Rebecca Bosetti

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Expertise: Juvenile justice, Childhood maltreatment, Sexual violence, Child and adolescent development, Juvenile delinquency, Social policy


Rebecca Bosetti is an assistant professor of social work in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. Bosetti's research explores childhood maltreatment, traumatic experiences, and other developmental antecedents to teen criminal behaviors. She has a particular focus on the developmental risk factors that may differentiate between youth engaged in sexual violence versus non-sexual delinquency.

Bosetti uses quantitative and qualitative research practices to examine the safety and victimization experiences of juvenile justice-involved youth, and hopes to help shape policy to inform the implementation of developmentally responsive juvenile justice practices.

She has served as a peer reviewer for many journals like the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Journal of Sexual Aggression, and Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. Bosetti's research itself has been featured in multiple high-impact academic journals in her field, including Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse & Neglect, Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, and Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. Bosetti also has a forthcoming book chapter on the unintended consequences of placing children on sex offender registries.


  • Ph.D., Social Work, The Ohio State University
  • MSW, The Ohio State University
  • B.S., Psychology & Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

Rebecca Bosetti In The News

City Cast Las Vegas
Sex is a part of everyday life in Las Vegas. But there’s more to this conversation…and most of us aren’t comfortable talking about it. Host Vogue Robinson talks with Rebecca Bosetti, assistant professor at the UNLV School of Social Work, about her new course, “Sexual Behavior & Society: The Good, the Bad, and the Controversial,” and why Las Vegas needs more sex-positive social workers.

Articles Featuring Rebecca Bosetti

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Campus News | August 3, 2022

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