Study Examines Neurotransmitters Linked to Aggression and Anti-Social Behavior

Bio-social Research

David Gangitano and two students will spent the summer on a study examining the link between neurotransmitters and aggressive and antisocial behavior.

Sam Houston State University (SHSU) is taking a new multidisciplinary approach to understanding behaviors that contribute to criminal activity and mental health problems.

Intern Follows Calling to Aid Youth in Juvenile Justice

Yahaira Alcantara


Yahaira Alcantara followed in the footsteps of juvenile probation officers in Harris County to aid youth in the criminal justice system.

Yahaira “Gabby” Alcantara witnessed juvenile probation in action in Harris County during her internship this spring.

Hayes and Orrick Presented National Teaching Awards

Brittany Hayes

Top Teachers

Brittany Hayes and Erin Orrick were recognized as among the top new teachers in the field by the Academy of Criminal Justice Science and SAGE.

Two faculty members in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology earned teaching awards from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), one of the largest professional organizations for academics in the field.

Exploring Careers in Courts


Alumna Adriana Molina Morin oversees criminal appeals as deputy clerk for six judges on the 13th Court of Appeals in Corpus Christi.

Alumna Adriana Molina Morin grew up in the courts, beginning as a volunteer for the local justice of the peace in high school.

College Hosts 2017 Spring Commencement


The College hosted its own Commencement Ceremony in May, with about 450 bachelor, master and Ph.D. students walking across stage.

Due to the high number of graduates this spring, the College of Criminal Justice hosted its own Commencement Ceremony on May 12, with more than 450 students crossing the stage to receive bachelor, master and Ph.D. degrees.

Sam Houston State Researchers Study DNA from Explosives

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A study on new methods for identifying and recovering DNA from exploded bombs was published by faculty and students in the Department of Forensic Science.

Researchers at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) hope to unmask manufacturers of homemade explosives using new advancements in DNA technology.

CVI Begins Series on Sexual Assault on Campus

Campus Sexual Assault

The Crime Victims’ Institute initiated a series on campus sexual assault to explore high risk populations, bystander intervention, criminal justice responses and best practices.

The Crime Victims’ Institute at Sam Houston State University launched a new series of reports on sexual assault on college campuses, which will investigate high risk populations, bystander intervention, criminal justice responses, and best practices.

Oliver's Exhibit Honors Father of American Policing

Willard Oliver


Willard Oliver collaborated with the Berkeley Historical Society on an exhibit honoring August Vollmer, Father of American Policing.

The badge and gun used by August Vollmer at the turn of the 20th Century were returned home to Berkeley, CA and were unveiled to the public during an exhibit honoring “the Father of American Policing.”

Low Heart Rate Linked to Stalking Behaviors in Men

heart rate


New biosocial research from the College discovered a link between low resting heart rate and stalking behaviors in men.

A low resting heart rate, which has been linked to aggression and violent offending, has been implicated in stalking behavior in males, according to a recent study.

College Shines with University-Based Awards

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Students and faculty from the College of Criminal Justice earned prestigious awards at Sam Houston State University.

Faculty and students from the College of Criminal Justice were recognized with special awards at the close of the Spring semester.

College Names New Undergraduate Program Coordinator in CJ Advising Center

Arica Castleberry


Arica Castleberry was appointed the Undergraduate Program Coordinator in the Advising Center.

As a criminal justice major at Sam Houston State University, Arica Castleberry wanted a career where she could help people reach their full potential. She discovered her calling back where she started – as the new Undergraduate Program Coordinator for the College of Criminal Justice Advising Center.

Ph.D. Student Named National Emerging Forensic Scientist

Emerging Scientist

Ph.D. Student Lindsay Glicksberg was named an Emerging Forensic Scientist by the Forensic Science Foundation for her research on bath salts.

Ph.D. Student Lindsay Glicksberg received the Emerging Forensic Scientist Award by the Forensic Science Foundation for her research on the stability of “bath salts” in biological evidence.

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