Alan Lizotte's substantive interests include guns and gun control, the correlates and causes of juvenile delinquency and the factors related to various forms of victimization. He enjoys applying statistical and mathematical models to these problems. He has published extensively on these topics. His recent publications include: Gangs and Delinquency in Developmental Perspective (2003), New York: Cambridge University Press, by Terence Thornberry, Marvin Krohn, Alan Lizotte, Carolyn Smith, and Kimberly Tobin. This book won the American Society of Criminology’s Hindelang Award for the Most Outstanding Contribution to Research in Criminology in 2003; "Causes and Consequences of Delinquency: Findings from the Rochester Youth Development Study" by Terence Thornberry, Alan J. Lizotte, Marvin D. Krohn, and Carolyn Smith and Pamela K. Porter in Taking Stock in Delinquency: An Overview of Findings from Contemporary Longitudinal Studies (2003), , Terence P. Thornberry and Marvin D. Krohn (eds.) New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, pp. 11-46; The Delinquency of Children Born To Young Mothers: Results from the Rochester Youth Developments Study,. Criminology, Vol. 41, No. 4, pp. 1249-1286, 2003; and "Linked Lives: The Intergenerational Transmission of Antisocial Behavior" in Jounal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 171-184,(2003), by Terence Thornberry, Andrienne Freeman-Gallant, Alan J. Lizotte, Marvin Krohn, and Carolyn Smith.
He is co-principal investigator on the Rochester Youth Development Study, an ongoing longitudinal study of juvenile delinquency and drug use covering three generations of subjects' families