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Cecilia Allan
B.A., Psychology, University of Waterloo

Cecilia is an international student from Canada in her second year of the Master’s of Forensic Mental Health Counseling program at John Jay. She graduated with a B.A in Psychology from the University of Waterloo, where she received a research intensive specialization and double minored in legal studies and human resources management. Cecilia recently completed her master’s thesis with Dr. Calkins, examining mental health professionals’ opinions towards, and use of, paraphilic diagnoses in sexual offender civil commitment hearings. As part of the SORL, Cecilia co-led a project for the Legal Aid Society using empirical data to examine the validity of the current New York State risk assessment tool for sex offenders. Cecilia’s research interests include controversial paraphilic diagnoses, sexually violent predator civil commitment, victim-offender duality, grooming, and risk assessments.

 

Maria Bates
B.A. Psychology, St. Cloud State University

Maria is a first-year student in the Master’s of Forensic Psychology program at John Jay. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the St. Cloud State University. Maria’s research interests include sexual assault, survivor experiences of sexual violence, and public perceptions of sexual abuse.

 

 

Megan Korovich
B.A., Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology, Towson University

Megan is a second-year student in the Forensic Psychology M.A. program at John Jay. She received her B.A. from Towson University with a dual degree in Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology with a concentration in Criminal Justice, and a minor in German. Megan’s research interests include sexual violence, victim-offender duality, and advocacy within the criminal justice system. Under Dr. Jeglic and Dr. Calkins she is working on a project for the Legal Aid Society evaluating research to inform the usefulness of the current NY State risk assessment tool for sex offenders.

 

Alec May
B.A. Law B.S. Psychology, Purdue University

Alec is originally from Indiana.  He graduated from Purdue University in May 2019 and received a B.A in Law and Society and a B.S in Psychology. He will graduate from  John Jay with a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology in December of 2020. He is interested in the criminal justice system and plans to work in law enforcement once he graduates.

 

 

Emily Murtha
B.A., Psychology, James Madison University

Emily is a first year student in the Forensic Psychology M.A. program at John Jay. She received her B.A. from James Madison University with a degree in psychology and a minor in criminal justice. Emily is currently employed at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT as a psychiatric nursing assistant. Her research interests include sexual violence and paraphilic diagnoses.

 

 

Ruby Orth
B.A. Psychology, Salisbury University

Ruby is a first year student in the Forensic Psychology M.A. program at John Jay. She graduated from Salisbury University with a B.A. in Psychology where she conducted and published several studies on sexual perpetrator empathy. Ruby’s research interests include the risk assessment of juvenile sex offenders, reducing the school to prison pipeline and treatment for non-offending pedophiles. She is currently developing a study under Dr. Jeglic on sexually violent predators experiences with civil commitment. 

 

Chloé Pugnetti
BSc, Psychology Major and Biology Minor, Concordia University, Canada

Chloé received her BSc in Psychology, with a minor in Biology from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. She is currently a second year Forensic Master student from Maastricht University, Holland, doing a research internship at John Jay under the supervision of Dr Jeglic. Chloé will be writing her thesis on the characteristics and consequences of Image-based Sexual Abuse, more commonly known as Revenge Porn. Her research interests are very broad and she would like to work with law enforcements and government agencies after graduation.

 

Jainee Smith
B.A, Psychology, Hunter College

Jainee is a first year student in the Forensic Mental Health Counseling program at John Jay. She received her B.A from Hunter College in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Jainee’s research interests include civil commitment and  SVP’s, and why assault victims stay in touch with their attackers.