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MACJ Student Awarded the 2024 Michael Israel Graduate Student Scholarship

Blake Cronin, MACJ student, is one of the recipients of the 2024 Michael Israel Graduate Student Scholarship. The scholarship is a highly distinguished award that The Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS) grants to students who are  pursuing a graduate degree in criminal justice and criminology, who have excellent academic records, and who are making noticeable contribution to the field  of criminal justice.

Blake's excellent academic background, his invaluable internship at the Ocean County Prosecutor's office, his service in the US Army as a military police officer, and Dr. Jessica Bonnan-White's (one of his professors) strong endorsement  made his application for the scholarship a win.

The scholarship includes a $250 award, one night stay at the NEACJS Conference in June, and a full year membership to NEACJS.

Congratulations Blake!

Stockton University Among Five NJ Higher Education Institutions Selected to Be the Institution of Higher Education at MIHIC

Rutgers University, Stockton University, Mercer County Community College, The College of New Jersey and Thomas Edison University will lead the Higher Education consortium at 
Maternal and Infant Health Innovation Center in Trenton (MIHIC), which includes degree and certificate programs, on-job training opportunities, maternal and infant health research, student support services.

Professors Betsy Erbaugh, Christina Jackson, Alysia Mastrangelo and Sreelekha Prakash represent Stockton University at this consortium as researchers as part of our Community Based-Social Research Collaborative (CBSRC) intiative.

The photo on the right is that of the CBSRC team at the Stockton-Rothenburg building, Atlantic City.The photo includes from top to bottom: Dr. Betsy Erbaugh (Associate Professor of Sociology), Dr. Sreelekha Prakash (Associate Professsor of Health Science), Dr. Alysia Mastrangelo (Professor of Physical Therapy), Dr. Christina Jackson (Associate Professor of Sociology), Alex Geffard (CBSRC Writing Consultant), and Diana Madrid (SOBL Alum, Researcher, and Administrative Support at the CBSRC collaborative).

For more information about the consortium of schools at the Maternal and Infant Health Innovation Center in Trenton, please click HERE.

Updates from FRN Winter Seminar 2024

The 2024 Faculty Resource Nework Winter Program is held this year on the campus of Universidad del Sagrado Corazon (University fo Sacred Heart) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from January 8-12, 2024.

Eight Stockton faculty members are participating in the program this year. According to Professor Michael Rodriguez, it is the largest representation from any institution.

To learn more about the Faculty Resource Network, click HERE.

Dr. Janice Joseph Recipient of ACJS Presidential Commendation Award

Dr. Janice Joseph, distinguished professor of Criminal Justice, received last March the Presidential Commendation Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS).It is one of the many awards Dr. Joseph has received from ACJS in recognization of her invaluable contribution to this international criminal justice organization.

You can read more about Dr. Joseph's recent award and about her many contribultions to ACJS by clicking HERE.

Congratulations Dr. Janice Joseph!

Dr. Sahin Shares Insightful Study Results at The 2024 Carolinas Crime Analysis Association Training Conference

Dr. Sahin, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, leads the EPJETS (Enhancing Procedural Justness of Encounters Through Substantiation) project, which is one of the National Institute of Justice research projects.The project is a partnership among Stockton University, the Atlantic City Police Department and the Pleasantville Police Department. It introduces and tests groundbreaking data driven policing practices that aim at  improving citizens' perception of and relation with the police, with a specific emphasis on the critical context of traffic stops.

This innovative research project introduces a pioneering interaction protocol featuring geospatial evidence presentation, cautioning drivers about high-risk areas for traffic incidents.The protocol also incorporates video recordings, which drivers can access for a fair assessment of law enforcement procedures. The goal is to foster more transparency and promote more trust.

Dr. Sahin presented the findings of his research at the Carolinas Crime Analyst Association’s Conference in Charleston, SC on February 29, 2024.
His presentation took place at the historic Best Friend Train Museum in Downtown Charleston. He was able to highlight how RTM Simsi, a Risk Terrain Modeling software, can effectively inform drivers about high-risk crash locations and contribute to achieving procedurally just traffic stops.Crime analysts in attendance asked multiple questions about the possible application of the concept in other types of police-citizen interaction. Some posted their insights about the EPJETS Model on their social media accounts following the event. 

Established in 2020, the Carolinas Crime Analysis Association (CCAA) stands as a regional force in crime analysis, uniting professionals in the field. This year’s conference attracted more than 150 attendees from the Carolinas including practitioners, researchers, and students.

For more information on the EPJETS project, click here.

SU Faculty Will Participate in The 2024 NYU FRN Winter program

Eight Stockton University faculty have been accepted to participate in the 2024 Faculty Resource Network (FRN) Winter Seminar. The faculty accepted represent different Schools of Stockton University.  Professor Michael Rodriguez and Ms. Hilda Rivera Rodriguez will represent SOBL.

The 2024 FRN Winter seminar will be hosted on the campus of Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (University of the Sacred Heart) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from January 8th to 12th of 2024.

To learn more about FRN at the New York University and its Winter program, please click HERE


SOBL Professors Featured for Their Maternal & Infant Health Research Project

Associate Professors of Sociology Christina Jackson and Betsy Erbaugh have been engaged in a research project related to First Lady of New Jersey Tammy Murphy's Nurture NJ initiative.

In collaboration with Kean University's Watson Institute and a wide range of community groups in Trenton, this team of reseachers collected data from black women and other women of color that would inform the creation of a maternal and infant health center in Trenton.

To read more about the project and their future plans for more work around maternal and child health equity in South Jersey, click HERE,


Emma Rodriguez : A SOBL Student Researcher

Emma Rodriguez is a very active member of the Maternal & Infant Health Equity Research team with Stockton's Community-Engaged Social Research Collaborative.

Last November, she was one of the Sociology & Anthropology (SOAN) student researchers who participated in the NJ First Lady's 6th Annual Maternal & Infant Health Equity Summit.These student researchers participated in and took notes for the multiple breakout discussion groups at the Summit.

Besides taking great field notes, Emma  provided an excellent report highlighting her group's major discussion points on the topic of perinatal mental health. She presented to a large audience of field experts.

Emma is a SOBL funded student researcher who has made our School, SOAN, and the Stockton Research Team very proud!

Kudos to you, Emma!


Dr. Janice Joseph Presented at the National Forensic Sciences University of India

As President of the World Society of Victimology, Dr. Janice Joseph, Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice, presented  last September (2023) at the National Forensic Sciences University, the Gandhinagar Campus, Gujarat, India. 

She served as a resource person for the Indian Postgraduate Course on Victimology, Victim Assistance and Criminal Justice.

More information can be found by clicking the link below:

Thank you Dr. Joseph for your service!

Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt Donates Fannie Lou Hamer Statue to Atlantic City

According to a Stockton News article, Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt, Distinguished Professor of Social Work and Africana Studies donated a statue of Fannie Lou Hamer to Atlantic City. The statue was designed by Toms River sculptor,Brian Hanlon, and is intended " to educate and inspire young people" Hanlon said. He feels that Fannie’s story has not received the attention it so well deserves. His hope is for the statue to encourage other women to be more engaged politically.

The unveiling ceremony was at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City last Tuesday, October 10, 2023 and was attended by over 150 people. 

For more information about the event, follow the link below:

IAIR 2023 Presentation_Professors Scott, Kalibatsiva and Yang

Psychology Faculty Present at the International Academy of Intercultural Research Conference

Psychology professors Nordia Scott, Zornitsa Kalibatseva and Kaite Yang presented at the Biennial Conference of the International Academy of Intercultural Research (IAIR), which was held last July at Temple University in Philadelphia. The conference brings scholars and practitioners from across the globe to highlight their research and practice of intercultural work.

The three psychology professors presented their research in a symposium, led by Zornitsa Kalibastseva, entitled "Culture, Climate, and Community in College Settings: Resilience and Growth in Navigating Change." The faculty presentations were:

  1. "Shifting the Focus: The Role of Institutional and Racial/Ethnic Protective Factors in Promoting Resilience in An Intercultural Campus Climate" by Nordia Scott

  2. "Identity, Country Climate, Campus Climate, Discrimination and Mental Health Among U.S. College Students" by Zornitsa Kalibatseva 

  3. "Student Multicultural Attitudes and Ethnocultural Empathy in Psychology Classes” by Kaite Yang

For more information about IAIR Conference click HERE

For more information about each of these presentations, you can access the conference Book of Abstracts HERE. (Pages 46-47 )

Thank you Dr. Scott, Dr. Kalibatseva and Dr. Yang for this invaluable contribution to the crucial conversation about intercultural relations and relationships!

David Burdick with Deputy Commissioner of Aging


David Burdick & This Year's Aging Festival Receives Kudos from the Deputy Commissioner of Aging

Kaylee McGuire, Deputy Commissioner of Aging & Disability Services at the New Jersey Department of Human Services, has recently posted on LinkedIn her praise of this year's (2023) Annual Successful Aging Festival, which took place at the Galloway Campus last May.

Ms. McGuire congratulated Stockton University and Dr. David Burdick, in particular, for his great work and that of his whole SCOSA team in organizing such a great event: "It was an honor to present the Governor's Older Americans Month proclamation, and celebrate the abundant resources & classes available to older adults in the region," she noted.

Great work Dr. Burdick and all the SCOSA team!

To see Ms. McGuire's post on LinkedIn, click HERE.


Duntley and Tartaro


CSI Summer Camp at Stockton University

Christine Tartaro and Joshua Duntley, two of our Criminal Justice faculty members, have led another successful and fun CSI Camp this summer. They co-founded the camp in 2007, and it has continued to grow ever since. This summer, they have offered four camps:

Camp 1: June 25 - 29, 2023

Camp 2: July 9 - 13, 2023

Camp 3: July 16 - 20, 2023

Camp 4: July 23 - 27, 2023

The camps attracted over 140 participants, and 133 were on the waitlist. The campers, who worked in teams to investigate and solve complex murder mysteries, represented 14 different states and Puerto Rico.

Some of the highlights of this year's CSI Camp included:

  1. Accident reconstruction
  2. Visits to the Stockton virtual dissection lab
  3. Trips to the Atlantic County Jail, TSA Training Center, and the county morgue
  4. A number of guest speakers that provided participants with information about careers in the law and social work

The list of guest speakers included Dan Tracy, an attorney; Heather Maderia, a funeral director; Dena Tartaro, a Senior Program Development Community Service Specialist with Atlantic County; Kim Schanz, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice; and William McKnight, Teaching Specialist of Criminal Justice.

To learn more about Stockton CSI Camps, click  HERE

Here you'll find the CSI Camp's Facebook page where you will be able see pictures of the campers while in action.

Jessica Nash

BSW Student Selected for National Task Force

Jessica Nash, a Bachelor of Science in Social Work student, has been selected to serve for two years on the advisory board for the National Military Advisory Network (MFAN). After an extensive application and interview process, she was among the lucky forteen (14) who were selected from a pool of 440 total applicants.

"MFAN is a nonprofit organization that supports the well being of our military community through research, peer engagement and resources.As a member of the advisory board, I have the opportunity to amplify the voices of fellow military families and connect them to the support they need throughout their military careers and beyond. #TeamMFAN I can’t wait to get to work and see all that we accomplish together!" Jessica Nash.To learn more click HERE.

We are very proud of Jessica. She is one of our very engaged students. She received Stockton's BOT Fellowship this year. The fellowship will support her project of creating an online platform that will allow students to buy, sell and swap used textbooks.

Congratulations Jessica!

Elizabeth Elmore

Center for Economic Development & Financial Literacy Named After Late Professor Elizabeth Elmore

After five decades of teaching economics within the School of Social  & Behavioral Sciences at Stockton University, Dr. Elizabeth Elmore passed away last December. In honor of her memory, her husband has a made a $2 million committment to support Stockton's work as it relates to late Elizabeth Elmore's passion for economics and finance.

For more information, please click HERE.


Dr. Cooke

AC Campus

SOBL Faculty Member Demonstrated How Atlantic City Metropolitan Area Economy Is Recovering

Dr Oliver Cooke, Associate Professsor of Economy, researched the status of the economy in the Atlantic City Metropolitan area and shared his findings with the community in the Summer 2023 edition of the South Jersey Economic Review, for which he is also the editor. The analysis demonstrated how the economy of the region continues to recover from the 2020 COVID recession that the region has endured for the last couple of years.

To read the June 14th Media Release about the Review, click HERE.

To read the complete Review, click HERE.



SCOSA Held Another Successful Aging Festival Last Spring

350 seniors from Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean Counties attended SCOSA's annual Aging Successfully Festival last May. In addition to over 8 informative and fun sessions and presentations, over 40 exhibitors and vendors provided key information and resources to these seniors. 

Dr. David Burdick, SCOSA director and professor of psychology, observed that in his four decades of work in gerontology, “There did not used to be so many community-based services, and it is so important to connect our older residents with all of these resources to help them continue leading their lives on their terms. That means ‘aging in place’ for many of today’s elders.” 

"The energy just takes you away, " Cindy McNellis, executive director of the Atlantic County Office on Aging, remarked about the vibrant event room.

You can read the full press release HERE.

For more information about SCOSA program, click HERE.

Kimberly Sanchez

Another Winner of the Board of Trustees (BOT) Fellowship for Distinguished Students

Kimberly Sanchez, a senior in Social Work, was another recipient from the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences of the BOT Fellowship for Distinguished Students last spring. The award will support Kimberly's project to create an event for first generation Latino/x students and their families. The event will be designed to help these students get a sense of belonging while at Stockton. The project will also contribute to the university's retention efforts.

For more information and to read about the other BOT Fellowship recipients, click HERE.

Congratulations Kimberly!!

Dr. Hornbeck on 6ABC News

Students in Action

Archaeological Field Methods Students Featured on 6ABC News

6abc News featured Professor Bobbi Hornbeck and her students in yesterday afternoon's daily news (Thursday, June 1, 2023). The 6abc news reporter showed the students and their professor in action, excavating through unexpected historical artifacts found on the property of the Museum of Cape May County.

This was part of  a new archaeology field methods class developed by Dr. Hornbeck to provide students with hands on experience and a peak into the history of south Jersey. The story is embedded below.

Thank you Dr. Hornbeck for putting together this course and for providing students with this great opportunity!

Pictures from the class can be found HERE. 

Students Inducted into Academic Honor Societies

New Students Inducted into Academic Honor Societies, 2022-2023 School Year

School of Social & Behavioral Sciences programs held a number of graduating ceremonies for the 2022-2023 school year and inducted over a hundred students into the following academic honor societies:

Click  HERE for the names of the inductees.

Congratulations to all the inductees!

Damaris Anne

Damaris-Anne Spring Chose Stockton's Sociology & Anthropology Program Over 20 Other Programs 

Stockton Now recently featured Damaris-Anne Spring, a Sociology & Anthropology sophomore and a preceptee of Dr. Christina Jackson. Damaris chose Stockton University over twenty other colleges and universities and walked away from "about 2 million in scholarships". Her decision was the result of the great reviews she heard about Stockton's Sociology & Anthropology (SOAN) program and its enagaging and interactive courses.  “They [her friends in the SOAN program] were telling me all about these courses and how they weren’t just by the book,” Spring said. “They said classes were more discussion-based and places to bounce ideas off of each other...” To read more about Damaris and her future goals, click HERE.

Thank you, Damaris, for choosing Stockton University and the SOAN program! We love having you!


Linda Wharton and Two PreLaw Fund Recipients

Alan F. Arcuri and Linda J. Wharton Pre-Law Fund Award

This spring, two students from the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences received a Pre-Law Fund Award. Madison Giust and Julia Graf, both having a concentration in Pre-Law, were awarded the Alan F. Arcuri and Linda J. Wharton Pre-Law Fund Award to support them in their journey to law school.

The fund was established by Kris Acuri in memory of her late husband and Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Alan F. Arcuri. This spring  the award was renamed to include Dr. Linda J. Wharton, one of SOBL's Political Sciences professors and a Pre-Law Advisor. 

Click Here to learn more.

Congratualtions Madison and Julia!


Students, Faculty and SOBL Dean
SOBL Faculty-Student Research Showcase

In Line with Dr. Marissa Levy's committment to providing SOBL students with opportunities to develop and showcase advanced research skills, the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences sponsored nine faculty-student research projects in Spring 2023. The program allowed students and faculty to work together throughout the semester on top-level research projects and share the results with the campus community at the SOBL Student-Faculty Research Showcase last April on the Galloway Campus.

The William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy published the posters on its Student Research Webpage. The webpage includes video interviews that the Hughes Center staff conducted with the student researchers and their faculty advisors regarding their projects.

Click HERE ot access the SOBL Faculty-Student Research Showcase Webpage

Click HERE to learn more about the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy, its vision, mission and initiatives.

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Psychological Strength Associated with Use of Classical Psychedelics

A recent study conducted at Stockton University showed that classical psychedelics can have very positive effects on the psychological strengths and resilience of people. The study was led  by researchers Trey Brasher, PhD (University of Califonia, Davis), Marcello Spinella, PhD ( Stockton University, SOBL) and David S. Rosen, PhD ( Stockton University, SOBL).

Click HERE for more details.


Dr. Burdick

Psychology Alum Naming Students' Lab Research Award After Dr. David Burdick 

Dr. Sean Mullen, Associate Professor at the University of Illinois and a SOBL Psychology Alum, named students Lab Rserach award after his " Academic Giants", Dr, Burdick being one of them. Sean won the Psychology Program Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016 and did his Psychology Distinction Project in 2022 under Dr. Burdick's supervision and mentorship.

The required qualifications to be awarded the David Burdick  student research award is to for the work and the students to represent some of his core values and attributes: 

D for Dignified; A for Adept; V for Virtuous; I for Impeccable; 

D for Dutiful

For more information, click HERE.

Dr. Mullen's announcement of this year's awardees can be found on his LinkedIn's page.


Criminal Justice Earned the ACJS Endorsement for Academic Excellence

Stockton University's undergraduate Criminal Justice Program has earned the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) endorsment for academic excellence. It is the the FIRST in THE NATION to receive this designation of academic quality.

Since the program met 96% of the ACJS Academic Quality Standards, it is deemed to have "exceeded" the standards needed to earn the ACJS Endorsement. For more information about the ACJS Academic Quality Standards, click HERE.

CONGRATULATIONS to Stockton's Criminal Justice program leadership, faculty, staff and students on this impressive achievement and great honor!

Jessie Nash

A New Winner of the Board of Trustees (BOT) Fellowship for Distinguished Students

Jessica Nash, a Bachelor of Science in Social Work student, is one of the winners of this year's BOT Fellowship for distinguished students. Her project encompasses creating an online platform for the Stockton community that will allow students to buy, sell and swap used textbooks. The project will be designed to help cut down costs for Stockton students. Dr. Rachel Kirzner will advise Jessie throughout this project. 

This is the second year in a row that students from the School of Social Services & Behavioral Sciences have received the BOT fellowship. The fall BOT cohort included:

  • Mary Rose Keane, from the dual-degree in Criminal Justice program, and who was advised by Dr. Kimberly Schanz
  • Stephanie Kusi Bamfo, from the social work program, and who was advised by Dr. Lisa Cox

We are so proud of our students' impressive accomplishments, and very appreciative of all our faculty who support them along the way.

For more information about the BOT Fellowships for Distinguished Students, click HERE.

Tina Zapille

National Model United Nations Conference, New York

Stockton University's Model United Nations, the U.S. Teampartcipated in National Model UN (NMUN) conference on April 10-14, 2023, in New York. Dr. Tina Zapille, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Sciene, serves as the program advisor. 

You can watch the participating students in action on Stockton's Instagram account by clicking  Here. 

For more information about Stockton's Model United Nations, click the links below:

Bobbi Hornbeck

Hornbeck Excavation at Local Museum

Dr. Bobbi Hornbeck, Professor of Sociology, brought students enrolled in her Archaeological Field Methods class at Stockton to the Cape May County Museum. Students were able to learn about archaeological excavation techniques on the property. 

More Information: @cmc_museum

Elyssa Smith

Smith Published Article Acknowledged as Top Cited Article of 2021-2022

Elyssa Smith, Assistant Professor of Counseling, was recognized for their published article, A Call for Radical Reflexivity in Counseling Qualitative Research as a top cited article during the 2021-2022 year.

More Information: Wiley Online Library

M. Rodriguez

Rodriguez Quoted in Decolonizing American Spanish

Michael Rodriguez, Professor of Political Science, shares his experience with growing up in Mexican American culture and traditional expectations.

More Information: Book Flyer

Sahin Nusret

Sahin's Procedural Justice Program 

The Enhancing Procedural-Justness of Encounters Through Substantiation (EPJETS), project led by Nusret Sahin, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Manish Madan, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Stockton is set to improve the relationship between police and citizens.  

More Information: Stockton News

Carlee Bellapigna & Professor Zornita Kalibatseva

M.A. in Counseling Student Distinction Project Published in AIMS Public Health

Carlee Bellapigna, a graduate student in Stockton’s M.A. in Counseling program, published distinction project in AIMS Public Health. Carlee and co-author Zornitsa Kalibatseva, Associate Professor of Psychology, discussed the risk factors of COVID-19 and the implications on one's physical and mental health.

More Information: AIMS Press

Mariam Majd at Stockton Maple Project

Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Stockton Maple Project

Faculty and students participated in the Stockton Maple Project to educate about maple syrup extraction and production.

More Information:The Press of Atlantic City

Kramer Hall  on Day of Service

Stockton's Kramer Hall Featured in Hammonton Gazette

Christina Birchler and Nick Zebrowski led Kramer Hall's Day of Service event in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Stockton students and South Jersey residents were able to take part in activities such as upcycling T-shirts to make into reusable bags and giving back to the community.

More Information: Hammonton Gazette


MSW Student Wins Scholarship

Melissa Dreby, a student in Stockton's Master of Social Work program, was awarded one of 5 student scholarships from the Harriet Bloomfield Scholarship Committee, National Association of Social Workers - New Jersey (NASW-NJ).

More information: the September issue of New Jersey FOCUS (see page 36)

Speakers Bureau - William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy | Stockton  University

Abernathy Leads Stockton Votes Seminar

Claire Abernathy, Associate Professor of Political Science and American Politics, leads seminar to discuss voting rights for first year students. Stockton students shared their reflections on voting rights and beliefs.

More Information: The Press of Atlantic City

Evening of Excellence

SOAN Alumni Won 10 in 10 Black Excellence Awards at Stockton

Kiera Williams '22, Sociology and Anthropology major, was one of ten students highlighted to receive the ten within ten awards for making a positive impact and exceptional achievements at Stockton University.

More Information: Stockton News

Linda Wharton, J.D.

Wharton Publishes Article in New Jersey Lawyer Magazine

Linda Wharton, Professor of Political Science publishes,"How New Jersey Protects 
Access to Abortion in the Aftermath of Dobbs."

More Information: Stockton News

Dressendofer award

POLS Major Receives Special Recognition for Internship Performance

Ava Dressendofer, Political Science major in the Pre-Law concentration, was named top sales intern in for Summer 2021, as well as "Rookie of the Year" for the New Jersey territory by Aflac Insurance for her outstanding performance during her internship.

More info: Stockton News

Director Murphy

CRIM Hosts U.S. Secret Service Director

James M. Murray, Director of the United States Secret Service, visited Stockton's Galloway campus recently to give a presentation on career success in criminal justice as part of the Criminal Justice Lecture Series.  In addition to Director Murray's presentation, Secret Service agents spoke with students about career opportunites.

More info: Stockton News


MSW Alliance Facilitates Donations to AC Rescue Mission

Students from Stockton's Master of Social Work (MSW) Alliance and Student Success Scholars Program collected and donated care packages containing essential items to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.

More info: Press of Atlantic City

Guia Calicdan-Apostle

Calicdan-Apostle named Global Scholar

Guia Calicdan-Apostle, Associate Professor of Social Work, was among 12 educators named, "Scholars in Global & Intercultural Competence" by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  Professor Calicdan-Apostle was chosen out of 76 applicants from accredited social work schools in the U.S.  Ultimately, 12 faculty members from 12 schools were selected by the Diversity Center of the CSWE and the Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education.

Nusret Sahin

Sahin Awarded DOJ Grant for Police Reform Research

Nusret Sahin, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, is the principal investigator of the grant-funded study.  In cooperation with the Atlantic City and Pleasantville police departments, Sahin and his team of researchers will study the implementation of procedural justice practices, combined with the use of body-worn-cameras, in interactions between police, drivers, and pedestrians during traffic stops.  For more details, please check out the article from the Press of Atlantic City.

Ethan Levine w/ Aly Raisman

Levine Appears in Aly Raisman Documentary

Ethan Levine, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, recently took part in Aly Raisman: Darkness to Light, a documentary led by Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman. It aired Friday, September 24th on Lifetime.  Check out the trailer on YouTube

Dave Burdick

Burdick, SCOSA, Featured in Article on Childless Elders

Dave Burdick, Professor of Psychology and Director, Stockton Center on Successful Aging, was interviewed for an article in New Jersey Monitor, "As more people grow old without children, advocates demand a stronger safety net," by Dana DiFilippo.

Nazia Kazi

Kazi Publishes Piece on 9/11 in The Nib

Nazia Kazi, Associate Professor of Anthropology, along with cartoonist and illustrator Anuj Shrestha, published "What We Forget" at The Nib.  Check it out Here

Crown: Medusa

Jackson Honored in Philly Mural

Christina Jackson, Associate Professor of Sociology, was one of several BIPOC activists honored by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program's Crown Project. Professor Jackson appears in the mural Crown: Medusa.

Ramya Vijaya

Vijaya Article, BBC Interview

Ramya Vijaya, Professor of Economics, recently wrote an article for The Conversation, titled, "Credit ratings are punishing poorer countries for investing more in health care during the pandemic."  Professor Vijaya discussed her work on an episode of BBC Money Daily.

Jessica DickensonEthan Levine

Dickenson and Levine Present Research at Conference

Jessica Dickenson, a MACJ student, worked on research with Dr. Ethan Levine, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.  Their research draws upon feminist science studies and aims to understand the social processes behind, and social consequences of various perspectives on interpersonal violence.  This summer, Jess took the lead on presenting their work at the American Sociological Association conference.  Dr. Levine said that “Jess did an absolutely fantastic job! She rose to that challenge. Her presentation was clear and engaging. She was thoughtful and professional during the Q&A. The audience seemed very receptive to our analysis of varying conceptualizations of intimate partner violence in research, healthcare, and advocacy. Our next step will be to compose a manuscript for submission to the Journal of Applied Social Science. Jess will serve as second author on that paper.” Jessica and Dr. Levine were able to work together because of the graduate assistantship program.


Nusret Sahin

Sahin's Body-cam Research Highlighted

Research on police body-worn cameras by Nusret Sahin, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, and his co-authors, was highlighted in an article on  Professor Sahin's research was also featured in a recent issue of Stockton News.  The research paper, "Body-Worn Cameras and Adjudication of Citizen Complaints of Police Misconduct," was published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Bill McKnight

McKnight Interviewed for Press of AC articles

William McKnight, Teaching Specialist in Criminal Justice, recently appeared in two articles in the Press of Atlantic City dealing with juvenile justice issues faced by shore towns this summer:

Youth disruptions at shore fueled by pandemic and NJ blocking enforcement

Shore towns seeing rash of rowdy youths, and many blame state's approach


McKnight interviewed for Press of AC article

Instructor of Criminal Justice William McKnight was interviewed for an article in the Press of Atlantic City on a recent mass shooting.  Click Here for the article.


2021 Alan Arcuri Pre-Law Fund awards

Six Stockton students received the awards, named for former Political Science professor and Pre-Law advisor Alan Arcuri.

Click here for details

Procedural Justice Training

CRIM professors continue procedural justice training with local law enforcement

Faculty members Nusret Sahin, Jess Bonnan-White, and William McKnight recently conducted a training session with Atlantic City Police and the Pleasantville Police Department.

Click for more info

Janice Joseph

Dr. Janice Joseph honored for her work with the United Nations

Janice Joseph, Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice, received the Award for Outstanding Service as the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), Non-Governmental Organization Representative to the United Nations.  Click Here for a list of some of her accomplishments thoughout her years of service as a representative to the U.N.

Stockton News article


Rosen publishes new research

David Rosen, Affiliated Research Faculty, published "What to Expect When the Unexpected Becomes Expected: Harmonic Surprise and Preference Over Time in Popular Music," in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Kimberley Schanz

Schanz appears on financial crime podcast

Kimberley Schanz, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, recently joined the "Let's Talk FinCrime" podcast for an episode celebrating Women's History Month.  Please follow the link below for details and to access the podcast:

Heather Width-Sysol

Width-Sysol highlighted by State Police

Sgt. First Class Heather Width-Sysol, Adjunct Faculty in Criminal Justice, was highlighted by the New Jersey State Police in recognition of Women's History Month.  Please click the link below to watch the video:

Ethan Levine

Levine publishes new book

Rape by the Numbers: Producing & Contesting Scientific Knowledge about Sexual Violence, by Ethan Levine, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, will be available from Rutgers University Press in September 2021.

[Book Flyer]

Sandoval & Sochocky

MSW students among attendees at march

MSW students Erin Sochocky and Melissa Sandoval were among many who participated in the February 27th march and rally for Black History Month at the Galloway Campus.  Erin and Melissa attended as part of their final project for the Advanced Advocacy and Policy course taught by Robin Hernandez-Mekonnen, Associate Professor of Social Work.

More information on the event:

The Press of Atlantic City (article and photo gallery)

Stockton News (with link to flickr gallery)

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Stockton Mock Trial Team competes in regional competition, wins awards

From Kimberley Schanz, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Mock Trial Team faculty advisor:

"The Mock Trial team competed (virtually) in the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Regional Competition for the fifth time since the club's initiation at Stockton. This year, under the coaching of Anne Crater (Investigator, Office for Equal Opportunity and Institutional Compliance) and the leadership of Club President, Annalise Catherine, they argued both the prosecution and defense sides of a civil mock trial case against teams from University of North Alabama, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, University of Illinois, Springfield, and Scripps College. Two team members won Outstanding Attorney awards:  Annalise Catherine ('22, Criminal Justice major) and Patrick Kelleher (’22, Literature major). Twelve competitors were awarded Outstanding Attorney; Annalise was tied for the second rank and Patrick was tied for third. Additionally, the team itself won the “Spirit of AMTA Award”, which recognizes the team that best exemplifies AMTA’s ideals—civility, justice, and fair play. They are voted to this award by their opposing teams  based on their demeanor in competition. Both Anne and I are extremely proud of their performance this past weekend, particularly since, given the longer Winter Break and an earlier competition date, the team had less time than normal to prepare for the competition. The team is looking forward to continuing to compete and improve their standings in the coming years."

Click Here for Tournament Results


Figart receives top award from economics association

At the American Economic Association Annual Meeting (virtual this year), Deb Figart, Distinguished Professor of Economics, received the Veblen-Commons Award from the Association for Evolutionary Economics. Awarded since 1969, the award is named for two key founders of original institutional economics, Thorstein Veblen and John R. Commons. It is given in recognition of the contributions made by an outstanding scholar in the field of evolutionary institutional economics. Deb is the fourth person gendered female to receive the Veblen-Commons recognition.

As part of the award presentation during the conference, Deb presented an address titled “Good Work.” Her address examined public policies that can foster progressive institutional change in response to neoliberalism and the rise of the gig economy. The aim of these institutional changes is to promote “good work,” including in workplaces, homes, and communities. Much of her talk focused on policies to support unpaid caring labor, enhance capabilities, and reinforce social responsibility for provisioning. A longer paper based on Deb’s address will appear in the June 2021 Journal of Economic Issues.




Ramya Vijaya, Professor of Economics:


Nusret Sahin, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice is instrumental in the adoption of a policy called procedural justice. Read how the former head of the Turkish National Police emphasizes communication, trust and mutual respect during interactions and Innovative Approaches


William McKnight, Teaching Specialist kicked off the procedural justice training for the Atlantic City Police Department.

Press of AC - ACPD Procedural Justice Training


Deb Figart, Distinguished Professor of Economics shares her thoughts on why Atlantic County Employment has been devastated by the pandemic. Read her remarks in the Press of Atlantic City


The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences would like to congratulate Professor Emerita, Diane Falk on winning the NASW - NJ Lifetime Achievement Award.

In retirement Dr. Falk continues to set high standards

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Robin Hernandez-Mekonnen, Associate Professor of Social Work, Jack Lewis, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Dawn Konrady, Director of the Child Welfare Education Institute (CWEI), and Stockton MSW student Melissa Sandoval conducted a workshop on The Legalization of Marijuana and the Implications for Child Welfare, presented virtually at the 66th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

 *Use the link to watch the presentation.         


Heather Swenson-Brilla, Sociology adjunct collaborated with students in New Zealand. Students connected to discuss social and cultural constructs. 

A study exchange without travel


Dr. Nusret Sahin, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice oversees the operational policy called Procedural Justice at Stockton University in collaboration with the AC Police Department.

AC Press - Change in Policing



Dr. Claire Abernathy, Assistant Professor of Political Science gives history and clarification on the importance of the electoral college. Read about her front page comments the process that determines the next president and vice president.

Electoral College has big role to play-AC Press


Dr. Deb Figart, Distinguished Professor of Economics testified at a committee on finance for the Philadelphia City Council concerning the feasibility and impact of a proposed public bank in the City of Philadelphia. A move that will hopefully be duplicated in New Jersey.



Dr. Sara Martino, Professor of Psychology and the Counseling program receives the NBCC grant to assist with the CACREP accreditation. Stockton University is one of three universities to receive this award.  NBCC is committed to maintaining high standards for education and supports programs obtaining such an important accreditation.

Stockton University is a 2020-21 CACREP Grant Recipient


Dr. Michael Rodriguez, Professor of Political Sciences paves the way for Stockton students to make an impact in our community.

Political Science major and summer research intern, Garrett Bolton found that economic conditions following the lockdown caused by the pandemic has moved Atlantic County's food insecurity into a crisis. Stockton Student Research Shows Impact of Pandemic on Atlantic Co. Food Insecurity



Dr. Diane Falk, retired Professor of Social Work, published an article about the MCWEP program. MCWEP graduates contributed to this study through graduate surveys completed over the years after working in the field and completing this program.

Child welfare supervisors empowered through MSW education: graduates of a statewide title IV-E MSW program for public child welfare supervisors describe their learning 


Dr. Janice Joseph, Professor of Criminal Justice, is the lead editor for an internationally edited book on Victimology. The book of provides an in-depth international perspective and interdisciplinary nature of Victimology. 

An International Perspective on Contemporary Developments in Victimology


Dr. Linda Wharton, Professor of Political Science was instrumental in bringing the "Rightfully Hers" exhibit to Stockton University.

"Rightfully Hers", a women's suffrage exhibit


Dr. Christine Tartaro and Dr. Josh Duntley, Professors of Criminal Justice takes CSI Camp online.

CSI Camp is online


Dr. Jessica Fleck, Professor of Psychology, expert in neuroscience and neuropsychology conducts a four session course on the brain.

Learn how the brain works

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Dr. Christina Jackson and Dr. Nazia Kazi, Associate Professors in Sociology will participate as panelists for a discussion about the Black Lives Matter movement and the role of police on university campuses and schools.

What does it mean to Decarcerate Campus?


Dr. Oliver Cooke, Associate Professor of Economics presented at the Cape May Chamber of Commerce remotely on July 17th. His presentation highlighted positive and negative aspects to the local economy and what could be done to assist small and seasonal businesses through the pandemic.

Cape May County Herald - Economic advice for Cape May


Dr. Linda Wharton, Professor of Political Science announced the names of the recipients of the Alan F. Arcuri Pre-Law Fund Awards for 2020. The diverse and hard-working recipients is a testament to Dr. Arcuri's legacy. "Alan was always available to help promising students, and we are thrilled to be able to continue that tradition in his memory", Wharton said. 

Six Receive Alan F. Arcuri Pre-Law Awards


Dr. Dawn Konrady, Director of the Child Welfare Education Institute was instrumental in setting up the summer social work CEU series. Use the link to view courses being offered in July and August. Discounted pricing available for Stockton Affiliates, alumni and field instructors.

Summer SOWK Professional Development Courses

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Dr. Loretta Mooney, and Dr. Kathryn Brzozowski, Assistant Professors of Social Work have put together a sentimental virtual graduation to recognize the accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate SOWK students. It is an opportunity to honor the students perseverance to make it to the finish line in the midst of a global pandemic. On behalf of the Dean and SOBL staff CONGRATULATIONS!

SOWK Virtual Graduation   


Dr. Michael Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Political Science and Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt, Distinguished Professor of Social Work and Africana Studies released a book entitled Race and Identity in Hispanic America: The White, the Black and the Brown. The book offers a historical and comparative overview of the evolution of racial classifications in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Race and Identity in Hispanic America: The White, the Black, and the Brown


Dr. Claire Abernathy, Assistant Professor is helping to bridge the technological gap between Congress and constituents by hosting online town hall meetings focused on COVID-19. "Congress as an institution remains very much behind the times in its uses of technology" - Abernathy

Connecting congress and constituents


Dr. Zori Kalibatseva, Assistant Professor of Psychology shared a research study on the effects of COVID-19 on student mental health. The COVID-19 student survey distributed by Active Minds shares demographics by the degree being sought.

COVID-19: Student Survey - Active Minds


Dr. Jess Bonnan-White, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice was awarded the International Peace Research Association Foundation (IPRA) Grant for creating change by exploring the role of policing in post conflict community peace.

Jess Bonnan-White - IPRA Foundation


Dr. Nusret Sahin, Assistant Professor, Prof. William McKnight, Instructor and Dr. Jess Bonnan-White, Associate Professor, completed their first procedural justice training session for local police officers in March.

Procedural Justice Training


Dr. Lisa Cox, Professor of Social Work and Gerontology, was interviewed for an article on managing loneliness published by the New York Times. Dr. Cox provides useful tips for practicing self-care during low times.

NYT - How to Manage Your Loneliness


Dr. Oliver Cooke, Associate Professor of Economics, wrote a review of South Jersey's economy and estimated impact of COVID-19 pandemic. 

South Jersey Economic Review


Dr. Ramya Vijaya, Professor of Economics, wrote an interesting article on the dangers of expanding state powers:

Coronavirus versus democracy: 5 countries where emergency powers risk abuse

Dr. Vijaya also studied transport inequality in the U.S. and long term survival of large metro systems without sustained financial support:

Coronavirus lockdowns are pushing mass transit systems to the brink and low income riders will pay the price


Dr. Christine Gayda-Chelder, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and the Stockton Gerontology Program reach out to Older Adults. 

Stockton Gerontology Program fills mailbox with birthday wishes


Dr. Jess Bonnan-White, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, receives recognition for her energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the Red Cross, Armed Services and community.


New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, spoke on March 3rd about the challenges and rewards of being a law enforcement officer; Visionary Leadership on Policing Issues. Col. Callahan's lecture included the five C's that guide his work ethics: Communication, Candor, Character, Constancy and Caring. Use the link to read further about "Humanizing the Badge".


Dr. Manish Madan, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, has written four articles on the political climate in India, Delhi violence, Modi-Trump dependency and supremacy in India.


Dr. Oliver Cooke, Associate Professor of Economics speaks to the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce - Job growth, housing prices and the rising minimum wage. Cooke delivers economic outlook to chamber


Dr. Nazia Kazi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology speaks about Islamophobia in U.S. foreign policy.

Islamophobia Permeates Foreign Policy


Dr. Christina Jackson, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Co-Author of Black in America held a book talk on being Black in America and the quintessential paradox.

Black in America - Event Flyer


Dr. James Avery, Associate Professor of Political Science conducted research on the immigration policies of Republicans and Democrats: Republican legislators with more Latinos in their districts are more likely to vote to restrict immigration

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Dr. Christina Jackson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, co-authored Black in America: The Paradox of the Color Line with Enobong Hannah Branch.  

This book provides a sociology of the Black American experience. To be Black in America is to exist amongst myriad contradictions: racial progress and regression, abject poverty amidst profound wealth, discriminatory policing yet equal protection under the law. This book explores these contradictions in the context of residential segregation, labor market experiences, and the criminal justice system, among other topics, highlighting the historical processes and contemporary social arrangements that simultaneously reinforce race and racism, necessitating resistance in post-civil rights America.

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Arleen Caballero Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, was the Faculty recipient of the MLK Day of Service Community Engagement Award


Dr. Kaite Yang, Assistant Professor of Psychology submitted - Girls and Women in STEM: A Review of Interventions and Lifespan Developmental Considerations for Increasing Girls' and Women's Participation in STEM

This report was prepared for the U.S. Department of State, Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs “Who Run the World? Girls (& Women) in STEM” Diplomacy Lab project.

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Assistant Professor of Political Science, Dr. Claire Abernathy and her "President and Congress" students met with U.S. Rep Frank LoBiondo to prepare the LoBiondo exhibit at Stockton University.

Grad Symposium Fac and Students 2019

Stockton hosted its semi-annual Graduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. 

Several graduate students in the MA in Criminal Justice program and two students in the Master's in Social Work program presented faculty-led research projects from this semester.  Rosheka Faulkner won best poster for her project "Sexual Victimization among College Students - Psychological and Institutional Barriers to Reporting: Mixed-Methods Study" with Dr. Manish Madan.  Photos here.


Dr. Deborah Figart, Distinguished Professor of Economics, discusses the income disparities by generation in the Press of Atlantic City article, "Thrift stores continue to thrive amid chain store closings."


Dr. Kaite Yang, Assistant Professor of Psychology provided academic consultation for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

APEC Women in STEM Principles and Actions


Gina Maguire, professional services specialist at Stockton Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA) and adjunct professor of Gerontology, presented “Creative Engagement in Dementia Care: Positive & Strength-Based Approaches” alongside Jodie Berman on Nov. 7 at the 10th annual Expressive Therapies Summit at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Maguire’s session was a six-hour master class and highlighted TimeSlips, a creative means of engaging older adults with dementia in a meaningful storytelling activity. Earlier this semester, SCOSA was announced as a partner in the TimeSlips NextGen project.  


Dr. Nazia Kazi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology offers insight in to American ideology. 


Dr. Nazia Kazi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology speaks to Sacramento State students about Islamophobia.


From Huffington Post:

For Free Public Transport For Women To Work, It Also Must Be Safe

Manish Madan, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice


Professor Arleen Gonzalez presents her research on Title IX of the Bankruptcy Code and Colonialism at the 2019 BAASANA International Conference at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

Arleen Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice




Dr. David Burdick received the 2019 Clark Tibbitts Award from the Gerontological Society of America

Burdick Serves as the Director of Stockton’s Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA) and recently spearheaded the University’s efforts to join the Age-Friendly University Global Network.  The press release can be found here


Dr. John White was interviewed for the podcast Real Crime Profile episodes 199 and 200 for his work on the show Mindhunter


Dr. Claire Abernathy shares Stockton’s report from the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE) that presents voting data among Stockton students in 2018.This report provides information about Stockton students’ registration and turnout rates in both the 2014 and 2018 midterm elections.You can view the full report here, which shows both voter registration and turnout increasing substantially among Stockton students in 2018. 


Dr. Nazia Kazi's book Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics was featured in the New Book Network


Dr. Michael Rodriguez presented the Meaning of Internships at the Global Internship Conference in Auckland, New Zealand in July 2019.


SFT Adjunct member, Heather Width-Sysol received the 2019 Chief Harry Wilde Academic Achievement Award from the New Jersey State Association of Police Chiefs.

She ranked first in her Command and Leadership Academy. The award was presented by her Lead Instructor, Bill McKnight, SOBL Criminal Justice Visiting Instructor and SFT member.


Dr. Theodore Alter is featured in the National Association of Social Workers-NJ Membership Video (minute 1:55) presenting at the NASW-NJ Conference in April, 2019.