Mark Fondacaro

Mark Fondacaro

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1985 PhD, Clinical Psychology, Indiana University-Bloomington
1991 JD, Columbia University School of Law
1979 BA, Stony Brook University


Before joining the faculty at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as a Professor of Psychology, I was an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida and an Associate Director of the Levin College of Law’s Center on Children and Families. I have a wide range of research interests including procedural and distributive justice, multicultural competence and decision making, ecological jurisprudence, family conflict resolution, and juvenile justice. I have taught courses in abnormal psychology, law and psychology, scientific evidence, children’s law, criminal law, and mental health law. Before joining the University of Florida faculty in 1997, I was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska’s Center on Children, Families and the Law. I received my B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University-Bloomington. I received my post-doctoral training at Stanford University. I am also a graduate of Columbia Law School.



Brank, E., Woolard, J., Brown, V., Fondacaro, M., Luescher, J., Greig, R., & Miller, S. (in press). Will they tell? Weapons reporting by middle school youth. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.

Fondacaro, M.R., Slobogin, C., & Cross, T. (2006). Reconceptualizing due process in juvenile justice: Contributions from law and social science. Hastings Law Journal.

Fondacaro, M., Brank, E., Stuart, J., Villanueva-Abraham, S., Luescher, J., & McNatt, P. (2006). Identity orientation, voice, and judgments of procedural justice during late adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Fondacaro, M., & Fasig, L. (2006). Judging juvenile responsibility: A social ecological Mark R. Fondacaro perspective. In N. Dowd, D. Singer, & R. Wilson (Eds.). Handbook of children, culture, and violence. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Jackson, S.L., & Fondacaro, M.R. (2005). Procedural justice in resolving family conflict: Implications for youth violence prevention. In The International Library of Essays in Law and Society (Volume 1, Tom R. Tyler (Ed.)) (Reprinted from Law & Policy, 21, 101-127).

Fondacaro, M., Frogner, B., & Moos, R. (2005). Justice in health care decision making: Patients’ appraisals of health care providers and health plan representatives. Social Justice Research, 18, 63-81.

Fondacaro, M.R., Jackson, S.L., & Luescher, J. (2002). Toward the assessment of procedural and distributive justice in resolving family disputes. Social Justice Research, 15, 341-371.

Fondacaro, M.R., & Weinberg, D. (2002). Concepts of social justice in community psychology: Toward a social ecological epistemology. American Journal of Community Psychology, 30, 473-492.

Woolard, J., Fondacaro, M.R., & Slobogin, C. (2001). Informing juvenile justice policy: Directions for behavioral science research. Law and Human Behavior, 25, 13-24.

Fondacaro, M.R. (2000). Toward an ecological jurisprudence rooted in concepts of justice and empirical research. UMKC Law Review, 69, 179-196.

Slobogin, C. & Fondacaro, M.R. (2000). Rethinking deprivations of liberty: Possible ontributions from therapeutic and ecological jurisprudence. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 18, 499-516.

Murphy-Berman, V., Cross, T., & Fondacaro, M.R. (1999). Fairness and health care decision making: Testing the group value model of procedural justice. Social Justice Research, 12, 117-129.

Fondacaro, M.R., & Jackson, S.L. (1999). The legal and psychosocial context of family violence: Toward a social ecological analysis. Law & Policy, 21, 91-100.

Jackson, S.L., & Fondacaro, M.R. (1999). Procedural justice in resolving family conflict: Implications for youth violence prevention. Law & Policy, 21, 101-127.

Slobogin, C., Fondacaro, M.R., & Woolard, J. (1999). A prevention model of juvenile justice: The promise of Kansas v. Hendricks for children. Wisconsin Law Review, 1999, 185-226.

Fondacaro, M.R., Dunkle, M., & Pathak, M.K. (1998). Procedural justice in resolving family disputes: A psychosocial analysis of individual and family functioning in late adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 27, 101-119.

Fondacaro, M.R. (1998). Community psychology and child support enforcement. The Community Psychologist, 31, 7-10.

Fondacaro, M.R., & Stolle, D.P. (1996). Revoking motor vehicle and professional licenses for purposes of child support enforcement: Constitutional challenges and policy implications.  Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, 5, 355-399.

Fondacaro, M.R. (1995). Toward a synthesis of law and social science: Due process and procedural justice in the context of national health care reform. Denver University Law Review, 72, 303-358.

Stolle, D.P., Fondacaro, M.R., Olson, K., & Wilcox, B. (1995). Bringing community psychology to the state legislative arena: The reform of child support enforcement legislation. The Community Psychologist, 28, 5-7.

Fondacaro, M.R., & Heller, K. (1990). Attributional style in aggressive adolescent boys. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 18, 75-89.

Moos, R.H., Brennan, P.L., Fondacaro, M.R., & Moos, B.S. (1990). Approach and avoidance coping responses among older problem and nonproblem drinkers. Psychology and Aging, 5, 31-40.

Fondacaro, M.R., & Moos, R.H. (1989). Life stressors and coping: A longitudinal analysis among depressed and nondepressed adults. Journal of Community Psychology, 17, 330-340.

Fondacaro, M.R., & Moos, R.H. (1987). Social support and coping: A longitudinal analysis. American Journal of Community Psychology, 15, 653-673.

Fondacaro, M.R., Heller, K., & Reilly, M.J. (1984). The development of friendship networks as a prevention strategy in a university megadorm. Personnel and Guidance Journal, 62, 520-523.

Fondacaro, M.R., & Heller, K. (1983). Social Support factors and drinking among college student males. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 12, 285-299.

Widom, C.S., Katkin, F., Stewart, A., & Fondacaro, M.R. (1983). Multivariate analysis of personality and motivation in female delinquents. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 20, 277-289.



2006-Present Professor of Psychology,

Department of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.

Conducting a program of research on the determinants and consequences of procedural and distributive justice in various decision making contexts including families, schools, and the health care and juvenile justice systems.

2003-2006    Associate Professor of Psychology,

1997-2003    Assistant Professor of Psychology,

Department of Psychology, University of Florida.

Developed an ecological jurisprudence that integrates aspects of community psychology and the law. Supervised and advised graduate students as core faculty member of the APA approved graduate program in counseling psychology.

Summer 2002, 2003 Visiting Researcher,

Center for Health Care Evaluation, Stanford University. Developed conceptually-integrated measures to assess procedural and distributive justice in the context of health care decision making.

1997-2003 Assistant Professor of Criminology & Law,

University of Florida Center for Studies in Criminology and Law.

Conducted research on conflict resolution in families and youth violence prevention; developed new measures to assess procedural and distributive justice in legal and extralegal contexts; developed an analytic framework for evaluating the incremental validity of expert psychological testimony.

1994-1997 Research Assistant Professor,

Center on Children, Families & the Law, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Conducted research on procedural and distributive justice in health care, human services, and family contexts; coordinated an interdisciplinary team of investigators responsible for implementing and evaluating child support enforcement program innovations; assisted the Nebraska Department of Social Services with legislative drafting and research.

1987-1988 Visiting Scholar and Health Services Research Specialist,

Stanford University and Veterans Administration Medical Centers.

Conducted research on stress and coping among medical patients, depressed adults, and community residents. Supervised team of research assistants.

1985-1987 Postdoctoral Scholar, Social Ecology Laboratory,

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University.

Studied the stress, social support, and coping process. Helped to develop a Coping Inventory to assess the range of coping responses people use to manage stressful life circumstances

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