Alexa always had a passion for abnormal psychology and knew in high school that she wanted to pursue a career focusing on forensic psychology and its relationship with the criminal justice system.
“I wanted to utilize higher education to develop a strong knowledge of both fields, so I decided to pursue a combined major in criminal justice and psychology.”
“Northeastern’s renowned criminal justice major and its co-op program sounded like the perfect way for me to learn the ins-and-outs of the criminal justice system with which I hoped to work. The unique flexibility of Northeastern’s curriculum allowed me to combine my major with a psychology major while still benefiting from connections and co-op opportunities through the SCCJ.”
During her first semester at Northeastern, Alexa took an independent study course with Dr. James Alan Fox. She researched the use of statistical analysis in the criminal justice system, learning about topics including crime mapping, Compstat meetings, the ViCAP National Crime Database, CODIS, and artificial intelligence as an aid to electronic search systems.
“I have always been very passionate about statistics and how they apply to criminal justice, so writing this paper allowed me to delve deeper into its different applications and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of different statistical tools.”
CRIM 3040 “Psychology of Crime”:
“This course was not only the perfect topic for my interests, but it covered an extremely large spectrum of theories on a wide variety of crime. Two years later, I still refer to my notes from that class when I’m pondering different psychological theories of crime – whether in relation to another class or simply for personal interest.”
CRIM 4010 “Gender, Crime, and Justice”:
“This course discussed a constellation of socially-relevant differences in how different genders (male, female, and transgender) are affected by, represented by, and incorporated in the criminal justice system. Covering topics ranging from the gender gap in criminal offending to women in policing, this course strengthened my reading-comprehension skills through its response assignments on journal articles.”
Alexa’s second co-op was with the BPD’s Boston Regional Intelligence Center, where she worked as a research assistant/assistant crime analyst.
“While on the job, I summarized incident reports, compiled/distributed BRIC’s daily bulletin, and created ad-hoc bulletins at the request of officers. This position provided me with excellent hands-on experience in crime analysis and allowed me to employ a wide variety of criminal-justice knowledge I gained from my classes in SCCJ.”
“Being a part of Northeastern’s Criminal Justice Student Advisory Council (CJSAC) has provided me with many opportunities to network with peers, potential employers, and experts in my field. The different speaker events, volunteer opportunities, and social gatherings it hosts have expanded my horizons and given me an outlet for my criminal justice interests outside the classroom.”
Alexa plans to pursue a doctorate in forensic psychology following her undergraduate degree.
“Ultimately, I would like to work as a research professor in my field; my dream is to someday come back and work for Northeastern’s SCCJ!”
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