Child and Adolescent Development, Exposure to Community Violence, Cross-National, Mixed Methods


Franklin Moreno joined the Department of Criminal Justice and Public Policy Lab at Temple University as a Stoneleigh Emerging Leader fellow in 2023. Before joining Temple University, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers University. Dr. Moreno completed his PhD in Education with a concentration in Human Development at the University of California, Berkeley in 2020. He earned his Master’s degree in Education at the University of California, Berkeley, and his Master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. His dissertation work examined social-moral cognitive development of children and adolescents exposed to gang violence in Honduras with youth not exposed in Nicaragua. Dr. Moreno’s research focuses on children’s and adolescents’ experiences across multiple contexts of violence, locally, cross-culturally, and transnationally. He combines individual level analysis of emotional, cognitive, and behavioral development with ecological factors of insecurity and security associated with gangs, law enforcement, family, and community members in general. His research includes the role of transnational policies between countries that shape the local realities of public safety, violence, and policing for youth in Honduras. Dr. Moreno also conducts violence reduction program evaluations for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Honduras.

During his time as a fellow, Dr. Moreno is working on understanding the challenges community organizations face in addressing community-based gun violence in Philadelphia; and to develop an accessible, online Resource Hub that provides free tools and resources to bolster direct service organizations’ ability to respond to community-based gun violence. 

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

  • Moreno, F., Hoegler Dennis, S., Cummings, E.M., & Boxer, P. (2024). “When someone is in a safe place, I believe that your mind rests” Emotional security amid community violence: A cross-national study with youth in Newark, New Jersey, USA, and San Pedro Sula, Cortés, Honduras. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 99
  • Moreno, F. (2023). Moral reasoning about gang violence in context: A comparative study with children and adolescents exposed to maras in Honduras and not exposed in Nicaragua. Child Development 95(1), e1-e20
  • Docherty, M., Moreno, F., Niwa, E., & Boxer, P. (2022). Ethnopolitical violence exposure and children’s aggression. In C.R. Martin, V.R. Preedy, & V.B. Patel (Eds.), Handbook of Anger, Aggression, and Violence: Causes, Pathology and Treatments