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James Ford, Ph.D.

Dr. Jim Ford is a third-generation law enforcement officer whose career spans more than two decades. While on the force, Ford served in the patrol, investigative and administrative divisions and earned the rank of lieutenant. In this position, Ford was in charge of the patrol division, in-service training, rules and regulations and the Office of Emergency Management.

He is an active member of several organizations including the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association, the New Jersey Licensed Private Investigators and the New Jersey State Crime Prevention Officers Association.

Ford holds a bachelor’s degree in Law/Justice, a master's in Education and a Ph.D. in Human Services with a concentration in Criminal Justice.


Kathleen Marino, M.S., M.B.A., Ph.D.

Dr. Marino started her education with a two-year computer science degree then graduated Summa Cum Laude from Monmouth University with dual undergraduate degrees in Education and Special Ed with a minor in Psychology.

She continued her education at Georgian Court University and holds a Master's degree in Instructional Technology and an MBA. Her Ph.D. was awarded from Seton Hall with a concentration in Online Communication.

Her teaching and research are concentrated in business analytics, online communication, and various areas of computer crimes.


Stephanie Stephenson, M.A., Ph.D.

Dr. Stephenson has over 26 years of law enforcement experience. Dr. Stephenson received her Bachelor's Degree from Morehead State University in Government and Criminal Justice.

Dr. Stephenson went on to receive her Master's Degree from Tiffin University in Criminal Justice Administration while working full-time as a police officer. She received her doctorate from Capella University in Human Services and wrote her dissertation on MMPI and MMPI-II scores, predicting aggressive behavior in Criminal Justice.