Aimee Neaverson

Ph.D Student

Research Topic

The topic of Aimee's PhD research project is the examination of protective factors with regards to the development of adolescent aggression. The study will seek to explore the intergenerational transmission of corporal punishment and the main effects of corporal punishment on developing adolescent aggression. Additionally, the study will examine dispositional and environmental protective factors to ascertain whether they protect a young person from developing aggression after experiencing corporal punishment. Aimee's PhD is being supervised by Professor Manuel Eisner.

Previous Experience

In addition to being a part-time PhD student, Aimee is also a Criminology Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, in Cambridge. Prior to this post, Aimee was the course leader for the B.A. (Hons) Criminology degree at University Centre Peterborough. Aimee completed her Masters degree in Criminology at Simon Fraser University in 2010 with a focus on young offenders, child abuse, child safeguarding, and youth deviance. Specifically, her focus was a quantitative examination of the effects of early childhood maltreatment on later adolescent years with regards to increased levels of aggression and vulnerability to victimization.


  • PhD Candidate, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge (2013 - Present)
    Thesis: The Examination of Protective Factors between Corporal Punishment and Adolescent Aggression.
    Supervisor: Professor Manuel Eisner.

  • M.A. Criminology, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada (2008-2010)
    Dissertation: Youth Violence and Victimization: Exploring the Cycle of Violence.
    Supervisor: Professor Raymond Corrado

  • B.A. (Hons) Criminology, Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia, Canada. (2003-2008)
    Dissertation: Institutional Youth Victimisation: A Critical Approach to Custodial Institutions and Child Protection Legislation in Canada.
    Supervisor: Dr. Sandra Bell

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2015 Wakefield Scholar, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge
  • 2014 Wakefield Scholar, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge
  • 2013 Wakefield Scholar, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

Conference Presentations

  • Neaverson, Aimee E. (2009) Institutional Youth Victimization: A Critical Approach to Government Commissioned Inquiries to Victimization in Youth Detention Facilities. Presented at the Western Society of Criminology Annual Conference, San Diego, February 2009.

Research Interests

  • Protective Factors
  • Adolesecnt Aggression
  • Family Violence
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Crime Prevention
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Youth Deviance
  • Cycle of Violence
  • Protection and Safeguarding
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Developmental Criminology
  • Resiliency