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Melissa Morabito

Melissa Morabito

Melissa Morabito, Criminal Justice and Criminology

Associate Professor
Health and Social Sciences Building #485


Policing and Police Organizations, Public Health and Mental Illness, Comparative Policing, Gender

Research Interest

Melissa Morabito, Ph.D. conducts research on the adoption of police innovation concentrating on issues of technology, diversity and police response to public health problems in the community such as mental illness and domestic violence. 

Educational Background

B.A.: University of Pennsylvania
M.S.W: Columbia University, School of Social Work 
Ph.D.: American University


Melissa Morabito, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. in Justice, Law and Society from American University and was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health funded Center for Mental Health Services and Criminal Justice Research. She has extensive experience with police agencies. Morabito has worked with the Philadelphia and Chicago police departments and most recently was Principal Investigator on the National Institute of Justice funded project, "Reliably predicting the location, time, and likelihood of future criminal activity in Boston” (2009-DE-BX-K219). This research project was a joint venture with the Boston Police Department to develop and adopt a predictive policing approach to preventing property crime in the City of Boston. Prior to her academic career, Morabito was a policy analyst at the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.