Criminal Justice Department

West Chester University

Criminal Justice Department
200A Ruby Jones Hall
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2647
Mary Brewster, Ph.D., Department Chair

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Andrea Cardamone, J.D.

Harvard Law School
Assistant District Attorney, Chester County District Attorney's Office
Courses Taught: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Jurisprudence, Contemporary Legal Issues

Patrick Carmody, J.D.

George Washington University School of Law
Chief Deputy District Attorney, Chester County District Attorney's Office
Courses Taught:  Criminal Law, Evidence and Trial Advocacy

Carolyn Cass, M.A.

Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, Ph.D. (ABD)

Ball State University, M.A. Sociology
Director, Dept. of Health, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Programs, Harrisburg, PA
Course Taught:  Addiction, Theories of Crime abd Delinquency, Interviewing and Counseling

Shannon Grugan, M.S.

Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, Ph.D. (ABD)

West Chester University of Pennsylvania, M.S. Criminal Justice

Senior Environmental Data and Policy Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton, Philadelphia, PA

Course Taught:  Theories of Crime and Delinquency

Charles (Russ) Handorf, M.S.

Computer Scientist, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Philadelphia, PA

Courses Taught:  Computer Crime, Cyber Crime

Brian Herrick, M.B.A., M.S.

West Chester University, Villanova University
Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Courses Taught:  Cyber Crime, Computer Crime

Russell F. Jones Jr., Ph.D.

Century University, Ph.D. Business Administration

Central Michigan University, M.S. Administration

East Stroudsburg University, B.A. Sociology
Network Director of Protective Services, Albert Einstein Health Care Network
Course Taught:  Private Security

Gerald P. Morano, J.D.

Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law

Assistant District Attorney, Chester County District Attorney's Office, West Chester, PA

Courses Taught:  Criminal Law, Contemporary Legal Issues

Nathan Schenker, J.D.

Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary
First Assistant Public Defender, Office of the Public Defender, Chester County, PA
Courses Taught:  Notable Criminal Cases, Applied Legal Studies.

Dian Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Walden University, Ph.D. Criminology

West Chester University, M.S. Criminal Justice

Dr. Williams joined West Chester University in 1996 with previous experience in nursing (R.N.), nursing administration, addictions, and criminal profiling (particularly in the area of firesetting behavior).  In addition to an R.N., she is a Licensed Nursing Consultant (L.N.C.)  She is the president and and founder of the Center for Arson Research, a criminal profiling company.  She was awarded the honor of appointment as a Distinguished Fellow by the International Association of Forensic Nurses for outstanding contributions to the field.  Dr. Williams lectures extensively at home and abroad on the psychopathology of firesetting, fire bombing and domestic terrorism.  She is also a member of the Association of Criminal Profilers.  She regularly consults with federal, state, and local criminal justice and mental health agencies throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and Sweden and with the Home Office in the United Kingdom as well as Scotland Yard and other policing agencies throughout England.  She has appeared before the U.S. Senate as an expert on juvenile firesetters and violent juvenile offenders. 

She is a full-time tenured member of the Criminal Justice Department faculty at West Chester University.  Dr. Williams wrote a chapter on treatment strategies for firesetters for a forensic textbook published in 2005 and published a textbook entitled “Understanding the arsonist: From assessment to confession” available for sale through her office or Lawyers and Judges Publishing or as an e-book through Amazon. The second edition of the textbook was published in 2013 and focuses on expanded research into firesetting as well as investigative interviewing strategies for arsonists and fire bombers.  She is editor-in-chief of the Forensic Digest and writes articles for it and other scholarly publications.  Dr. Williams is currently working on an ethics workbook for criminal justice and forensic professionals due to be published in 2014.  Her research interests continue to be in the area of firesetting and domestic terrorism.  Her research interests are firesetting behaviors, the connection between serial murder and firesetting, and ethical conduct in professional practices.

Courses Taught:  Ethics for Criminal Justice Professionals, Interviewing and Assessment, Interpersonal Relations, Criminal Profiling, Management and Leadership