College of Criminal Justice Graduates Three Ph.D.s

Drs. George Day, Michelle Richter and Nhatthien Nguyen
Drs. George Day (l to r)), Michelle Richter and Nhatthien Nguyen

Three Ph.D. students graduated from Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice in December.

Drs. George James Day II, Nhatthien Quang Nguyen and Michelle Yvette Richter were among 1,400 students awarded undergraduate and graduate degrees from SHSU during winter ceremonies held at the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum on Dec. 18.

Day, an Assistant Professor at East Texas Baptist University, did his dissertation on “Family Time Behind Bars: The Effect of Visitation on Institutional Misconduct and Recidivism among Juvenile Offenders.” His Dissertation Committee included Drs. Yan Zhang and Melissa Tackett-Gibson and was chaired by Dr. Hee Jong Joo.

Nguyen’s dissertation was on “Assessment of Impact Factors on Crimes through the Use of Real-Time Crime Analysis.” He is a Sergeant in the Houston Police Department and has been with the department since 1992. His Dissertation Committee included Drs. Jerry Dowling, Randall Garner, Steven Cuvelier, and James Phelps (outside reader) and was chaired by Dr. Larry T. Hoover.

Finally, Richter did her dissertation on “Police Response to Persons with Mental Illness by Census Tract Characteristics.” She has been an Assistant Professor at St. Edwards University, School of Behavoral and Social Sciences -- Criminology, Criminal Justice and Forensic Science, for several years. Her Dissertation Committee, also chaired by Dr. Hoover, included Drs. Zhang and Dowling.

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