Prof. Theresa Fanelli

Prof. Theresa Fanelli

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
School of Arts & Sciences

Lodi Campus

Phone: 201.559.6000Ext. 6268

Academic Accomplishments
  • Master’s in Research and Experimental Psychology
  • Master’s in Behavioral Psychology
  • Bachelor’s in General Psychology

I began my professional career as a Behavioral Psychologist who specialized in the treatment of children with autism and other learning disabilities. I spent over a decade designing home programs as well as developing the staff at a school that specialized in the application of behavioral psychology principles to children with autism. As I was completing my pre-dissertation requirements, I joined federal law enforcement and became a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I then spent 20 years as a Special Agent working criminal cases in the areas of violent crimes, non-traditional organized crime, civil rights, and human trafficking. As a collateral duty, I also served as a Psychological Assessor.

Positions Held:

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Felician University
Special Agent for the FBI (retired)

Field(s) of Interest/Expertise

Psychology and Criminal Justice

Courses Taught at Felician University
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Writing and Reading in Criminal Justice
  • Fundamentals of Criminal Investigations
  • Organized Crime
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
  • Special Topics: Inside the Criminal Mind
  • Research Methods in Social Science