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Robert D'Ovidio, PhD

Robert D'Ovidio, PhD

Associate Professor of Criminology and Justice Studies
Department of Criminology and Justice Studies
Office: 3401 Market Street, Room 110-A
Phone: 215.895.1803
Fax: 215.895.1333

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  • PhD, Criminal Justice, Temple University, 2005

Research Interests:

  • Computer and High Technology Crime
  • Criminal Justice Technology
  • Policing
  • Transnational Crime
  • Criminological Theory


Rob D’Ovidio‘s research and teaching interests lie in the intersection of computer technology, crime and the criminal justice system. In the past, he has worked with the New York City Police Department and Philadelphia Police Department on research projects involving computer crime. His work with the law enforcement community also includes training investigators on techniques to trace Internet communication and seize electronic evidence and cell phones.

D’Ovidio is a past president of the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association. He is also a member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists, the American Society of Criminology, and the United States Secret Service Philadelphia Area Electronic Crimes Task Force. D’Ovidio sits on the National Governors Association’s Strategic Policy Council on Cyber and Electronic Crime. Rob serves as an adviser to the Pennsylvania State Treasurer on identity theft and is a consultant to BK Forensics, assisting with law enforcement outreach and the development of training curriculum. He provides regular commentary for media outlets on news stories pertaining to computer crime, Internet safety, identity theft and surveillance.

Selected Publications:

  • D’Ovidio, R. and Anandarajan, M. Hiding Crimes in Cyberspace: Crime and Victimization in Public Access Internet Facilities. Report for the National Institute of Justice. June 2010.
  • D’Ovidio, R. The Dark Side of Online Activism: The Case of Adult-Child Sex Advocacy Websites. Report for the Bureau of Justice Assistance. March 2008.
  • D’Ovidio, R. and Kane, R.J. State Training Curriculum for Municipal Police Officers on Crimes Involving Computers and Electronic Evidence. Report for the Bureau of Justice Assistance. February 2008.