Our diverse faculty bring a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Dr. Pamela Black, associate professor of criminal justice, examines the relationship between ethnicity, strain, social learning, and deviant behavior. Recent publications include; “Marijuana Use as a Coping Response to Psychological Strain: Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Differences among Young Adults” published in Deviant Behavior and “Cohort Comparisons: Social Learning Explanations for Alcohol Use among Adolescents and Older Adults” published in Addictive Behavior.
Other research has looked at cross-national comparisons of economic inequality, economic change, and the criminalization of immigrants, and a study on the ethnic differences in sexual norms among client of prostitutes. Currently Dr. Black is working on a paper addressing the differing effects of social learning on adolescent addictions.
Dr. S. Hakan Can, associate professor of criminal justice, began his career in law enforcement and worked his way up to the chief superintendent position. During his professional career he worked with the Interpol, Drug and Fiscal crime subdivisions. As part of police collaboration, he worked or joined the operations in more than twenty countries around the globe.In 2006, after his retirement, he joined Pennsylvania State Schuylkill. He established the program, “Incident Command Simulation,” which received recognition from The Department of Homeland Security. He and his program received high appreciation from the Texas National Guard while responding to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. His line of research currently focuses on law enforcement stress and employee assistance programs.
Ronald Kelly, M.A., instructor in administration of justice, has several areas of interest in research most of them focusing on victimology, criminology and corrections. He has been teaching Administration of Justice courses at Penn State Schuylkill since 2006 after he received his master’s degree from Penn State Harrisburg in 2005. He has extensive work experience in the juvenile justice system, mental health of juveniles, and The Federal Bureau of Prisons. Mr. Kelly brings the frontline experience into every course he teaches and engages the students to think critically about the criminal justice system.
Dr. Peter Grahame, assistant professor of sociology, is a member of the Social Sciences and Administration of Justice programs at Penn State Schuylkill. He teaches in the areas of deviance, criminological theory, urban sociology, environment, and family. His research interests focus on immigration, urban life, and cosmopolitanism. He is pursuing a long-term research program on transnational families in New York, Toronto, and Trinidad (West Indies). In his courses, Dr. Grahame’s students learn to be active investigators of their own social worlds.
Attorney Lora McDonald is an adjunct instructor who obtained her degree from The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law. She is a member of the law firm Rubright, Domalakes, Troy, & McDonald. Her noted areas of law include domestic relations, real estate, and criminal law.
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