He is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist, co-chair of the U.S. National Institute of Justice Study Group on Transitions from Juvenile Delinquency to Adult Crime, co-chair of the Centre for Disease Control's Expert Panel on Protective Factors against Youth Violence, a member of the Board of Directors of the International Observatory on Violence in Schools, a member of the Campbell Collaboration Crime and Justice Group Steering Committee, joint editor of the journal Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, and a member of the editorial boards of 17 other journals.
Prof. Farrington's most important basic research program has been the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development (CSDD). The CSDD is one of the most famous, most cited, and longest-lasting criminological research projects. There are 195 publications from this study, which has followed 411 London males from age 8 to age 48 in records and in repeated personal interviews, to investigate the development of offending and antisocial behaviour.
Since 2006, he has coauthored 7 of the systematic reviews on effectiveness that have been published by the Crime and Justice Group. He has also coauthored 10 systematic reviews published by the Swedish National Council on Crime Prevention. He has also co-authored systematic reviews published by the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Risk Management Authority Scotland, the U.S. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, and in journal articles.
Prof. Farrington has not just advanced the science of evidence based policy through his basic research, reviews of experiments and systematic reviews, he was the founding Chair of the Campbell Crime and Justice Group Steering Committee from 2000-04 and then served as co-chair from 2004-07.