Interview with Author Dennis Stevens
Dr. Dennis J. Stevens
Dennis J. Stevens is Director of Justice Writers of America, an organization guiding justice personnel articulate their experiences in a confidential setting. Dr. Stevens has taught criminal psychology in major universities, and counselled female and male high risk prisoners at Chicago, Charlotte, Boston, and New Orleans. He has held the rank of full professor, department chair, and chair of a PhD program. During his academic career, he has taught and counseled justice professionals at law academies, such as the North Carolina Justice Academy, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and Boston Police Academy. He has led crisis intervention sessions among Boston and New York City officers after 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing, New Orleans and Houston officers after Hurricane Katrina, and Chicago and Dallas officers after the execution style murders of three of their own.
Long Version: Dr. Stevens holds the distinction of Summa Cum Laude as an undergraduate in education and sociology, Magna Cum Laude as a master's degree graduate in psychology and sociology, and Highest Honors when he earned his Ph.D. from Loyola University of Chicago in 1991. He has taught criminal psychology at universities in Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, and New Orleans. He has held the academic positions of professor, department chair, and PhD director. In addition to teaching traditional students, he has taught and counseled enforcement and correctional personnel at law academies such as the North Carolina Justice Academy and the Boston Police Academy and felons at maximum custody penitentiaries such as Attica in New York, NC Women's Institute in North Carolina, Stateville near Chicago, and MCI Framingham (women) in Massachusetts. Stevens has published twenty-one textbooks assigned to justice, psychology, and sociology university classrooms across the country. Visit Dennis J. Stevens on Facebook and at Amazon.com.
He has conducted almost 100 scholarly studies published in the peer reviewed press which include the prestigious Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law, and The Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. Stevens has been retained by state legislative committees to investigate corruption among narcotic officers, by international security corporations such as G4S Wackenhut and Blackwater to develop manuals on the use of force, and national governments to better understand custody control methods in their correctional systems. He has led group intervention groups for sexually abusive parents in New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He has pulled abused children in little red wagons and helped them with their homework at various centers. He has led crisis intervention sessions among Boston and New York City officers after 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing, New Orleans and Houston officers after Hurricane Katrina, and Chicago and Dallas officers after the execution style murders of their own. Currently, he is the managing director of Justice Writers of America (JWA), a small band of writers (by invitation only), who guide justice and social science professionals develop articles, stories, and dissertations. Finally, he works his little heart out at YMCA Charlotte at Zumba and Funk with amazing instructors such as Irina Perkins, Ivy Taucher, Renee Geiger, Elizabeth Moakler, Maria Guitano, Lori Connolly, and Mary Milani.
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