Dr. Tonisha M. Pinckney, a native of Newark, NJ, is dedicated to educating and advocating for others. With a wide range of expertise, supported by 16 years of combined experience, Dr. Pinckney is a Criminal Justice and Criminology expert, Forensic Criminologist, and Forensic Accountant, was most recently the Director of Criminal Justice Undergraduate and Graduate Programs at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. She is also a Lecturer at Lasell College and Adjunct Instructor at University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Previously, Dr. Pinckney was Director of the Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Programs at Newbury College in Brookline. Pinckney was also the Assistant Dean of Adult & Professional Studies, Online Learning, Institutional Partnerships at Newbury College in Brookline, MA where she expanded the breadth of the program by developing new majors and specializations.
Dr. Pinckney is also the Assistant Director of Victim, Offender, HIV/AIDS, and Addiction Support at Community House of Prayer in Newark, NJ (Pastor Loretta Stevens). Dr. Pinckney holds a doctorate of philosophy in Criminal Justice and Criminology, a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati, and a graduate certificate in security studies and a graduate certificate in forensic criminology, both from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. as well She also holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. Dr, Pinckney earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Kean University in New Jersey. She also has a host of other educational and professional development certifications and accomplishments.
Dr. Pinckney is an outspoken author, advocate, and activist on issues of racial, socioeconomic, and gender disparities. Dr. Pinckney has a special passion for helping adult and child victims and offenders of sexual assault and domestic violence. Fueled by her own experiences and fortified by her expertise, she authored four books discussing topics such as domestic violence, sexual assault, depression, parenting, leadership, and racial and socio-economic disparity – I AM MORE the Journey (2009,2016) and I AM MORE Surviving Survival (2013, 2017), Get Over It? I'm Still Going Through it! 15 Tools to Use When Going Through Tough Times (2017), and Fundamentals of Leadership for Emerging Leaders (2018).
Dr. Pinckney is the founder of a new not-for-profit organization, I AM MORE Institute for Excellence and Social Responsibility and the founder/owner of I AM MORE, LLC. Recognizing the importance of saying, "I AM MORE!" Dr. Pinckney registered it as a trademark. Combining her passions for social change, her dissertation, Children present on the scene upon police arrival at an intimate partner violence incident: Race, police action, and officer initiated social support, examined whether the needs of children exposed to IPV and the race of a couple factor into an officer's decisions as to whether to take law enforcement action (arrest or issue a citation) and initiate social support for the exposed child and victim-partner. Dr. Pinckney works for the cause of justice, peace, and unity with the understanding that one must uncover and address flaws before lasting change will be realized. Dr. Pinckney is available to speak at conferences, workshops, and events.