Mary Myers, Ph.D.

Title: Professor, Criminal Justice Studies
Dept/Program: Criminal Justice Studies
Office: Olin Hall 235b
Phone: 330.972.5638
Email: mmyers@uakron.edu


Biography

Dr. Myers began her educational career by studying Romance languages and Sign Language.  After a year of teaching Spanish and French, she completed 25 years in public service as a police officer for the City of Akron, retiring at the rank of Captain in 2001.  She has taught part-time here at The University of Akron since 1980 and full-time since retiring from the Police Department.  During her police career, she served in a number of roles, including as a Patrol Officer and Patrol Supervisor, as a Detective and Detective Supervisor, as the Commander of the 911 night communications, Commander of the Vice Squad, Commander of the ‘Homicide Squad’ (the Crimes against Persons Unit), and a number of surveillance and undercover operations.  She also served on the SWAT team as a sniper, and was a Hostage Negotiator.  She was a National Police Revolver Championship shooter on the Akron Pistol Team, taking 2nd place Female Champion in the nation two years in a row.  Dr. Myers is also licensed as a Psychologist, as a Counselor – Supervisor (LPCC), and as a licensed Social Worker (LSW) in Ohio.  She specializes in treating and evaluating the stress experienced by Police Officers after critical incidents and conducts Fitness for Duty and Pre-Employment Evaluations of Police.  Dr. Myers attended the FBI’s National Police Academy (182nd Session) in Quantico, Virginia where she studied Profiling Serial Killers and Media Relations.  She has made numerous television and radio appearances, and has participated in several television specials.

 

Education

  • Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Development, Psychology Minor, Kent State University, 1996
  • FBI National Police Academy, 182nd Session, 1995
  • MA in School Counseling, Kent State University, 1990
  • BA in College of Education, 1975
  • BA in College of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Languages Spanish and French, 1975

 

Licenses

  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Licensed Practical Clinical Counselor – Supervisor
  • Licensed Social Worker


Education

Ph.D., Kent State University


Education

  • Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Development, Psychology Minor, Kent State University, 1996
  • FBI National Police Academy, 182nd Session, 1995
  • MA in School Counseling, Kent State University, 1990
  • BA in College of Education and BA in College of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Languages Spanish and French, The University of Akron, 1975
  • Licenses:
  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Licensed Practical Clinical Counselor – Supervisor
  • Licensed Social Worker

Courses

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Introduction to Police Studies

Applied Ethics

Criminal Investigations

Critical Incident Interventions

Basic Forensic Methods

Introduction to Forensic Science

Interviews, Interrogations, and Hostage Negotiations

Profiling Serial Killers

Disaster Victims:  Casualties and Recoveries

Introduction to Terrorism

Juvenile Justice

Criminal Justice Current Topic:  Surveillance and the Right to Privacy

Family Violence

Criminal Case Management

Basic Hostage Negotiations at OPOTA (the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy)

Advanced Hostage Negotiations at OPOTA

First Responders’ Role in Hostage Negotiations at OPOTA

Supervisors’ Role in Hostage Negotiations at OPOTA

Dispatchers’ Role in Hostage Negotiations at OPOTA