Retired Senior Correctional Captain (Supervisor) with extensive training and experience in Investigative Techniques; Penology; Analysis of Conditions of Confinement in Local, State & Federal Correctional Facilities; Forensic/Clinical Psychology; Clinical Criminology/Treatment of the Offender; Criminal Psychology; and Substance Abuse/Chemical Dependency & Mental Health Treatment (assessment, diagnosis, and prevention). Background includes extensive experience in supervision and management of inmate population and both uniformed and civilian correctional staff.
Currently as Assistant Professor with SUNY Empire State College, teach numerous courses in Community and Human Services: Multicultural Issues in Counseling and Psychotherapy; Social Work: Theory & Practice; Pharmacological Aspects of Substance Abuse; Theoretical Concepts of Psychoanalytic & Neo-Analytic Psychology; Issues in Criminal Justice Systems; The African-American Experience in the Criminal Justice System; Women & Crime; Issues in Terrorism; Juvenile Delinquency; Issues in Theoretical Criminology and more.
Primary areas of focus for teaching and mentoring have included Criminal Justice, Community & Human Services, Substance/Alcohol Abuse, and the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Education and practice in the latter field has led to embracing and utilization of a Scholar-Practitioner Model where scholarship and theoretical concepts are connected and used “out in the real world.”
Noted for developing and championing innovative outreach and support programs focused on the success of all students but focused particularly on supporting black males to persist through to graduation or certificate completion since this group historically has the lowest retention rate. These efforts include serving as faculty advisor for the Black Male Initiative (BMI) at Empire State College, supporting group activities including identification of at-risk students, peer counseling & referrals, outreach & promotion, student & alumni networking, community forums & events, social responsibility & social justice initiatives, technical advice for BMI expansion, and establishing a fully endowed BMI scholarship fund.
As part of this portfolio, activities include establishing a number of evidence-based programs to support student success: (1) the Fortified/Enriched Classroom that provides in-class support to ensure completion of first term/first year classes, since research has shown that improves retention through to graduation; (2) the Citizen Re-entry program, providing a pipeline for students with prior criminal justice involvement to move in a new direction and complete their higher education; (3) weekend coaching/counseling sessions, walk-in or by appointment, to support both of these programs as well as other BMI members and ESC students, and (4) outcome research to document the effectiveness of all of these program areas.