Criminal Justice Faculty

    Cynthia-Lee Williams

    Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

    Phone: (845) 848-4124
    Email: cynthia-lee.williams@dc.edu

    Cynthia-Lee Williams is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Dominican College.  Dr. Williams has earned a M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from CUNY, the Graduate Center/John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  She has also earned a M.A. in Criminology from St. John’s University and a B.A. in Art History at Ithaca College.  Her areas of interest include the following: policing in urban communities; police oversight agencies; the intersection between race, urban crime, and substandard living; and applied statistics.  Dr. Williams has published several articles that cover policing in urban communities and jail violence.  Her dissertation centered on mediation selection at the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board.  Prior to enrolling in the doctoral program at CUNY, the Graduate Center, Dr. Williams worked as an investigator for the city government in the following three agencies: The New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board; New York City’s Comptroller’s Office, Bureau of Labor Law; and New York City’s Department of Education, Office of Special Investigations.

        Colby Valentine

        Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

        Phone: (845) 848-4071
        Email: colby.valentine@dc.edu

        Colby Valentine is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the Division of Social Sciences. Dr. Valentine received her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, an M.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from San Diego State University, in San Diego, California, and a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Dr. Valentine has published in various journals including the Journal of Family Violence and Family Law Review on such topics as officer stress and officer-involved domestic violence. Her current research involves studies of prison misconduct, recidivism, and domestic violence. The courses Dr. Valentine teaches include Introduction to Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, and Corrections. Dr. Valentine is also an active member of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

            Tara Parrello

            Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Coordinator of Criminal Justice

            Phone: (845) 848-4097
            Email: tara.parrello@dc.edu

            Tara Parrello is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology and the Coordinator of Criminal Justice Studies. Dr. Parrello has earned two degrees from Fordham University, including a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Sociology. She completed her undergraduate studies at Manhattanville College, earning a B.A. in Sociology. Her areas of concentration include: criminology, gender, deviance, popular culture and body modification with a particular concentration in plastic surgery. Dr. Parrello has presented papers at national sociology and criminology conferences based on her dissertation, Look This Way: The Growth and Diversity of Plastic Surgery in Contemporary America and her research on juvenile crime and ethnic gangs.