Thomas Dearden

Thomas Dearden, Assistant Professor

Thomas Dearden
Thomas Dearden, Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology
510 McBryde Hall, 225 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-6074 | tdearden@vt.edu

Dr. Thomas Dearden is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Tech. He graduated with B.A. in psychology from Brigham Young University – Hawaii and an M.A. and Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from Indiana University. Dr. Dearden specializes in research technology and crime and corporate crime. He has conducted research and statistical analysis for organizations across the globe, including the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii, Food for Life Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh, India, and Pay Tel in North Carolina. His research has been published in peer reviewed journals including The Journal of Financial Crimes and The Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling and has been presented at a dozen different conferences.

  • Cybercrime
  • White-collar Crime
  • Technology and Crime
  • Jails and Technology
  • Trust and Crime
  • Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, Indiana University
  • M.A., Criminology and Criminal Justice, Indiana University
  • B.A., Psychology, Brigham Young University – Hawaii

Journal Articles

“How Modern Psychology can Help Us Understand White-Collar Criminals,” Journal of Financial Crime 26, no. 1 (2019): 61-73.

 “The Conjunction Fallacy in Profiles of Victims of Homicides,” Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling 15, no. 2 (2018): 187-199.

 “An Assessment of Adults’ Views on White-Collar Crime,” Journal of Financial Crime 24, no. 2 (2017): 309-321.

“Trust: The Unwritten Cost of White-Collar Crime,” Journal of Financial Crime 23, no. 2 (2016): 87–101.

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