Wayne Osgood

Wayne Osgood

Professor of Criminology and Sociology

1002 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802

Biography:

Wayne Osgood’s research concerns crime and deviance over the life course, especially during the period of dramatic change from early adolescence through the first decade of adulthood. He is especially interested in the role of peer relations and time use in the growth and decline of delinquency and substance use over this span. Evaluating the effectiveness of programs addressing these behaviors is also an important aspect of his work. Currently, his principal research project is the PROSPER Peers study, which investigates evolving friendship networks across the full span of adolescence. It is the largest long-term study of adolescent social networks. Funded by National Institute of Drug Abuse through 2018, the PROSPER Peers study follows the friendship networks and problem behavior of two grade cohorts of adolescents in 27 small communities of Iowa and Pennsylvania (over 10,000 youth) on eight occasions from 6th through 12th grade