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Criminal Justice

Dr. Sami Abdel-Salam

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Business and Public Management Center
Third Floor
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383



Name: Dr. Evan Leach
Position: Interim Dean

Name: Dr. Lisa M. Calvano
Position: Interim Associate Dean

Name: Dr. Lori Fuller
Position: Faculty Associate to the Dean

Name: Kathy Koval
Position: Assistant Dean, Director of Business and Public Management Programs

Name: Cindy Cheyney
Position: Assistant Dean

Name: Laurie Christie
Position: Administrative Assistant to the Dean

Name: Danah Allen
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Name: Julie Ferris
Position: Administrative Assistant

Dr. Sami Abdel-Salam


Before joining the Department of Criminal Justice at West Chester University, Dr. Abdel-Salam worked as a Senior Research Associate for the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies at the University of Delaware.  At the Center, he was involved in a national research cooperative funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to improve the implementation of evidence-based practices of substance abuse treatment in prison-based and community correctional settings.  From this research, he has worked directly with state correctional and community treatment agencies in efforts to improve the continuum of care received by offenders.  Additionally, Dr. Abdel-Salam has conducted research on adolescent substance abuse and treatment.  He has authored several articles in journals, such as Substance Use & Misuse, Journal of Drug Issues, Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, and Journal of Substance Use and has presented his findings at national conferences, such as the American Society of Criminology, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Academy and Health Conference on Correctional Health.  As well as conducting research, Dr. Abdel-Salam has spent the last 10 years teaching university students in subjects such as research methods, policing, and race and crime.  His research interests include  juvenile justice, drug and alcohol prevention, corrections, prisoner reentry, and community corrections.


  • Ph.D., Temple University
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