Henriikka Weir is a former police officer and an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Dr. Weir received her B.A. in Psychology (2008), M.S. in Criminology (2009), and Ph.D. in Criminology (2013) from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is passionate about children's rights and substance abuse treatment for offenders. She also enjoys teaching and interaction with students.
Teaching: Dr. Weir regularly teaches the criminological theory course at undergraduate and graduate level. In addition, she frequently teaches courses related to violence, victimization, and childhood maltreatment. Dr. Weir also coordinates all non-law-enforcement criminal justice internships for both, undergraduate and graduate students.
Research: Dr. Weir’s research has been published in Journal of Criminal Justice and Behavior, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, and Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, among others. During her short tenure, she has also obtained internal university-level teaching and research grants, as well as a federal research grant, and been a part of an on-going contract between the UCCS and Colorado Department of Corrections.
Special Enforcement Units in Colorado Springs Police Department - Henriikka Weir
Areas of Interest
- Violence and victimization
- Childhood maltreatment and intimate partner violence
- Biosocial and developmental explanations of crime
- Trajectory modeling (and longitudinal research designs)
Weir, H. and Kaukinen, C. 2015. Delinquent Effects of Childhood Exposure to Violent Victimization: A Latent Longitudinal Class Analysis. Violence and Crime in the Family. In Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, 9.
Weir, H. and Kosloski, A. E. 2015. Melding theoretical perspectives: Gendered approach on low resting heart rate, developmental trajectories, and antisocial behavior. Criminal Justice Studies, 28 (1). DOI: 10.1080/1478601X.2015.1004915
Stewart, D. M., Morris, R. G., and Weir, H. 2013. Youth perceptions of the police: Identifying trajectories. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. DOI: 10.1177/1541204013480369.
Weir, H. and Orrick, E. 2012. The most prolific female scholars in elite criminology and criminal justice journals, 2000-2010. Journal of Criminal Justice Education. DOI: 10.1080/10511253.2012.709258.
Weir, H., Stewart, D.M., and Morris, R.G. 2012. Problematic alcohol consumption by police officers and other protective service employees: A comparative analysis. Journal of Criminal Justice, 40(1), 72-82.
Weir, H., and Barnes, J.C. 2011. Wisconsin risk assessment instrument. In Encyclopedia of Community Corrections, eds. Shannon Barton-Bellessa and Geoffrey J. Golson, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Orrick, E., and Weir, H. 2011. The most prolific sole and lead authors in elite criminology and criminal justice journals, 2000-2009. Journal of Criminal Justice and Education, 22(1), 24-42.
Boots, D. P., Wareham, J., and Weir, H. 2011. Gendered perspectives on depression and antisocial behaviors: An extension of the failure model in adolescent PHDCN girls and boys. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 38(1), 63-84.
Criminal Justice Field Experience
Prior to starting her graduate studies in criminology, Henriikka was employed full-time as a police officer in Bedford, Texas, where she first worked as a patrol officer and then as a narcotics investigator.