Our Team

Our Team

IPRU Director

C. Gabrielle Salfati, M.Sc., Ph.D., F.IA-IP 
Professor, Department of Psychology
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Professor C. Gabrielle Salfati is part of the first group of people who emerged within the new field of Investigative Psychology, and was instrumental in its development as an international research field on the empirical analysis of violent criminal behavior, in particular the advancement of the science of offender profiling. Her main areas of expertise are homicide and sexual offenses, in particular with reference to developing key research methodologies related to offender profiling, classifications of violent crime, and linking serial crime. All of the work in the IPRU is developed in collaboration with law enforcement agencies internationally. She has presented and published widely and internationally on her work, and trains homicide investigators, crime analysts and other criminal justice professionals. She is the recipient of numerous research awards, including Outstanding Contribution to the Field awarded by the International Association of Investigative Psychology. 

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IPRU Associates

Carrie Trojan, PhD 

Dr. Carrie Trojan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Western Kentucky University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in criminal justice, law enforcement, criminal law, criminological theory and homicide. She earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her research to date has focused on the prior criminal offending of single-victim and serial homicide offenders and the link between prior offending to homicide crime scene behaviors. Her current research focuses on variations in wounding and crime scene behaviors in homicide according to the victim-offender relationship, likelihood of homicide victimization across gender, racial, and age groups, the influence of popular crime dramas on the criminal justice system (the CSI Effect) and definitional, measurement, and methodological issues in offender profiling research. She has collaborated on research projects with both national and municipal law enforcement agencies and is a member of several national organizations.

Marina Sorochinski, PhD  

Dr. Marina Sorochinski is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Mercy College, NY where she teaches courses in Behavioral Analysis of Violent Crime, Criminology, Forensic Psychology, and Research Methods. She is an interdisciplinary scholar with a Master’s in Forensic Psychology and a PhD in Psychology & Law from CUNY, and an active member of the IPRU since 2006. Dr. Sorochinski’s research specifically focuses on behavioral consistency/inconsistency and identification of behavioral trajectories and victimization patterns for the purpose of linkage and evidence-based profiling in serial violent and sexual crimes. She has been the recipient of multiple scholarships and awards, including a research fellowship from the National Institute of Justice and publishes and presents her research widely.

Kimberley Schanz. PhD

Dr. Kimberley Schanz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Stockton University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in forensic psychology, criminal justice, and statistics. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Psychology and Law from the CUNY Graduate Center/John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her research to date has focused on behavioral crime scene analysis in violent crime and the CSI Effect. Her current research focuses on behavioral patterns in sexual offending, the influence of time in behavioral consistency in serial sexual assaults, the salience of behavioral patterns in risk assessment, and theoretical/methodological issues in behavioral crime scene analysis.

IPRU PhD Students

Teresa Curmi, MA

Teresa Curmi is a Psychology & Law PhD candidate at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the City University of New York's (CUNY) Graduate Center. She is interested in investigative decision making, and the design, administration, and assessment of training for law enforcement officers. She is currently working on her dissertation project, focusing on how individuals make decisions in criminal investigations, with the goal of better understanding the types of thinking skills and styles that may be important contributors to recruitment, development, and training in law enforcement. 

Jeffery Osborne, MA

Jeffery Osborne is a Criminal Justice doctoral student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Center. His research topics include homicide, serial crime, active shooter events, and environmental criminology.

IPRU Research Assistants

The IPRU has a team of dedicated RA's who aid in data collection and analysis for ongoing research projects. If you are interested in joining the IPRU, please see Info for Students.