Barbara Morrell, Ph.D.

Barbara Morrell, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Criminal Justice LI


SJC Long Island

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Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

M.A., Criminal Justice, University at Albany, State University of New York

B.A., Sociology, Regis College


Barbara Morrell, Ph.D., has been a dedicated faculty member in the College's faculty Department of Social Sciences for almost 30 years. She spearheaded the writing of the criminal justice major, which was approved by New York State in 2006, and currently serves as the chair of the Department of Criminal Justice. She also serves as the faculty moderator of the Criminal Justice Club and Pi Gamma Mu International Social Sciences Honor Society, and is responsible for advising students within the major.

Before coming to St. Joseph's College, Dr. Morrell taught at C.W. Post and Farmingdale State College as well as Illinois Benedictine College. 

Dr. Morrell has presented nationally along with other research scholars and lawyers advocating for revising laws transferring juveniles to adult court.

Dr. Morrell belongs to several professional organizations, including the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Sociological Association.

Scholarly & Professional Interests

Dr. Morrell is currently conducting research in the Riverhead Correctional Facility Women's DWI Unit to assess the impact of a memoir writing program, Herstory, on five psychological outcomes of well being. Her research will be presented at the American Society of Criminology.

Recently trained in Philadelphia, Penn. in the international program Inside-Out, Dr. Morrell will be launching the first Inside-Out course combining St. Joseph's College students and inmates at the Yaphank Correctional Facility in Spring 2017. The course, Voices from the Inside, will involve a critical rhetorical analysis through discussion and written reaction to writings of diverse incarcerated people from different eras, countries and races.

Select Publications

Her published works, all of which appeared in Criminal Justice Research Report, include:

  • "Can Ex-Offenders Ever Become Productive Citizens? Barriers to and Policies Toward Reentry"
  • "Rehabilitative Approaches to Corrections Bolstered by Knowledge of Effective Treatment Principles and Firm Public Support"
  • "Research Examines Impact of Incarceration on Children: More Targeted and Coordinated Reentry Services Needed"