Expertise and research focus on family violence, including its social and legal ramifications. Books include "Child Maltreatment: Emerging Perspective" and "Child Protective Services: Discretion, Decisions and Dilemmas." Published papers focus on child abuse and neglect, reporting child maltreatment, youth services, and battered women and shelters.
Spent 26 years as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he provided training and advice about hostage negotiation, terrorism, sex crimes, homicide, and criminal personality profiling to local and state law enforcement agencies. Special areas of expertise also include leadership, team building, conflict management and organizational behavior. Is co-author of a book, "Managing Violence in the Workplace."
Is an expert on domestic violence and victim resources. Studies violence against women here and in other countries. Has written on white-collar crime, jury studies, law and justice, sentencing and punishment, and the perception of race and gender differences in sentencing.
Is expert on deviance and social control, criminology and delinquency, and social psychology. Research projects focus on how social workers interact with their clients and make decisions about them. Has expertise in human interaction, such as conversations and face-to-face interaction. Also studies the cultural image of homelessness, based on analysis of newspaper articles.
Areas of specialization include crime, law and deviance; social psychology; and sociological theory. Also has expertise in race, ethnicity and crime; qualitative data analysis; and social movements. Spent six years researching sentencing for the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing and assisted in the evaluation of sentencing guidelines. Says research shows little evidence to support stiffer penalties in general and lists three factors in deterring crime: speed, certainty and severity of sentencing.
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