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Leslie Gordon Simons

Faculty Profile: Leslie Gordon Simons

Criminology and Criminal Justice


Leslie Gordon Simons Office: UCENT 607
Phone: 602-496-0492

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University of Central Arkansas, B.A
University of Central Arkansas, M.S
Iowa State University, Ph.D

ASU at the Downtown Campus
Criminology and Criminal Justice
411 N. Central Ave. Ste. 600
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Leslie Gordon Simons is a professor at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Iowa State University.  Her research interests focus on the predictors and consequences of various types of parenting behaviors as well as the contextual factors that mediate or moderate the relationship between parenting and outcomes for adolescents and emerging adults. Specifically, Professor Simons is interested in the intergenerational transmission of problem behaviors such as delinquency, intimate partner violence, and risky sex.


Courses taught:

  • CRJ 461 Domestic Violence
  • Graduate Teaching Seminar



Recent Publications:

  •  Simons, L.G. (in press). Parenting adolescents after divorce. In R.E. Emery and J.G. Golson (Eds.).  Cultural Sociology of Divorce. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Simons, R.L., Simons, L.G., Lei, M.K., Beach, S.R.H., Brody, G.H., & Philibert, R. (in press).  Genetic moderation of the impact of parenting on hostility toward romantic partners.  Journal of Marriage and Family.
  • Kogan, S., Simons, L.G., Chen, Y. F. Burwell, S.B., & Brody, G. (in press). Protective parenting, relationship power equity, and condom use among rural African Americans in emerging adulthood. Family Relations.
  • Simons, L.G., Burt, C.H., & Tambling, R. (in press). Identifying mediators for the influence of family factors on risky sexual behavior. Journal of Child and Family Studies.
  • Lee, T.K., Wickrama, K.A.S., and Simons, L.G. (in press). Chronic family economic hardship, family processes and progression of mental and physical health problems in adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
  • Wickrama, K.A.S., Simons, L.G., & Baltimore, D. (in press). The intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic adversity: The moderating role of education. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
  • Simons, L.G., Simons, R.L., Lei, M. K., Fincham, F., & Hancock, D.L. (2012). Parental warmth amplifies the effect of parental hostility on dating violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.13, 2603-2626.



Professional and Academic Affiliations:

  • National Council on Family Relations
  • American Sociological Association
  • American Society of Criminology
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