Nicholas Bakken

Associate Professor
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Specialty area(s)

Criminology, Criminal Justice, Criminal Desistance, Prisoner Reentry, Substance Use,  Programmatic Evaluation

Brief biography

Professor Nicholas Bakken is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. He received his B.S. (2004) from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and his M.A (2006) and Ph.D. (2009) from the University of Delaware. Professor Bakken's teaching and research interests are in the areas of criminology, criminal justice, and research methods. His research focuses on criminal offending across the life course, criminal career research, desistance from crime, prisoner reentry, substance use, and juvenile delinquency.

Current courses at UWL

Soc 110 - The Social World
Soc 323 - Corrections and Penology
Soc 324 - Criminal Justice
Soc 326 - Sociopharmacology
Soc 350 - Methods of Social Research II


Teaching history

2009- Present- Sociology at UW-La Crosse

Professional history

Present-2015. Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

2015-2009. Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

2009-2005. Research Assistant, Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies, University of Delaware.

Research and publishing

DeCamp, W., & Bakken, N. (2016). Self-injury, suicide ideation, and sexual orientation: Differences in causes and correlates by orientation and gender. Journal of Injury and Violence Research, 8(1), 15-24.

Visher, C. & Bakken, N. (2014). Reentry challenges facing women with mental health problems. Women and Health, 54, 768-780.

Bakken, N., Gunter, W., & Visher, C. (2013). Spirituality and desistance from substance use among reentering offenders. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 58, 1321-1339.

Visher, C., Bakken, N., & Gunter, W. (2013). Incarcerated fatherhood, community reintegration and successful outcomes. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 52, 451-469.

Gunter, W., & Bakken, N. (2012). The many measurements of self-control: How reoperationalized self-control compares. European Journal of Criminology, 9, 309-322.

Bakken, N. & Gunter, W. (2012). Self-cutting and suicidal ideation among adolescents: Gender differences in the causes and correlates of self-injury. Deviant Behavior, 33, 339-356.

Gunter, W., Kurtz, S., Bakken, N., & O’Connell, D. (2012). Desisting from prescription drug abuse: An application of growth models to Rx opioid users. Journal of Drug Issues, 42(1), 82-97.

Bachman, R., Gunter, W., & Bakken. N. (2011). Predicting feelings of school safety for lower, middle, and upper school students: A gender specific analysis. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 7, 59-76.

Gunter, W., & Bakken, N. (2010). Transitioning to middle school in the sixth grade: A hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) analysis of substance use, violence, and suicidal thoughts. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 30, 895-915.


Ph.D. Criminology, University of Delaware, 2009
Areas of Concentration: Criminology and Research Methods

M.A. Criminology, University of Delaware, 2006

B.S. Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2004