Barbara A. Sims, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita of Criminal Justice, School of Public Affairs
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Barbara Sims, Ph.D., is a professor of criminal justice in the Penn State Harrisburg's School of Public Affairs. Dr. Sims received her Ph.D. from Sam Houston State University's College of Criminal Justice in May, 1997. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of criminological theory, juvenile law and justice, research methods, public opinion on crime and justice, domestic violence, institutional and community based corrections, and treating the substance-addicted offender. Dr. Sims has published in such criminal justice journals as Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Crime and Delinquency, Police Quarterly, Corrections Management Quarterly, The Prison Journal, The Justice Professional, Criminal Justice Review, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, and Criminal Justice Policy. She has two edited volumes in print, the first with Haworth Press titled Substance Abuse Treatment with Correctional Clients, and the second, co edited with Dr. Pam Preston, Handbook of Juvenile Justice: Theory and Practice with Taylor and Francis. Dr. Sims has served as principal investigator on several grants through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. In 2006, Dr. Sims was awarded the Penn State Harrisburg's Teaching Award and in 2007 was awarded The Pennsylvania State University's Outreach Award.

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • American Society of Criminology
  • National Collegiate Honors Council
  • Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators


Research Interests
Public Opinion Research on Crime and Justice
Criminal Justice Education
Institutional- and Community-based Corrections
Domestic Violence
Substance Abuse Treatment Programming
Juvenile Justice/Delinquency