Faculty & Staff
Roberta Liggett O'Malley, Ph.D.
Dr. Roberta Liggett O’Malley is an Assistant Professor of Criminology at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Eckerd College, her M.A. in Forensic Psychology from New York University, and her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. Prior to receiving her doctorate, Dr. O’Malley worked as a Program Associate for the Citizens Crime Commission of NYC, where she developed and implemented community interventions to combat youth gun violence originating from social media conflicts.
Dr. O’Malley’s research focuses on the overlap between technology, violence, and deviance. Her primary research interests include violent offending, cyber-violence, cybercrime, technology facilitated sexual offending, deviant online communities, and sexual violence. Building from her background in both psychology and criminal justice, Dr. O’Malley takes a multi-disciplinary approach to her violence and cyber-violence research.