Rosemary J. Erickson, Ph.D.

President, Athena Research Corporation,
Forensic Sociologist, Security Consultant
and Expert Witness

Retired December, 2019—Athena Research Corporation’s 40th Anniversary, Athena closed on July 31, 2020


Dr. Erickson was on sabbatical leave from 2017-2019 for writing and marketing her two new books.
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Book out by Dr. Erickson:
Prairie Patriarch: A Farmer’s Daughter Who Becomes an Expert on Violent Crime
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Book out by Dr. Erickson:
Serial Killers and the Aftermath
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Slideshow of a crime scene reenactment of a serial killer case
Photos by Shannon Brick

Dr. Erickson as seen on: Dr. Phil Show, ABC 20/20, NBC Dateline, Court TV, CNN, MSNBC and CNBC.
As seen in: Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Miami Herald and the San Diego Union Tribune
Author of: Armed Robbers and Their Crimes, Teenage Robbers, Prairie Patriarch and Serials Killers

Recent Article
Dr. Erickson is featured in Sioux Falls Woman Magazine in an article entitled: "Understanding the Criminal Mind". (Pps 94-95). Click here to view article

Recent Award
In 2014, Dr. Erickson was awarded her alma mater’s Alumni Achievement Award for her body of work in crime prevention.  Click here to see more about the award.

New Forensic Sociology Book
“Target Selection by Criminal Groups and Gangs”.  Rosemary J. Erickson and Sandra J. Erickson in Handbook of Forensic Sociology and Psychology, Stephen J. Morewitz & Mark L. Goldstein, Ed.  Springer: 2014.  This chapter, pp. 87-102,  The chapter may be purchased directly on-line from the publisher at

Athena Research Corporation
has focused on the sociological study of crime for over 30 years. Athena conducts research and trains both government and industry in crime prevention methods and security. Rosemary J. Erickson, Ph.D, a Forensic Sociologist and President of Athena Research Corporation, testifies nationwide for plaintiff or defense regarding foreseeability and security measures in high profile, high exposure premises liability civil cases, which result from criminal acts involving homicide, rape, or aggravated assault. Dr. Erickson has taught at both San Diego State University and American University.


Important Research

Teenage Robbers, Why and How They Rob is a powerful and significant study of teenage armed robbers, conducted by one of the country’s leading experts on crime and violence. Dr. Rosemary J. Erickson, a forensic sociologist, led this investigation into why teenage robbers commit their crimes, how they do it, and what they look for. Download Report for Free