Marina Sorochinski

Assistant Professor
Dr. Marina Sorochinski is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the Division of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Homeland Security. She is an investigative psychologist, who received her PhD Psychology (with specialization in Psychology & Law) from CUNY Graduate Center, and her MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Sorochinski's main area of specialty and expertise is in applying psychological principles and rigorous empirical methods to improving police investigations.
She has extensive experience leading research projects, teaching and mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students.
She has worked in collaboration with national and international academic faculty as well as government agencies, including the FBI and South African Police Service.

Her research broadly focuses on behavioral analysis of victimization patterns in violent and sexual crimes for the purpose of improving the investigation of these types of crime. She is currently moving ahead with a major undertaking in an emerging area of the Social and Criminal Justice’s as well as the Legal System’s agendas, notably, technology-facilitated gender/sexual violence. Some of her research and especially her community service agenda also includes work on raising awareness about and advocating for the wrongfully convicted.

She has been the recipient of multiple scholarships and awards, including a research fellowship from the National Institute of Justice and publishes and presents her research widely.

Dr. Marina Sorochinski’s research focuses on behavioral consistency/inconsistency and identification of behavioral trajectories and victimization patterns in violent crime; development of linkage and evidence-based profiling models in serial violent and sexual crimes; cyber-sexual abuse patterns; investigative bias and its role in wrongful convictions.

Dr. Sorochinski is an avid and passionate educator who believes that a vital part of being a successful teacher is the ability to not only effectively deliver the material, but also to empower students to strive high and give them the tools and skills that will help them succeed far beyond the classroom.

Courses Taught

CRJ
2000
INTRO CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
CRJ
2001
THEORIES OF CRIME
CRJ
3102
FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
CRJ
4102
FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY II
HCL
301
SEL TOPICS: CRIMINAL JUSTICE