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Joshua R. Klein, Ph.D.

Joshua R. Klein

Interim Chair, Professor of Criminal Justice
Office: Driscoll Hall 
Phone: (914) 633-2228
Email: jklein@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Sociology, The City University of New York
MS, Sociology, The City University of New York
BA, Social Science, Hampshire College

Dr. Josh Klein teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. His research interests include attitudes and culture relating to criminal justice and violence, particularly state and corporate crime. Prior to his fulltime academic career, Dr. Klein conducted survey research, including positions at the Public Agenda Foundation, the City University of New York's Center for Jewish Studies, Publishers Clearing House, and Audits and Surveys Worldwide. Dr. Klein currently consults with community organizations.
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Cathryn Lavery, Ph.D.

Cathryn Lavery

Professor of Criminal Justice, Graduate Coordinator for MS Program in Criminal Justice
Office: Driscoll Hall 
Phone: (914) 633-2597
Email: clavery@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Graduate Center, City University of New York
MS, Criminal Justice, Iona College
BA, Clark University

Dr. Cathryn Lavery has research interests in campus crime, community-based corrections, mental health and criminal behavior in the criminal justice system. Her current research projects include collaborative research on issues in security threat assessment, police and stress and juvenile transitional re-entry programming from jails. She is certified in Forensic Mental Health Training, Sexual Victimization Counseling and has received certification from The Clery Center on Title IX, Security Issues and Responses..
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Paul O'Connell, Ph.D.

Paul O'Connell

Professor of Criminal Justice
Office: Driscoll Hall
Phone: (914) 633-2111
Email: poconnell@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)
MPA, 1984
JD, 1989
M.Phil, Criminal Justice, 1999

Dr. Paul O'Connell teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, he conducts funded research, publishes scholarly papers and lectures widely on the topics of police performance measurement, integrity management and law enforcement training systems.
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Kimberly Spanjol, Ph.D.

Kimberly Spanjol

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Office: Driscoll Hall
Phone: (914) 637-2747
Email: kspanjol@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)
MS, Mental Health Counseling, City College, City University of New York (CUNY)

Dr. Kimberly Spanjol, BCBA-D, LMHC, is a licensed and doctoral-level board-certified behavior analyst. She is also certified in Animal Assisted Therapy, Animals and Human Health, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Holistic Health Counseling, Humane Education, Humane Literacy and Teaching Mindfulness to Youth. Her current research projects include evaluating animal assisted therapy programs with incarcerated youth, measuring the effectiveness of service and experiential learning as tools for behavioral and social change, and examining the impact of human-animal interactions on human mental health and patterns of violence.
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Student Success

After I completed my bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Iona College, the Criminal Justice master’s program allowed me to delve into an area of law in which I was most interested. The coursework, which included reading case law and statutes, research, and writing, prepared me for law school and ultimately for a career as an attorney by allowing me to hone the skills that I now use every day. The professors, who have a variety of experience in the criminal justice field, were instrumental in helping me identify my career goals and guiding me to achieve them.

Katie Vogel '09, '10MS

Criminal Justice Major