College Commencement Includes Officers, Scientists and Ph.D.s

2013 Spring Commencement.
2013 Spring Commencement

Nearly 300 students graduated from the College of Criminal Justice in the Spring of 2013, including seven Ph.D.s, seven from the Master of Forensic Science program, and 11 commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.

Among the Ph.D. graduates are Drs. Milton C. Hill, Yingyos Leechaianan, Matthew C. Matusiak, David A. Rembert, Pierre M. Rivolta, Shawn P. Ryals-Keller, and Andrea J. Weiss.

Graduates and Faculty from the Master of Forensic Science program
Graduates and faculty of the Master of Forensic Science program.
Also graduating this spring is the latest cohort from the Master of Forensic Science Program, including Sarah Bahlmann, Cassandra Campelli, Brittany Disiere, Tiffany McCann, Sarah Sims, and Jesus Zavala. The two-year program, the first of its kind in Texas, trains students in the fields of criminalistics, toxicology, anthropology, crime scene investigation, and DNA analysis.

The criminal justice majors that were commissioned as Second Lieutenants from the SHSU ROTC program were Ross Allen, Jennifer Anderson, Soniel Barbosa, Daniel Bless, Malcolm Clayton, Chance Collard, Ricardo Flores, Colby Morgan, Meghan Purcell, Travis Roland, and Milthon Servin. A total of 18 SHSU students were commissioned as part of the ROTC program.

Members of the Bearkat Battalion commissioned at Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army.
Members of the Bearkat Battalion commissioned at Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army.
Dr. Hill’s dissertation was on “Examining the influence of religious attendance and religiosity on adolescent and adult substance use: A longitudinal study utilizing a national sample.” His committee was chaired by Dr. Scott W. Menard and included Drs. Dennis R. Longmire and Kelly E. Knight. He is an Assistant Professor at Stephen F. Austin State University in the Department of Government.

Dr. Leechaianan’s dissertation was “Public confidence in legal authorities: An analysis of individual-level and country-level variables in an international perspective. His committee included Chair, Dr. Longmire, and members Drs. ” Larry T. Hoover and Mitchel P. Roth. A former Police Captain with the Bangkok Metropolitan Police Bureau, Leechaianan will return to Thailand as an instructor at the Royal Police Cadet Academy in Nakorn Pathom.
Dr. Matusiak’s dissertation was on “The dimensionality and effect of institutional environment upon police leaders.” His committee was chaired Dr. William R. King and included Drs. Hoover, William Wells and Charles M. Katz. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Ph.D. graduates include (l to r) Dr. David Rempert, Shawn Ryals-Keller, Matthew Matusiak, Yingyos Leechaianan, and Pierre Rivolta.
Ph.D. graduates Dr. David Rempert, Shawn Ryals-Keller, Matthew Matusiak, Yingyos Leechaianan, and Pierre Rivolta.
Dr. Rembert’s dissertation was on “The utility of the positive achievement change tool in predicting assault among state committed youths.” His committee was also chaired by Dr. Longmire and included Drs. Steven J. Cuvelier and Howard M. Henderson.

Dr. Rivolta’s dissertation was on “Pretrial diversion for first-time DWI offenders? An Evaluation of the ‘Divert’ Program.” Dr. Janet L. Mulling was his committee chair, with members Dr. Jeffrey A. Bouffard and Victoria B. Titterington. Dr. Rivolta is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Connecticut State University in New Britain.

Dr. Ryals-Keller’s dissertation was on the “Epistatic effects of serotonin transporter (5-HTT) and monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) on antisocial behavior.” The chair of his committee was Dr. Todd A. Armstrong with members Drs. Travis W. Franklin, Leana A. Bouffard and Brian B. Boutwell. Dr. Ryals-Keller is an Assistant Professor with the Division of Justice Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.

Dr. Weiss’ dissertation was “An examination of the effects of military service over the life course on offending behavior and life outcomes.” Her committee was chaired Dr. Menard and included Drs. Hoover and Leana Bouffard.


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