Criminal Justice News

Temple University’s Department of Criminal Justice is nationally recognized for its groundbreaking research and for being one of the nation’s top programs in the field. Temple has our enthusiastic students, successful alumni and exacting faculty to thank for making the department what it is, and we’re keeping the focus on them by highlighting their outstanding accomplishments and current happenings here. The wide breadth of law enforcement career opportunities available to alumni opens them to diverse paths. Meanwhile, the evolving needs of the criminal justice system and its place in society presents faculty with a range of research possibilities. Read student, alumni and faculty stories below and please contact us if you have a story of your own you think we should tell.

The Criminal Justice Department is very excited to announce that graduate students, Trinh Nguyen and Rachel Bleiman are co-authors with Dr. Rege on the forthcoming paper "A social engineering awareness and training workshop for STEM students and practitioners". The paper has been accepted for publication at the 10th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC) to be held at Princeton University.

The Criminal Justice Department is very excited to announce that Alyssa Mendlein and Trinh Nguyen are co-authors with Dr. Rege on the forthcoming paper "Cybersecurity Awareness and Training Through a Multidisciplinary OSINT Course Project".

image of alumna Laina Stevens

Laina Stevens, CLA ’04, became the first black woman to be promoted to a position of rank at the nearby Upper Darby Police Department last October. As Black History Month is about to end and Women’s History Month is about to begin, the College of Liberal Arts proudly celebrates her achievement.

On Tuesday, February 20, 2020, Dr. Caterina Roman testified before Philadelphia City Council on solutions to overcoming barriers to victim services for those injured in street assaults in Philadelphia. She reported on the early findings from her study that examined help-seeking behavior by individuals represented in the victim-offender overlap.


Dr. Belenko and Dr. Roman were recently featured in The Temple News for the research on opioid treatment options on people who were incarcerated and are at risk for relapse. As part of the research, people who were incarcerated and live in North Philadelphia will be linked with Temple's Recovery Utilizing Scientific Treatment Clinic to receive treatment, while those in West Philadelphia will be offered preexisting treatment options and reentry services in the area.