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I hope that my enthusiasm and passion for the field of criminal justice will be infectious and a catalyst to inspire my students to achieve academic and professional success through lifelong learning."

Bio

I joined Johnson & Wales University in 2011 as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice after serving as an Adjunct Instructor in Criminal Justice at Bristol Community College since 2009. I also worked as an Adjunct Instructor in Criminal Justice at Bay State College in Boston, Massachusetts.

Prior to joining academia, I served on the Pawtucket Police Department in Rhode Island for 22 years, spending three years as a patrol officer before becoming a detective assigned to the narcotics unit, during which time I worked in an undercover capacity for approximately two and a half years making purchases of narcotics such as cocaine, crack, marijuana, heroin, LSD, and various controlled prescription drugs, not only in the city of Pawtucket but also in the surrounding communities of Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln as well as other cities and towns throughout the state of Rhode Island. 

While working as a detective in the narcotics unit, I became a member of the National Narcotics Officers Association and was recognized as an expert witness in narcotics investigations in both state and federal courts in Rhode Island. I also worked as a narcotics detection canine handler before retiring in December of 2008.

I have presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and Northeastern Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conferences on issues relating to cumulative stress in policing

Research Areas

My research is focused on the issue of cumulative stress in policing and the detrimental consequences this presents to law enforcement due to the organization failing to adequately address this concern during the initial training in a police academy as well as individually through in-service training.

Areas of Interest

My research interest is in cumulative stress in policing and its impact on the individual officer in his/her professional and personal life as well as the department and public.

Courses Taught

  • CJS1002: Intro to Criminal Justice
  • CJS1070: Criminal Courts
  • CJS1090: Law Enforcement
  • CJS2040: Corrections
  • CJS2050: Criminology
  • CJS2150: Criminal Justice Ethics
  • CJS2085: Juvenile Justice
  • CJS3075: Criminal Investigation
  • CJS3450: Comparative Criminal Justice
  • CJS3850: Homeland Security
  • CJS4030: Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • CJS4080: Criminal Justice Senior Seminar

Memberships

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
  • Northeastern Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS)
  • American Society of Criminology (ASC)