Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Olivia Choy

Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences

Asst Prof Olivia Choy

I received my Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. From 2013-2014, I was also a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge. My research focuses on the etiology of criminal behavior in adults and antisocial behavior in children, as well as interventions for such behavior. I examine the role of biological factors, together with psychological and social environmental variables, to gain a more complete understanding of the mechanisms underlying antisocial behavior. Specifically, I study psychophysiological factors such as heart rate, brain mechanisms using non-invasive brain stimulation and neuroimaging methods, and nutrition in relation to criminal and antisocial behavior.
Research Interests
Antisocial behavior, Psychopathy, Psychophysiology, Transcranial direct current stimulation, Nutrition, Biosocial criminology, Experimental criminology, Developmental and life-course criminology
Current Projects
  • Reducing Antisocial Behavior using Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and Oxytocin: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Selected Publications
  • Raine, A., Ang, R. P., Choy, O., Hibbeln, J., Ho, R. M-H., Lim, C. G., … Fung, D. S. S. (2019). An omega-3 and social skills intervention for childhood externalizing behavior problems: A randomized, stratified, double-blind, placebo-controlled, factorial trial. Psychological Medicine, 49(2), 335-344.
  • Choy, O., Raine, A., & Hamilton, R. H. (2018). Stimulation of the prefrontal cortex reduces intentions to commit aggression: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, stratified, parallel-group trial. The Journal of Neuroscience, 38(29), 6505-6512.
  • Choy, O., Raine, A., Venables, P. H., & Farrington, D. P. (2017). Explaining the gender gap in crime: The role of heart rate. Criminology, 55, 465-487.
  • Portnoy, J., Raine, A., Glenn, A. L., Chen, F. R., Choy, O., & Granger, A. (2015). Digit ratio (2D:4D) moderates the relationship between cortisol reactivity and self-reported externalizing behavior in young adolescent males. Biological Psychology, 112, 94-106.
  • Choy, O., Raine, A., Portnoy, J., Rudo-Hutt, A., Gao, Y., & Soyfer, L. (2015). The mediating role of heart rate on the social adversity-antisocial behavior relationship: A social neurocriminology perspective. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 52, 303-341.

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