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Melissa L. Ricketts, Ph.D.  
Chair, Criminal Justice Department
Professor of Criminal Justice  

Education:
PhD: Indiana University of Pennsylvania 
MS: Indiana University of Pennsylvania 

Teaching Interests: Survey of Corrections; Domestic Violence 

Research Interests: Fear of Crime; School Violence; Cybercrime; Prescription Drug Abuse  

Selected Publications/Research: 
Becoming someone new: Identity theft behaviors by high school students (2015). Journal of Financial Crime, 22(3).

 

Texting and social networks.(2014). Social Networking as a Criminal Enterprise, 49.

 

Addicted to pillaging in cyberspace: Investigating the role of internet addiction in digital piracy (2014). Computers in Human Behavior, 37, 101-106.

 

Why Did You Become a Criminal Justice Professor: 
I became a criminal justice professor because I wanted to work with students who often see the world for all its possibilities.  I enjoy nurturing the intellectual spirit in our students and watching them take hold of that spirit and grow with it.  I also enjoy educating people about the topics that I am most passionate about - both inside the classroom and through my extensive research.