Academic Profile

Olivia Choy received her Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. From 2013-2014, she was also a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the etiology of criminal behavior in adults and antisocial behavior in children, as well as interventions for such behavior. She examines 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, she studies 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.
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Asst Prof Olivia Choy
Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences

Antisocial behavior, Psychopathy, Psychophysiology, Transcranial direct current stimulation, Nutrition, Biosocial criminology, Experimental criminology, Developmental and life-course criminology
  • Reducing Antisocial Behaviour using Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and Oxytocin: A Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Choy, O. & Raine, A. (2021). Vitamin D insufficiency attenuates the effect of early social adversity on child antisocial behavior. Psychological Medicine, 1-10. doi:10.1017/S0033291721001069

  • Choy, O. (2020). Biosocial risk factors for offending. In F. Focquaert, E. Shaw, & B. N. Waller (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy and Science of Punishment. Routledge.

  • 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., Focquaert, F., & Raine, A. (2018). Benign biological interventions to reduce offending. Neuroethics. doi:10.1007/s12152-018-9360-0

  • 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.