I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, teaching courses in Investigations, Criminal Justice Theory, Ethics, Introduction to Law Enforcement, Introduction to Criminal Justice, and other subjects as assigned. I am also the Director of the Department's Graduate Program. I am responsible for facilitating Graduate admissions and readmissions, advising Master's students, arranging for graduate assistantships and participating in all aspects of student's advancement to graduation. I also serve as the Department representative on the NCCU College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Graduate Council.
I am a retired criminal investigator and a graduate of the Developmental Psychology program at UNC-CH, where I was a doctoral student at the Center for Developmental Science. I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at NCCU. My research interests generally are in the behavioral characteristics and social inclusion of deviant youth and special populations. My research has focused on social networks and peer relations among children in late childhood and adolescence, with particular attention to deviant friendships and gang affiliations. I have an ongoing interest in the use of person-oriented analytic procedures to explore developmental pathways in adolescence and early adulthood.