About Dr. Tonisha M. Pinckney

 

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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, is the Director of Criminal Justice Undergraduate and Graduate Programs at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. She is also a Lecturer at Lasalle 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 expanding 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, she authored two books discussing domestic violence, sexual assault, depression, parenting, and racial and socio-economic disparity – I AM MORE – The Journey (2009) and I AM MORE: Surviving Survival (2013). 


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.   

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Community Leadership and Memberships

  • Greater Worcester Community Foundation Since 2017  Corporator – Five-Year Appointment 
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Central Massachusetts   Since 2016  Board of Directors - Member  
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Justice Education (MACJE)   Since 2016 
  • Regional Worcester Chamber of Commerce – Diverse Professional Roundtable  Since 2016 
  • American Psychological Association  Since 2016  Division 52: International Psychology  Division 35: Section on Black Women 
  • Criminal Justice Alumni Advisory Board – University of Massachusetts Lowell       Since 2015 
  • Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) - Award Committee       Since 2015 
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)     Since 2015 
  • Psychologists for Social Responsibility   Since 2014 
  • Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences – Scholarship Committee  Since 2014 
  • National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)           Since 2013 
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences  (ACJS)      Since 2012 
  • Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network  (RAINN)       Since 2009 
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)      Since 2008  Boston Chapter Member  Philadelphia Chapter Member 
  • National Association of Certified Value Analyst (NACVA)        Since 2008  

Lectures and Presentations (40+mins)

  • Rape Assault Incest National Network (RAINN) Speakers Bureau member –     Since 2010  · 
  • Tonisha M. Pinckney. (2017) Encouragement, Education, Excellence – Keynote Speaker. Bergen County Christian Academy – Honor Society and Student Awards Luncheon. Hackensack, NJ · 
  • Tonisha M. Pinckney. (2017) Topic: Through it all – Education and Career. Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE) Theme: Show up. Stay In. Stay At it: A Call to Action." Worcester, MA. · 
  • Tonisha M. Pinckney. (2017). Criminal Justice Education. Quinsigamond Community College Worcester, MA · 
  • Tonisha M. Pinckney. (2017). Young Teen Mothers Surviving Relationships and Pursuing Education. Family Service of Greater Boston, Inc., Boston, MA · Camille Gibson, 
  • Tonisha M Pinckney, Matthew Johnson. (2017) Police and Citizen Fears During Police-Citizen Contact (Moderator: Sean Wilson). Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 54th Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO. · 
  • Tonisha M Pinckney, Kareem L. Jordan, Sherrise Truesdale-Moore. (2017) Racial Justice Protests: Addressing Police and Community Conflict (Moderator: John DeCarlo). Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 54th Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO. · 
  • .Tonisha M. Pinckney. (2016) A Brief Discussion: Police Training & Crisis Intervention – A Black Child with Schizophrenia, Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA (Live Audience Recording) · 
  • Tonisha M. Pinckney. (2016) Intimate Partner Violence – Why Do They Stay, Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA (Live Audience Recording) · 
  • Tonisha M. Pinckney. (2016). Stakeholder Address at Department of Correction Internship Program Forum, Department of Correction Headquarters, Milford, MA · 
  • Tonisha M. Pinckney. (2016). Truth in Policing: Heal and Be Healed, Organizer and Moderator, Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA · 
  • Tonisha M. Pinckney. (2016).  Policing Minorities with Mental Illness, Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Session, Worcester Police Department, Worcester, MA · 
  • Tonisha M. Pinckney. (2016). (Guest Lecture) Victimization and Offenses – Interpersonal Violence, Salem State University, Salem, MA · 
  • Tonisha M. Pinckney. (2016). (Guest Lecture) An Overview of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victimization, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA · 
  • Tonisha M. Pinckney. (2016). Surviving Survival: A Discussion of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Massasoit Community College, Brockton, MA · 
  • Tonisha M. Pinckney. (2016). Reaching Back, Moving Forward: Community and Policing, Community House of Prayer, Newark, NJ · 
  • Tonisha M. Pinckney. (2015). Transitioning from Pain to Progress: A College Pathways Session, Project Family Independence, Roxbury, MA · 
  • Tonisha M. Pinckney, Rashaan Hall, Larry Ellison, Chief Daniel O’Leary, Eddy Chrispin, A. R. Ellison, and Renee Payne-Callender. (2015). Truth in Policing: Race, Gender, and Urban Violence, Panel creation and facilitation at Newbury College, Brookline, MA · 
  • Tonisha M. Pinckney, Dan Lebowitz. (2015). Sports, Crime, and Justice, Panel creation and facilitation at Newbury College, Brookline, MA  · 
  • Tonisha M. Pinckney. (2014). Children Present on the Scene upon Police Arrival at an Intimate Partner Violence Incident: Race, Police Action, and Officer Initiated Social Support (Preliminary Results), Presentation at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences, Portsmouth, RI. · 
  • John Asagba, Tonisha M. Pinckney, and Edward Greenberg. (2014). Using Google Ngram to Evaluate Longitudinal Frequency Shifts in Crime-Related Terms. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences, Portsmouth, RI. ·
  •  Edward Greenberg, Tonisha M. Pinckney, and Malgorzata Zuber. (2014). Comparing the Crime Imageries of News Media and Video Games. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences, Portsmouth, RI. · 
  • Edward Greenberg, James J. Ness, Rafael Rojas Jr., Penny R. Shtull, Martin A. Greenberg, and Tonisha Pinckney. (2014). Ghosts and Law Enforcement. Presentation and roundtable at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Philadelphia, PA. · 
  • Tonisha Pinckney (2014). Dating Violence and Sexual Assault, Guest Speaker at University of Massachusetts - Lowell, Lowell, MA. · 
  • Tonisha Pinckney and Edward Greenberg. (2013). Attachment and Neutralization: Does Religion Play a Role in Continuing Intimate Partner Victimization? Presentation at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences, Portsmouth, RI. · 
  • Tonisha Pinckney (2014). Sexual Assault and Partner Violence among College Students, Guest Speaker at Sisters of Integrity Striving Towards Empowerment Respect and Success University of Massachusetts - Lowell, Lowell, MA. · 
  • Tonisha Pinckney (2013). Domestic Violence and Victimization, Panel Discussion at University of Massachusetts - Lowell, Lowell, MA. · 
  • Tonisha Pinckney (2012), Forensic Accounting Networking. Presentation and roundtable at the annual Kean University Accounting Symposium, Union, NJ. · 
  • Tonisha Pinckney (2011), Pathways to Careers in Accounting. Presentation and roundtable at the annual Kean University Accounting Symposium, Union, NJ. · 
  • Tonisha Pinckney (2010), Life after Graduation, Now What. Presentation at the annual Kean University Accounting Symposium, Union, NJ.  

Education

  • Doctorate   of Philosophy in Criminology and Justice Studies     2014 University of Massachusetts   at Lowell - School   of Criminology and Justice Studies  Concentrations:   (1) Crime, Offenders and Community | (2) Justice System and Policy Awarded Doctoral Teaching Fellowship   (2012-2013 & 2013-2014)  Dissertation: Children Present on the Scene upon Police Arrival at an Intimate Partner   Violence Incident:   Race, Police Action,   and Officer Initiated Social Support   
  • Master   of Science in Criminal Justice   2010   University of Cincinnati,   OH   Master   Thesis: Explaining White-Collar Crime in   Corporations   
  • Certificate   of Security Studies  University of Massachusetts   at Lowell  2012 Area of Concentration: Domestic and   International Terrorism   
  • Certificate   of Forensic Criminology  University of Massachusetts   at Lowell  2011 Area of Concentration: Criminal Mind and   Behavior/Criminal Profiling              
  • Cornell   University (via eCornell)   2010 Courses   for Executive Leadership  “Executive Decision Making” and  “Strategic   Thinking”  
  • Bachelor of   Science in Accounting (Cum Laude) Kean University,   NJ   2007     Other Areas of Concentration: Sociology,   Economics, Human Rights             
  • Static-99R   Assessment Certification- Static-99 is a ten item actuarial assessment   instrument created by R. Karl Hanson, Ph.D.  and David Thornton, Ph.D. for   use with adult male sexual offenders who are at least 18 years of age at the time of release to the community.   
  • Acute-2007   Assessment Certification - The Acute-2007 assessment measures   factors that can change over a period of weeks, days,  even hours that may indicate the   likelihood for sexual re-offending. The Acute 2007 consists of 7 areas of   acute risk that measure  the dynamic factors, including: Access to Victims, Hostility,   Sexual Preoccupations, Rejection of Supervision, Emotional Collapse,  Collapse of Social   Supports, and Substance Abuse.   
  • Stable-2007   Assessment Certification - The Stable-2007 is an instrument that measures   factors which are potentially changeable  but endure for months or years. The   Stable 2007 consists of a guided interview process covering 13 major areas of   stable risk in  the offender.   
  • Emerging   Leaders Program – Certificate of Completion   2014-2015 Graduate of the inaugural cohort of   Newbury College The   rigorous year-long college administration leadership program that provides an   opportunity for those selected to collaborate  with   and be mentored by individuals in every aspect of college administration   (including Cabinet and Trustees), with the ultimate  goal of improving   each participant's professional knowledge, technical abilities, leadership   qualities, and overall administrative  and management   skills.   
  • U.S. Department   of Homeland Security – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)     2012 Holds 16 Certificates of Accomplishment from the Emergency Management Institute List available upon request.   
  • National   Association of Certified Value Analyst (NACVA      2008 · MAFF – Certified   Master Analyst in Financial Forensics granted by NACVA upon passing   2   four-hour exams and fulfillment of educational requirements · 
  • Certificate of   Specialized Educational Advancement · Certificate: Forensic   Accounting and Investigative Methodology · Consultants   Training Institute (a division of NACVA)      2008 o Completed   Forensic Accounting Academy © o Trained   in Forensic Accounting/Investigative Methodology© o Forensic   Accounting for Financial Professionals © o Expert   Witness Bootcamp © 
  • Association   of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)     2008 CFE – Certified   Fraud Examiner designation granted by the ACFE upon passing the 4-part exam    
  • ADDITIONAL   COURSEWORK   William   James College (Formerly MSPP), MA The   Psychology of Leadership and Followership (3 credits) Leadership,   Use of Self, and Multicultural Competence (3 credits)   University of Massachusetts   at Lowell Security   Studies – Homeland Defense    

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Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed