Dr. Mary Brewster

  • Title: Professor; Department Chairperson
  • Location: 508 BPM Center
  • Email: MBrewster@wcupa.edu
  • Phone: 610-436-2630


Before joining the faculty of West Chester University, Dr. Brewster taught at Hartwick College, the State University of New York-Morrisville, and Kutztown University. She has taught in the graduate and undergraduate criminal justice programs since 1993, and served as the coordinator of the graduate criminal justice program at WCU for two decades. Dr. Brewster has also served as a trainer for the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA).

Dr. Brewster has authored several articles in journals such as Criminal Justice Policy Review, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Journal of Drug Issues, Journal of Family Violence, Victims and Offenders, Violence and Victims, Prison Journal, and Women and Criminal Justice. Additionally, she has authored dozens of book reviews, research reviews, encyclopedia entries, and book chapters, and has been a contributing editor of Criminal Justice Research Review, associate editor of a criminal justice encyclopedia, editor of the book Stalking: Psychology, Risk Factors, Interventions, and Law, co-editor of two editions of Animal Cruelty: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding, co-editor of Pennsylvania's Criminal Justice System, and a reviewer for several scholarly journals.

Dr. Brewster works with various community agencies, and has evaluated drug court, mental health court, alcohol prevention, community policing, and other programs in the region. She has served as Principal Investigator on a National Institute of Justice grant and has worked on numerous other grant-supported research projects. Her research interests include domestic violence and stalking, corrections, specialized courts, and drug and alcohol prevention.


  • M.A., Fordham University
  • Ph.D. Rutgers University

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