Ph.D., University of New Haven (2022, Criminal Justice)
M.S., University of New Haven (2008, Criminal Justice)
M.S., University of New Haven (2008, Forensic Science)
B.S., University of New Haven (2001, Criminal Justice)
Penny Geyer is a doctoral lecturer in the Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of New Haven. Her dissertation and research while earning her degree focused on the evaluation of the panoptic deterrent effect of SkyWatch surveillance towers. She previously earned double master’s degrees from the University of New Haven, one in Forensic Science Investigative Services, and the other in Computer Forensic Investigation. She is a board-certified medicolegal death investigator and spent over a decade working for the State of Connecticut Medical Examiner’s Office.
Additionally, she was an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford for 11 years where she taught courses in forensic science, as well developing a special topic curriculum focused on criminal behavior. She also has been a guest lecturer and presenter at numerous first responder trainings around Connecticut. She has been nominated twice for an excellence in teaching by part-time faculty at the University of New Haven and won the University of New Haven Lee College Ph.D. Student Excellence Award. She was also a Top 5 Presentation winner at the University of New Haven Graduate Showcase.
Her main areas of interest are policing, particularly investigations and training, as well as criminalistics and forensic science, and theories of crime/criminology.
CJBS 250: Research Methods and Statistics in Criminal Justice
CJBS 300: Criminal Justice: Theory in Practice
Research Methods in Criminal Justice (University of New Haven)
Introduction to Corrections (University of New Haven)
Forensic Science: From Crime to Courtroom (University of Hartford)
Studies in Criminal Criminal Behavior (University of Hartford)
American Society of Criminology
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators- Fellow
Geyer, P. (2019). Book Review: The Road to Murder: Why Driving Is the Occupation of Choice for Britain’s Serial Killers. Review of the book Why Driving Is the Occupation of Choice by Britain’s Serial Killers, by A. Lynes. ACJS Today, 45(1), 33-35.
Geyer, P. (2019). Defining Serial Murder: The Importance of a Consistent Definition. ACJS Today, 45(1), 27-32.
Geyer, P. (2020). Traveling at 1000 Feet per Second with Unalterable Consequences: How to Decrease Police Officer-Involved Shootings. EBP Quarterly, 5(2).
Yaksic, E., Allred, T., Drakulic, C., Mooney, R., De Silva, R., Geyer, P., Wills, A., Comerford, C., & Ranger, R. (2020). How much damage do serial homicide offenders wrought while the innocent rot in prison? A tabulation of preventable deaths as outcomes of sentinel events. Psychology, Crime & Law. DOI 10.1080/1068316X.2020.1774590
University of New Haven Graduate Showcase: Top 5 Presentation Winner (November 2020)
University of New Haven Nominee for Excellence in Teaching Award by Part-Time Faculty (May 2021)
University of New Haven Lee College PhD Student Excellence Award (April 2022)
University of New Haven Nominee for Excellence in Teaching Award by Part-Time Faculty (May 2022)