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