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Faculty Profile: Tonisha Pinckney

 

Tonisha Pinckney  
Tonisha M. Pinckney, Ph.D., MSCJ, MAFF, CFE
Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Criminal Justice Programs Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
 
Office: Trinity 234
Office Hours: 
Monday: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday: 1 to 3 p.m.
and by appointment 
 
Education:
Doctor of Philosophy, Criminal Justice and Criminology, University of Massachusetts - Lowell
Graduate Certificate in Security Studies , University of Massachusetts - Lowell
Graduate Certificate in Forensic Criminology, University of Massachusetts - Lowell
Master of Science, Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati
Bachelor of Science, Accounting, Kean University
 
Biography: 
Dr. Tonisha M. Pinckney is dedicated to educating and advocating for others. With a wide range of expertise, supported by 17 years of combined experience, Dr. Pinckney is the Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Criminal Justice Programs at Anna Maria College. Dr. Pinckney is the author of two books, I AM MORE the Journey (2009) and I AM MORE Surviving Survival (2013), which detail her experiences as a surviving victim of domestic violence and sexual assault. Recognizing the importance of saying, "I AM MORE," Dr. Pinckney registered the trademark.

Addressing issues of racial, socioeconomic, and gender disparities is a major part of Dr. Pinckney's life and career. She is also a strong advocate for children with mental illnesses (and their caregivers). Her dissertation, Children present on the scene upon police arrival at an intimate partner violence incident: Race, police action, and officer-initiated social support, examined whether the needs of children exposed to IPV and the race of a couple factor into an officer's decisions as to whether to take law enforcement action (arrest or issue a citation) and initiate social support for the exposed child and victim-partner. Dr. Pinckney is also a forensic accountant, certified fraud examiner, and master analyst in financial forensics.

Dr. Pinckney is a gamer, loves to cook, writes poetry, and is the mother of two teenage sons. She works at her family church (founded by her father and mother) in Newark, NJ as the Assistant Director of Victims, Offenders, HIV/AIDS, and Addiction Support. Proud to be a “Jersey-girl” and a “Newark-girl,” Dr. Pinckney maintains her work with educators, clergy, and community leaders to help educate, advocate, and bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community.

 
Favorite Quote or Motto:
"I AM MORE!" My motto reminds me that no matter how difficult or great the situation, I can embrace opportunities and triumph through challenges. Also, no matter how lowly or successful other see me, I am still capable of more, worth more, and created for more!
 
Courses Taught at Anna Maria: 
Foundations of Criminal Justice
Policing in America
Drugs and Society
Criminal Thought
 
Research Interests:
Domestic Violence (race, gender, socioeconomic status, and child presence)
Sexual Offending and Victimization
Financial Crimes and Fraud Investigation
Policing, Policy, and Community
Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System
Juvenile Offending and Offenses
 
Publications:
Pinckney, T. (2013). I AM MORE! -Surviving Survival. Tulsa, OK: Total Publishing and Media.
Pinckney, T. (2009). "I Am More!" the Journey. Tulsa, OK: Total Publishing and Media 
 
Presentations:
Tonisha M. Pinckney. (2016). Surviving Survival: A Discussion of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Massasoit Community College, Brockton, MA
Tonisha M. Pinckney. (2015). Transitioning from Pain to Progress: A College Pathways Session, Project Family Independence, Roxbury, MA
Tonisha M. Pinckney, Rashaan Hall, Larry Ellison, Chief Daniel O’Leary, Eddy Chrispin, A. R. Ellison, and Renee Payne-Callender. (2015). Truth in Policing: Race, Gender, and Urban Violence, Panel creation and facilitation at Newbury College, Brookline, MA
Tonisha M. Pinckney, Dan Lebowitz. (2015). Sports, Crime, and Justice, Panel creation and facilitation at Newbury College, Brookline, MA
Tonisha M. Pinckney. (2014). Children Present on the Scene upon Police Arrival at an Intimate Partner Violence Incident: Race, Police Action, and Officer Initiated Social Support (Preliminary Results), Presentation at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences, Portsmouth, RI.
John Asagba, Tonisha M. Pinckney, and Edward Greenberg. (2014). Using Google Ngram to Evaluate Longitudinal Frequency Shifts in Crime-Related Terms. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences, Portsmouth, RI.
Edward Greenberg, Tonisha M. Pinckney, and Malgorzata Zuber. (2014). Comparing the Crime Imageries of News Media and Video Games. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences, Portsmouth, RI.
Edward Greenberg, James J. Ness, Rafael Rojas Jr., Penny R. Shtull, Martin A. Greenberg, and Tonisha Pinckney. (2014). Ghosts and Law Enforcement. Presentation and roundtable at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Philadelphia, PA.
Tonisha Pinckney (2014). Dating Violence and Sexual Assault, Guest Speaker at University of Massachusetts - Lowell, Lowell, MA.
Tonisha Pinckney and Edward Greenberg. (2013). Attachment and Neutralization: Does Religion Play a Role in Continuing Intimate Partner Victimization? Presentation at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences, Portsmouth, RI.
Tonisha Pinckney (2014). Sexual Assault and Partner Violence among College Students, Guest Speaker at Sisters of Integrity Striving Towards Empowerment Respect and Success University of Massachusetts - Lowell, Lowell, MA.
Tonisha Pinckney (2013). Domestic Violence and Victimization, Panel Discussion at University of Massachusetts - Lowell, Lowell, MA.
Tonisha Pinckney (2012), Forensic Accounting Networking. Presentation and roundtable at the annual Kean University Accounting Symposium, Union, NJ.
Tonisha Pinckney (2011), Pathways to Careers in Accounting. Presentation and roundtable at the annual Kean University Accounting Symposium, Union, NJ.
Tonisha Pinckney (2010), Life after Graduation, Now What. Presentation at the annual Kean University Accounting Symposium, Union, NJ.