College of Arts and Sciences


  • Criminal Justice Hosts Academy of Behavioral Profiling

    July 25, 2011

    The Department of Criminal Justice is hosting the 12th annual meeting of the Academy of Behavioral Profiling on September 17-18. Immediately following is a two-day training that focuses on evidence-based criminal profiling techniques, led by nationally recognized experts Brent E. Turvey and Shawn Mikula.

    The workshop on September 19-20 is designed for professionals and students working in the fields of criminology, criminal investigation, criminal justice, forensic nursing, forensic science, law enforcement, psychology, sociology, legal studies, mental health/counseling, women’s studies, and victimology. Course credit is available for SU students.

    “This is program involves the theory and practice of a holistic approach to crime reconstruction and crime scene analysis,” said Professor Jacqueline Helfgott, chair of the Criminal Justice Department. “Participants will work on actual case material under the guidance of leaders in the field.”

    Brent E. Turvey, MS, forensic scientist, criminal profiler, and prolific scholar, has been court-qualified as a forensic expert in the areas of criminal profiling, forensic science, victimology, and crime reconstruction, providing expert examinations and testimony for the last 15 years. He has consulted with government and law enforcement agencies and private attorneys in the United States, Australia, Asia, Canada, Barbados, and Europe on cases involving rape, homicide, and serial murder. Turvey is the author of Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis, now in its fourth edition, and co-author of Rape Investigation Handbook, Crime Reconstruction, and Forensic Victimology (Elsevier Science). Secretary of the Academy of Behavioral Profiling, Turvey is also a partner in Forensic Solutions, LLC, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology and Justice Studies at Oklahoma City University.

    Shawn Mikulay, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Elgin Community College, is Vice President of the Academy of Behavioral Profiling. His published research is concentrated in the area of employee deviance. He teaches courses in experimental, developmental, social, introductory, and forensic psychology, as well as human sexuality.

    Registration for the training is now online.

    The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees, including B.A., B.S., and M.A. degrees in Criminal Justice as well as a Certificate in Crime Analysis. The M.A. in Criminal Justice is the only accredited criminal justice program in western Washington.


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