Faculty Profile: 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
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
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.