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Professor to Discuss Explanations for the Great Violence Decline

Release Date:
1/27/2014 12:00 AM

Maria Tcherni, features Maria Tcherni

WEST HAVEN, CONN. – Maria Tcherni, assistant professor of criminal justice, will discuss possible explanations of “The Great Violence Decline,” a period over the last twenty years that has seen a reduction in violent crime on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. at the University of New Haven.

Her talk, sponsored by Friends of the UNH library, will take place in the Marvin K. Peterson Library on UNH’s main campus, 300 Boston Post Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Tcherni will discuss the most popular theories that attempt to explain why every category of violent crime has decreased since the early 1990s. She will also discuss three new explanations, including lead exposure, psychotropic drugs and online social networking.

Before earning her Ph.D. degree in criminal justice from the University at Albany-SUNY, Tcherni, worked as a forensic psychologist. Her research focuses specifically on the connection between poverty and violence and crime trends and patterns.

Tcherni received a master’s degree in psychology from Moscow State University in Russia and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University.

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