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Dr. Amanda Farrell
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Contact Information

Rowley G136
(703) 284-1624

Academic Credentials

BA, Marymount University
MA, Sam Houston State University
MSc, University of Liverpool
PhD, Old Dominion University
Teaching Interests:
  • Policing
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Forensic Science

Research Interests:
  • Policing, specifically Use of Deadly Force, Officer Survivability and Officer Wellness
  • Criminal Investigations, specifically Homicide Investigations, Female Serial Murderers, Offender Classification and Crime Assessment, Field Forensics, and Forensic Science
  • Drugs and Drug Policy, specifically Policy Intersections with Gender, Race and Class, and Media Portrayals of Drug Users
  • Qualitative Research Methods and Mixed Methods Research Design


Dr. Amanda Farrell’s work—teaching and research—seek to balance academic and practitioner interests and concerns.  Her research falls under the broad area of policing, generally dealing the areas of officer wellness and stress and investigative concerns.  Dr. Farrell has recently conducted qualitative research on the impact a single officer-involved shooting has on the officer and those closest to them.  She has also recently collaborated on several projects with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Units as an ORISE research fellow.  Previous research has examined topics ranging from exploratory work on female serial murderers to media depiction of crime in news magazine covers.  Dr. Farrell teaches Principles of Forensics 1 and Writing for Criminal Justice.