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Tcherni, Maria (full)
Associate Professor
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences
Criminal Justice
South Campus Hall
Academic Credentials


    Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, University at Albany, SUNY, 2011

    M.S. in Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, 2002

    B.A./M.A. in Psychology, Moscow State University (Russia), 1998

    Recently Published Books and Articles

    Tcherni, M., Davies, A., Lopes, G., & Lizotte, A. (2015). The Dark Figure of Online Property Crime: Is Cyberspace Hiding a Crime Wave? Justice Quarterly (online first). DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2014.994658

    Bystrova, E., & Tcherni, M. (2015). Juvenile Justice in Russia. In M. Krohn & J. Lane (Eds.), The Handbook of Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
    Tcherni, M. (2014). Structural Determinants of Homicide. In A. C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research (pp. 6373-6383). Springer Netherlands. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_4131

    Tcherni, M. (2011). Structural determinants of homicide: The Big Three. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 27(4), 475-496.DOI: 10.1007/s10940-011-9134-x
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    Tcherni, M. (2011). The value of human life: An individual-level determinant of violence. (Doctoral Dissertation). State University of New York at Albany. 180 pages; 3454530

    Lansing, S., & Tcherni, M. (2009). Alternative Sentencing Programs Funded by the New York State Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives: Program Evaluation Study. Confidential Internal Report of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.


    Dr. Tcherni's research interests include examining crime trends and patterns, with a focus on structural causes of violence and homicide: poverty, education, and family structure, as well as the interplay of these factors with family-level factors like child abuse and neglect and with individual-level factors like mental health issues, tendencies towards risky behaviors, and life valuation. She is especially interested in developing and testing criminological theories to uncover hidden forces behind the observable crime trends and patterns. Dr. Tcherni's teaching interests include research methods, criminology, forensic psychology, and program evaluation.