Chad R. Trulson

Dr. Chad R. Trulson, Associate Professor
Associate Chair and Professor
Full-Time Faculty
(940) 565-2758
Chilton Hall 289L


  • Sam Houston State University, Ph.D. (2002)
  • Sam Houston State University, M.A. (1998)
  • University of Northern Iowa, B.A. (1996)
  • North Iowa Area Community College, A.A. (1994)

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Chair, University of North Texas (2013-Present)
  • Professor, University of North Texas (2013-present)
  • Associate Professor, University of North Texas (2007-2013)
  • Assistant Professor, University of North Texas (2002-2007)

Biographical Sketch

Chad R. Trulson is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas. He received an A.A. degree in Public Service/Law Enforcement from North Iowa Area Community College (1994), a B.A. in Criminology from the University of Northern Iowa (1996), and a M.A. (1998) and Ph.D. (2002) from the George J. Beto College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University.

Dr. Trulson has worked in various positions in juvenile justice such as a juvenile resident counselor, juvenile detention officer, and a juvenile parole officer. Dr. Trulson has published numerous articles in leading criminal justice journals including Journal of Criminal Justice, Crime and Delinquency, Law and Society Review, The Prison Journal, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Criminology and Public Policy, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, and Criminal Justice Review. Dr. Trulson has published four books: Juvenile Justice: System, Process, and Law (Cengage, 2006), First Available Cell: Desegregation of the Texas Prison System (University of Texas Press, 2009) Applied Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology (McGraw-Hill, 2013), and Lost Causes: Blended Sentencing, Second Chances, and the Texas Youth Commission (University of Texas Press, 2016). Dr. Trulson also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the highly ranked journal, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice (SAGE).

Based on his research, Dr. Trulson has consulted with numerous agencies including the Texas Youth Commission, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the California Attorney General’s Office, and several law enforcement agencies on subjects ranging from racial profiling to desegregation in prison environments to institutional violence and recidivism among state incarcerated juvenile offenders.

Dr. Trulson regularly teaches Research Methods, Correctional Systems, and Administration of Criminal Justice Agencies at the undergraduate level, and periodically teaches Juvenile Justice and Serial Homicide. At the graduate level, Dr. Trulson has taught such courses as Seminar on the Death Penalty, Discipline, Punishment, and Social Policy, Criminal Justice Policy, Correctional Programs, and Criminal Justice Administration. Among other service activities, Dr. Trulson serves as the Chair of the University of North Texas Institutional Review Board (IRB).