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New Doctoral Program Welcomes First Students

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The new Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice welcomed its first cohort of students this month. The group includes six students (photos right and below) from four states. Learn about their backgrounds and interests in "Student Profiles" below. 

Student Profiles

Sherah Basham received her Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of West Florida in Pensacola in 2008. While a student she was employed as assistant director of security and a criminal justice faculty member at Pensacola Christian College. Her research interests include issues on policing and campus safety.

Caitlin Brady received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. She recently completed her Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, N.Y. Her interests include violent crime, media and criminal behavior, criminological theory, and crime prevention. Brady is originally from Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Sara Bryson graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. She went on to pursue her Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Her current interests include juvenile justice, youth gangs and adolescent mental health. Bryson is from Harlingen, Texas.

Jerisa Pierson received her law degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Formerly she was a deputy county attorney with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in Phoenix, Ariz. Her research interests center on the use of law, juvenile justice and correctional issues.

Ishan Sharma received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida. His interests lie in policing and community relations and police responses to domestic violence.

Justin Smith received his Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. His thesis focused on the integration of crime analysis within patrol operatons and its relationship to departmental use of resources. He hopes to continue research on policing and crime prevention.

CJ Doc Students 1(Left to right) Caitlyn Brady, Sara Bryson, Ishan Sharma, Sherah Basham, Justin Smith, Jerisa Pierson







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