Dr. Jane M. Tucker
- Title: Associate Professor
- Location: 513 BPM Center
- Email: JTucker@wcupa.edu
- Phone: 610-436-2638
Dr. Tucker joined the West Chester University Criminal Justice Department in 2011. Prior to joining the faculty WCU, Dr. Tucker taught criminal justice courses at both Kutztown University and at Temple University. Her practical criminal justice experience includes several years in private security followed by approximately 14 years of service as a law enforcement officer in both municipal and university settings. The majority of those years were spent as a police officer with the Lower Merion Township Police Department in Pennsylvania, where she was trained in wide variety of specialty law enforcement topics and skills, including crime prevention, community policing, domestic violence, child abuse investigation, fatal traffic accident investigation, and hate crimes investigation. Additionally, Dr. Tucker served as a platoon investigator and a field training officer (FTO).
Dr. Tucker’s dissertation concerned the factors that influence officer willingness to use stress intervention services. She continues to be involved in research on police stress issues and serves on a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team as a peer provider. Dr. Tucker has been published in the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Reslience, Victims and Offenders, and the Journal of Criminal Justice Education. Additionally, she has authored a number of encyclopedia entries and a book chapter, and has served as a reviewer for Sage Publications, the Journal of Criminal Justice, Police Quarterly, and the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. Her research interests are police stress, police organizational behavior, criminal justice policy, discretion, and victimization.
Dr. Tucker is currently a faculty advisor to the Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma), Nu Beta Chapter and runs a group called TEAMfit. She has also served as both Practicum Coordinator and Graduate Coordinator for the Criminal Justice Department.
- M.S., West Chester University
- Ph.D., Temple University