Faculty Profile for Dr. Sean Patrick Roche

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Dr. Sean Patrick Roche
Associate Professor — School of Criminal Justice & Criminology
HINE 108
phone: (512) 245-2174

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Sean Patrick Roche, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Texas State University. His research interests include public opinion on crime and criminal justice issues, policing, and offender decision-making. He also specializes in survey design and implementation, particularly in online contexts.

Dr. Roche received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany, SUNY in 2017. In that same year, he joined the faculty at Texas State as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Roche and was tenured and promoted in 2023. He also currently serves as the Master's Program Coordinator.

Teaching Interests

Statistics; history and philosophy of criminal justice; survey design and implementation

Research Interests

Offender decision-making; policing; the impact of social technologies; criminological and sociological theory; public opinion on crime and criminal justice issues.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Jones, A. M., Vaughan, A. D., Roche, S. P., & Hewitt, A. N. (2022). Policing Persons in Behavioral Crises: An Experimental Test of Bystander Perceptions of Procedural Justice. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 18(3), 581–605. https://doi.org/10.1007%2Fs11292-021-09462-1
  • Bilach, T. J., Roche, S. P., & Wawro, G. J. (2022). The Effects of the Summer All Out Foot Patrol Initiative in New York City: A Difference-in-Differences Approach. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 18(2), 209–244. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11292-020-09445-8
  • Morley, R. H., Bowman, S. W., Fulton, C. L., Roche, S. P., Jantz, P. B., & Trujillo, L. T. (2021). Mindfulness, Self-Control, Implicit Bias, Race, Threat Perception Failure, and the Accidental Use of Deadly Force Against Off-Duty Police Officers. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 1–10.
  • Pickett, J. T., Barnes, J. C., Wilson, T., & Roche, S. P. (2020). Prospect Theory and Criminal Choice: Experiments Testing  Framing, Reference Dependence, and Decision Weights. Justice Quarterly, 37(6), 1140–1168. https://doi.org/10.1080/07418825.2018.1531142
  • Roche, S. P., Wilson, T., & Pickett, J. T. (2020). Perceived Control, Severity, Certainty, and Emotional Fear: Testing an Expanded Model of Deterrence. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 57(4), 493–531. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022427819888249

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2023 College Achievement for Excellence in Teaching, College of Applied Arts, Texas State University. August 18, 2023
  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2019 College Achievement Award for Excellence - Scholarly/Creative Activities, College of Applied Arts, Texas State University. August 20, 2019
  • Award / Honor Nominee: 2021 New Scholar Award, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). December 14, 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Alumni Association Teaching Award of Honor, Texas State University Alumni Association. August 21, 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Den Namesake for Bobcat Preview 2020, Bobcat Preview. July 29, 2020

Selected Grants

  • Jones, Angela Marie, Roche, Sean Patrick. Criminology Replication Grant as part of COS effort in the SCORE program, Center for Open Science, Federal, $9310. (Funded: 2020). Grant.
  • Morley, Richard H (Principal), Smith, Kenneth Scott (Co-Principal), Metsis, Vangelis (Co-Principal), Trujillo, Logan Thomas (Co-Principal), Fulton, Cheryl Lisa (Co-Principal), Jantz, Paul B (Co-Principal), Bowman, Scott W (Co-Principal), Roche, Sean Patrick (Co-Principal). Exploring the intersection of mindfulness, stress, large-scale brain networks, bias, threat perception failure, and the decision to use deadly force using virtual reality, Texas State University, $16000. (Submitted: October 30, 2019, Funded: November 9, 2019 - Present). Grant.
  • Roche, Sean Patrick, Jones, Angela Marie. SurveyCaTS (Survey Consortium at Texas State), Texas State University, $4800. (Funded: August 2019 - June 2020). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Undergraduate Advisor
Alpha Phi Sigma
August 24, 2018-Present
Vice President
ASC Division of Public Opinion & Policy (DPOP)
December 31, 2023-Present
ASC Division of Public Opinion & Policy (DPOP), Awards Committee
December 31, 2023-Present
ASC Division of Public Opinion & Policy (DPOP), Constitution and By-Laws Committee
December 31, 2023-Present
The Graduate Council
September 1, 2023-Present