Rebecca Dillard

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


Rebecca Dillard is an asssistant professor of social work in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. Dillard'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.

Dillard 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. Dillard'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. Dillard 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