The Faculty

What makes our criminal justice program stand out from others?

“The field of criminal justice is a multidisciplinary profession. People from many professions come together to work on the response to crime and its victims. Not only does our program present the opportunity to study responses to crime, but we also examine criminal/deviant behavior and why people abstain from crime. Using a multidisciplinary approach, students realize that crime is not just an enforcement problem.

The best way for a student to learn and retain information is to apply concepts to real-life events. Since criminal justice is always at the forefront of the media and great concern to the public, we provide ways for students to understand the world around them. We also encourage internships so that students learn first-hand what certain careers entail.”

– Excerpt from Our Q&A with Dr. Lane

Dr. Christina Lane, Director

Dr. Lane, who joined the Saint Rose faculty in 2006, is a multiple-year honoree in America’s Who’s Who Teachers of Excellence. She is the primary instructor teaching criminal behavior and criminology.

  • Her research interests are in stress, coping, and violence, post-traumatic stress and victims of crime, and sex offenders.
  • She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in sociology with a specialization in criminology at the University of Alberta in Canada, as well as, a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Ph.D., with a specialization in the nature of crime and planned change of criminals, from the University at Albany.

Dr. Christopher Kunkle, Advisor

Dr. Kunkle is a forensic psychologist and criminal investigation consultant with over 21 years in the field of criminal investigation. As an expert in violent and sexual crimes he brings a unique combination of training and experience in forensic science and violent criminal behavior to unsolved case investigation.

Using classic criminal investigation techniques combined with analyzing the behavioral dynamics of violent offenders and victimology, Dr. Kunkle constructs offender profiles and offers recommendations on offense dynamics that help reconstruct the crime scene. He has been recognized for his innovative work in the management of sexually violent predators, has evaluated more than a thousand violent and sexual offenders throughout the U.S. and has published articles on stalking, violence risk assessment and violent sexual disorders.

  • As part of the adjunct faculty at The College of Saint Rose since 2010, Dr. Kunkle has taught courses on Sexually Deviant Behavior, Criminal Profiling, Serial Crimes, Criminal Behavior and Forensic Psychology.
  • He is currently vice president of the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases.
  • Dr. Kunkle is also the former director and chief psychiatric examiner of Institutional Sex Offender Treatment for the State of New York, and a former forensic scientist with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

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