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Melanie Mogavero

Melanie Clark Mogavero, PhD

Assistant Professor – Program Director: MA Criminal Justice & Human Rights


Arts & Sciences


Criminal Justice, Anthropology, Sociology, & Human Rights

Office Location:

Jeffries Hall 109

Office Hours:

Spring 2022 Office Hours: Mon 11am-12pm & 1p,-2pm; Tue 11:00a,-12:00pm, Thur 11:00am-12:00pm or by appointment Schedule Appointments Here

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy – Criminal Justice – Rutgers, State University of New Jersey: Newark, NJ
  • Master of Arts – Forensic Psychology – Russell Sage College: Sage Graduate School: Albany, NY
  • Bachelor of Arts – Psychology – State University of New York at Albany: Albany, NY

Professional Experience

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Aug 2015-present – Georgian Court University, Department of Criminal Justice, Anthropology, Sociology, and Human Rights
  • Graduate Program Director, MA in Criminal Justice and Human Rights-  June 2019-present –  Georgian Court University, Department of Criminal Justice, Anthropology, Sociology, and Human Rights
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Aug 2014-May 2015 – University of Bridgeport, Department of Criminal Justice and Human Security
  • Part-time Lecturer, July 2008-May 2011 – Rutgers University, School of Criminal Justice
  • Adjunct Professor, Sept 2008- Dec 2008 – Ramapo State College of New Jersey, Department of Law and Society

Q: “What do you love most about teaching at GCU?”


Students are GCU are indeed very special.  I find that they are very diverse and come from various backgrounds.  This keeps class discussions interesting, and I find I learn from my students, sometimes as much as they learn from me…. But I would have to say that the one thing I love most about teaching is watching students learn and grow.  There is probably nothing more rewarding to me than watching students succeed and reach or even exceed their potential.  I admit I do have high standards and push my students to work hard (and sometimes they do not like it)…but if standards are low, then students may never know what they can accomplish.  In the end, they are able to achieve what they never believed was possible.

Student Quote:

“Dr. Mogavero and the rest of the staff at GCU have been nothing but amazing, they pushed me to be the best student I could be. I highly recommend GCU and the entire Criminal Justice Department. I appreciate the doors the Criminal Justice Department has opened for me, their kindness, and hard work. I even interviewed for the FBI thanks to GCU!! I cannot thank Dr. Mogavero enough for pushing me to do my best.” – C. Russo, Class of 2020

Research / Creativity Interest Area

 Dr. Mogavero’s research is predominantly on sexual offending, sex offender policy, Autism Spectrum Disorder and sexuality, and persons with disabilities in the criminal justice system.   


Peer-reviewed Academic Journals:

  1. Mogavero, M.C. (2020). An exploratory examination of intellectual disability and mental illness associated with alleged false confessions.  Behavioral Sciences & The Law, 38(4), 299-316.
  2. Mogavero, M. C. & Hsu, K. H. (2020).  Dating and courtship behaviors among those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Sexuality and Disability, 38, 355-364.   https:/
  3. Mogavero, M.C.  (2019).  What do criminal justice students know about autism?  An exploratory study among future professionals.  Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 34(4), 428-438. https:/
  4. Mogavero, M.C., & Hsu, K. H. (2018).  Sex offender mobility: An Application of crime pattern theory among child sex offenders.  Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 30(8), 908-931.
  5. Mogavero, M. C. & Hsu, K. H.  (2018).  Autism Spectrum Disorder and harassment: An application of attribution theory.  International Journal of Criminology and Sociology, 7, 260-274.
  6. Mogavero, M.C., & Kennedy, L. W. (2017).  The social and geographic patterns of sexual offending: Is sex offender residence restriction legislation practical?  Victims & Offenders, 12(3): 401-433.
  7. Mogavero, M.C. (2016).  Autism, sexual offending, and the criminal justice system.  Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behavior, 7(3), 116-126.

Book Chapters/Encyclopedia Entries:

  1. Mogavero, M.C. (2021). “Passing the Trash,” In Sexual Harassment and Misconduct: An Encyclopedia.  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC/CLIO.
  2. Mogavero, M.C. (2021). “Affirmative Consent Laws,” In Sexual Harassment and Misconduct: An Encyclopedia.  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC/CLIO.
  3. Mogavero, M.C.  (2019).  “Female Sexual Predators,” In The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Women and Crime. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
  4. Mogavero, M.C.  (2017).  “Teddy Roosevelt’s Fight against Police Corruption,” In The Use and Abuse of Police Power in America: Historical Milestones and Current Controversies. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC/CLIO.

Book Reviews:

  1. Mogavero, M.C. (2020, March). [Review of the book The Psychology of False Confessions: Forty Years of Science and Practice, by G.H. Gudjonsson].  Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books.
  2. Mogavero, M.C. (2018, January).  [Review of the book Contemporary Issues in Victimology: Identifying Patterns and Trends, edited by C. M. Hilinsji-Rosick and D. R. Lee]. Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books.
  3. Mogavero, M.C. (2017, January).  [Review of the book Implied Consent and Sexual Assault: Intimate Relationships, Autonomy, and Voice, by M. Plaxton].  Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books.
  4. Mogavero, M.C. (2016, September).  [Review of the book Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Beyond Victims and Villains, by A. Lutnick].  Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books.
  5. Mogavero, M.C. (2016, January).  [Review of the book In Cold Storage: Murder and Sex on the Plains, by J. W. Hewitt].  Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books.
  6. Mogavero, M. C. (2016, January).  [Review of the book The Common Language of Homicide and Suicide: Evidence of the Value of Durkheim’s Typologies, by J. M. Bozeman].  Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books.

Professional Conferences:

  1. Mogavero, M. C. (2021). Autism, Sexual Offending, and the Criminal Justice System. Sexuality in Neurodivergent Individuals.  The University at Salford.
  2. Mogavero, M. C. (2020). Taking Stock of Wrongful Convictions: A Conjunctive Analysis of The National Registry of Exonerations.  Paper Accepted at the American Society of Criminology 76th Annual Meeting, Washington D.C. (meeting canceled due to COVID-19)
  3. Mogavero, M. C.(2019). An Exploratory Examination of Cognitive Ability and Other Legal and Extra-legal Risk Factors Associated with False Confessions. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology 75th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  4. Mogavero, M. C. & Hsu, K. H. (2018).  Autism and Persistent Courtship: A Test of Attribution Theory.  Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology 74th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
  5. Mogavero, M. C. & Hsu, K. H. (2017).  Attribution Model of Stalking and Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology 73rd Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  6. Hsu, K. H., & Mogavero, M. C. (2017). Dating and Persistent Courtship Behaviors among those on the Autism Spectrum.   Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology 73rd Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  7. Mogavero, M. C. (2016).  A Comparison of the Sexually Violent Predator Acts: New Jersey and Florida. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology 72nd Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  8. Mogavero, M. C. (2015).  The Social and Geographic Patterns of Sexual Offending: Questioning the Practicality of Residence Restriction Legislation. Paper presented
Current Projects:
  1. Mogavero, M. C., Hsu, K. H. & Bolger, P. C. Taking stock of felony convictions based on false accusations: A conjunctive analysis using the national registry of exonerations.
  2. Mogavero, M.C., Finrich, A., Patel, R., & Etzi, S. (projected release 2022). Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Sexual Offending, In Best Practices in Sexual Offender Assessment and Management (Eds.),   Tully, R., Bohall, G., &  Singh, J.  Springer Publishers.
  3. Autism and the Criminal Justice System

Additional Information

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Courses Taught at GCU

        • CJ511 Research Design
        • CJ510 Criminal Justice Research Methods
        • CJ565: Selected Topics: Sex Crimes
        • CJ565: Selected Topics: Independent Research
        • CJ520 Victimology
        • CJ590 Capstone
        • CJ410 Independent Research in Criminal Justice
        • CJ401 Sex Crimes
        • CJ331 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
        • CJ353 Victimology
        • WS311 Shaping Lives: Women and Gender
        • CJ231 Juvenile Justice
        • SO201 Social Statistics
        • CJ200 Theories of Crime
        • CJ111 The Criminal Justice System
        • CJ110 Writing in Criminal Justice

Service and Contributions to Georgian Court University

        • Arts & Sciences Curriculum Committee
          • Committee Chair (AY 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020)
          • Secretary (AY 2015-2016)
        • Student Concerns Committee (AY 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2021-2022)
        • Student Retention Committee (AY 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022)
        • Task Force: Preferred Name Policy
        • Faculty Search Committee: History & Politics (AY 2019-2020)
        • Faculty Search Committee: Integrative Health (AY 2018-2019)
        • Faculty Search Committee: Chair: Criminal Justice (AY 2017-2018)
        • Faculty Search Committee: Exercise Science (AY 2016-2017)
        • Staff Assistant Search Committee: Social Work/Criminal Justice (Sum. 2019)
        • General Education Curriculum Committee (AY 2016-2017, 2017-2018)
        • Strategic Compass Committee: Intellectual Experiences (AY 2016-2017)

Non-academic Positions

        • Medicaid Service Coordinator – Alternative Living Group: Schenectady, NY
          • Provided advocacy and assistance to people with developmental disabilities in gaining access to necessary services and supports appropriate to their needs and goals.  These responsibilities were conducted to the standards of New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD; formally OMRDD), and the United States Government Medicaid program.
        • Intensive Case Manager – St. Catherine’s Center for Children: Albany, NY
          • Worked in conjunction with the New York State Department of Social Services and New York State Child Protective Services to provide advocacy and assistance to families with special needs.  Assistance and advocacy included assessing barriers to become  stable and self-sufficient and assisted in obtaining necessary services.
        • Teacher Assistant – St. Colman’s School: Watervliet, NY
          • Taught a variety of academics to children ages 6-14 with Autism Spectrum Disorders according to their needs and Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
        • Internship/Practicum
          • Psychologist Intern, under the supervision of Dr. Paul Shapiro – Capital District Psychiatric Center, Albany, NY
          • Group Therapy, Individual Counseling, Psychological Assessments
        • Undergraduate Research 
          • Psychology Research Assistant, under the supervision of Dr. James Tedeschi – State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY

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