verona, E., & Fournier, L. (2019). Psychological assessment of risk in a county jail: implications for reentry, recidivism and detention practices in the USA. Journal of Criminal Psychology, 9, 173-186.

Hoffmann, A.M., & Verona., E. (2019). Psychopathic Traits, Gender, and Sexual Motivations: Putative Paths to Sexual Coercion. Aggressive Behavior, 45, 527–536.

Verona, E., Murphy, B., & Bresin, K. (2018). Oxytocin-related single nucleotide polymorphisms, family environment, and psychopathic traits. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research & Treatment, 9, 584-589.

Verona, E. & Bozzay, M.L. (2017). Biobehavioral approaches to aggression implicate perceived threat and insufficient sleep: Clinical relevance and policy implications. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 4, 178-185. (Invited Paper)

Edwards, B., & Verona, E. (2016). Gendered contexts: psychopathy and drug use in relation to sex work and exchange. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 125, 514-527.