Tamara Humphrey

Tamara  Humphrey
Assistant Professor
Office: COR A357

PhD (University of Calgary, 2017), Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Ottawa, 2017-18)

Area of expertise

criminology, development and life-course theories of crime, criminal justice system, quantitative methods, domestic violence, bullying, gender and crime


Tamara Humphrey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology.

Her doctoral research, under the supervision of Erin Gibbs Van Brunschot, investigated how exposure to trauma in childhood impacts offending over the life course. Prior to joining the University of Victoria in 2018, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Tracy Vaillancourt, studying bullying perpetration and peer victimization.

Dr. Humphrey’s scholarly interests focus on a range of issues concerning crime, with a broad focus on the causes and consequences of violence. She primarily uses a life course perspective to analyze how the intersection of various social statuses including race, class and gender impact trajectories of offending and interactions with the criminal justice system.

Her work has been published internationally in journals such as the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, the Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology and the International Criminal Justice Review.


  • Developmental and Life-course Criminology
  • Desistance and Re-entry
  • Structural violence
  • Community-engaged research
  • Violence and Aggression
  • Quantitative Methods




Gibbs Van Brunschot, Erin and Tamara Humphrey (2022). Pathways to Ruin? High-Risk Offending over the Life-Course. University of Toronto Press.

Refereed articles

Humphrey, Tamara and Tracy Vaillancourt. (2021). "Longitudinal Relations between Hypercompetitiveness, Jealousy, and Aggression across Adolescence." Merrill Palmer Quarterly, 67(3), 237–268. 

Humphrey, Tamara and Tracy Vaillancourt. (2020). "Longitudinal Relations between Bullying, Sexual Harassment, Homophobic Taunting, and Dating Violence: Evidence of Heterotypic Continuity." Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 49(10), 1976-1986.

Humphrey, Tamara and Erin Gibbs Van Brunschot. (2018). "Accumulating (Dis)advantage: Do Social Bonds Mediate the Relationship between Multiple Childhood Adversities and Persistent Offending?" Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, 4(3), 297 – 321.

Humphrey, Tamara and Erin Gibbs Van Brunschot. (2017). "Measurement Matters: Offense Types and
Specialization." Journal of Interpersonal Violence. (Online ahead of print).

Goodbrand, Pernille, Humphrey Tamara and Jyoti Gondek. (2017). "Relatives or Rentals? Secondary Suites in Calgary through a Multigenerational Family Lens." The Canadian Geographer, 61(4), 525 – 539.

Humphrey, Tamara and Erin Gibbs Van Brunschot. (2015). "Post-sentencing Supervision: Punishment
and/or Protection?" International Criminal Justice Review, 25, 379 – 401.

Book reviews

Humphrey, Tamara. (2021). "Deviance Management: Insiders, Outsiders, Hiders, and Drifters." Contemporary Sociology, 50(3), 211 – 213.

Publications and Reports

Benavides, Sebastien, Fanny Oliphant, Veronica Chirino, Jeff Halvorsen, Tamara Humphrey and Liza Lorenzetti. (2022, January) Latino men’s well-being community support group. Calgary, AB: Alberta Men’s Network/ University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work.

Humphrey, Tamara. (2017) Research Report: Results from the Calgary Police Service 2017 Workforce Census. Prepared for the Calgary Police Service, Calgary, Alberta.
• This report received media attention from a number of news outlets in Calgary, including the Calgary Herald and 660 News

Humphrey, Tamara. (2017) Coordinating Along the Service Spectrum and the Innovative System Response Project Coordinated Action Framework. Prepared for the Calgary Domestic Violence Collective (CDVC) and the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter (CWES), Calgary, Alberta.

Humphrey, Tamara. (2017) Legal Services Systems Map. Prepared for the Legal Services Advisory Group of the Calgary Domestic Violence Collective (the CDVC), Calgary, Alberta.