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Merrill Berger

Lecturer, Applied Social Sciences
BA and M.Ed, Boston University; Ph.D University of Southern California; Post-Doctoral Fellowship Training, Harvard Medical School/The Children's Hospital, Boston
Dr. Berger is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, was Chief Forensic Psychologist for the Division of Mental Health Services in New Jersey, and is currently the court psychologist for New Bedford District Court. Her clinical interests include sexual offenders and victims, substance abuse, and prediction of violence. She has worked on a number of critical incident stress management teams and received commendations post 9-11 from the US Customs Service and The State of New Jersey. Dr. Berger teaches Psychological Behavioral Analysis at Metropolitan College.

Robert Cadigan

Associate Professor of Applied Social Sciences
BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; MA, PhD, Boston University.
Dr. Cadigan teaches in the areas of sociology, criminal justice systems, and terrorism. His current research interests include analysis of prison higher education and public perceptions of terrorist threat.  He was formerly Director of the Boston University Prison Education program (2000 – 2011). Before joining the faculty he was Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services where he was active in emergency response education, trauma system development and mass casualty incident response planning. He began his career working on Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) programs in alcohol and drug treatment and in public non-profit programs in community based corrections.

Francis J. Carney, Jr.

Lecturer, Applied Social Sciences
BA, Boston College; MA, Tufts University; PhD, Tufts University.
Dr. Carney has been actively involved in the criminal justice system of Massachusetts for over thirty-five years. Currently the executive director of the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission, Carney’s former positions include director of planning and research for the Massachusetts Department of Correction and executive director of the Massachusetts Criminal History Systems Board. Carney has more than thirty years of teaching experience, including posts at the Boston University School of Social Work and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He teaches courses in subjects such as corrections and youth crime problems.

Kyung-shick Choi

Adjunct Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Cybercrime Program Coordinator
BS, Northeastern University; MS, Boston University; PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
As cybercrime program coordinator at Boston University’s Metropolitan College, Dr. Choi designed and will oversee the master’s concentration and certificate in Cybercrime Investigation and Cybersecurity, offered jointly by the Department of Applied Social Sciences and Department of Computer Science. Choi’s research focuses on the intersection of human behavior and technology—and how criminal justice can respond effectively to the challenges of cybercrime. In 2008, he proposed his Cyber-Routine Activities Theory, which has become a predominant theory on cybercrime and computer crime victimization. Dr. Choi’s work has appeared in numerous criminal justice journals. In 2009, the Korean Institute of Criminology, in cooperation with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), invited Choi to facilitate the UN’s Virtual Forum against Cybercrime (VFAC) as an instructor. He published the books Risk Factors in Computer Crime in 2010 and Cybercriminology and Digital Investigation in October 2015.

Shea W. Cronin

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
BS, Northeastern University; PhD, American University.
Dr. Cronin received his PhD in Justice, Law, and Society from American University, School of Public Affairs. His dissertation research examined political explanations of neighborhood-level arrest rates in an urban police agency. Cronin’s research interests include the administration of criminal justice, communities and crime, policing, and issues of democratic accountability. His research has been published in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, and other academic journals. He teaches in the graduate and undergraduate programs, including courses in criminology, criminal justice, policing, communities sand crime, and analytic methods.

Daniel P. LeClair

Professor and Chair of Applied Social Sciences
BA, University of Rhode Island; MA, Clark University; PhD, Tulane University.
Dr. LeClair oversees the Applied Social Sciences programs in urban affairs, city planning, criminal justice, applied sociology, applied psychology, and prison education. He also directs the online criminal justice program. Previously, LeClair served as director of research at the Massachusetts Department of Correction, and he is currently involved in two research projects addressing addiction recovery and prison reform. LeClair lectures internationally on many topics, including online education, criminal justice, recidivism, rehabilitation, and substance abuse. He teaches victimology, white-collar crime, juvenile delinquency, research methods, and special topics in urban history and development.

Mary Ellen Mastrorilli

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Associate Chair of Applied Sciences
BA, University of Massachusetts, Boston; MPA, Suffolk University; PhD, Northeastern University.
Dr. Mastrorilli’s research interests focus on female offenders, community corrections, and law and society. She holds over twenty-four years of correctional experience in positions ranging from corrections officer to prison administrator. She is the recipient of the Correctional Association of Massachusetts’ Professional Excellence Award, as well as the Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award given by the National Center for Women and Policing. Mastrorilli teaches courses in criminal justice and sociology.

Danielle M. Rousseau

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
BA, University of Vermont; MA, University of Denver; PhD, Northeastern University
Dr. Rousseau received her MA in Clinical Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver and her PhD from Northeastern University in Criminology and Justice Policy and Women’s Studies. For the past decade she has worked in the field of forensic mental health as a therapist in correctional facilities for both men and women as well as in the community doing crisis response and victim services. Most recently, Dr. Rousseau worked in the mental health department of Massachusetts’ correctional facility for women, winning multiple awards from the Massachusetts Department of Correction for her efforts.  Dr. Rousseau’s professional focus has been in trauma services, helping survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Outside of her work in correctional facilities, she has established therapeutic programs for veterans and has traveled to Haiti to work with earthquake survivors. Dr.Rousseau’s research focuses on the areas of sentencing, race and gender disparities in justice, the treatment of women within the criminal justice system, the use of mindfulness techniques for treating trauma, crime and popular media and hate crime. She received the ASC Division of Corrections and Sentencing Student Paper Award as well as the Young Scholars Award from the University at Albany’s Sentencing Symposium. Her work is published in Gender, Race, and Justice, Law and Society Review, The Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Sciences and other academic journals and books. Dr. Rousseau teaches in the Applied Social Sciences program including courses in gender and justice and research methods.