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Melissa L. Ricketts, Ph.D.

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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  


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.

Contact the Criminal Justice Department 321 Shippen Hall, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1558 Fax: (717) 477-4087