BA, Marymount University
MA, Sam Houston State University
MSc, University of Liverpool
PhD, Old Dominion University
- Criminal Investigations
- Crime Scene Investigations and Forensic Science
- Writing in Criminal Justice
- Mental Health and Resilience in Criminal Justice Professionals, specifically first responders, investigators, and forensic personnel
- Policing, specifically Use of Deadly Force, Officer Survivability and Resilience, and Officer Wellness
- Criminal Investigations, specifically Homicide Investigations, Investigative Best Practices, Sexual Behavior and Consent, Female Serial Murderers, Offender Classification and Crime Assessment, Field Forensics, and Forensic Science
- Qualitative Research Methods and Mixed Methods Research Design
Amanda L. Farrell is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Sciences, Mathematics, and Education at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, and has recently been a consultant to the Department of Justice working on the Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories.
She received her Ph.D. from Old Dominion University in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and holds a Master of Science in Investigative Psychology from the University of Liverpool, as well as a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Sam Houston State University.She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling as a part-time student at Marymount University, where she also graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts degree as a Criminal Justice and Sociology double major.
Her experience in the criminal justice field is varied and started at an early age as a member of a first-responder family.As an undergraduate, she interned with the Metropolitan Police Service in the United Kingdom. During her MSc and PhD programs, she interned with a mid-sized police department, primarily in the detective division and with field forensics. This internship spanned just over six years, working anywhere from eight to 60 hours per week, dependent on agency needs and her teaching and class schedules.She has worked many crime scenes with forensic personnel and other investigators, informally consulted on several homicide investigations in various jurisdictions, assisted with instruction at both the police academy and in-service training, and has been a guest lecturer on practitioner partnerships to research stress and trauma at the FBI's National Academy.She has also been Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trained and has completed the three ICISF courses recommended for peer support and basic Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) teams. During the last year of her doctorate, she was an ORISE research fellow for the FBI assigned to the Behavioral Analysis Units (BAUs) under the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), where she worked on projects related to abducted and murdered children, violent crimes against adults, and mass shooting/mass casualty incidents. Throughout her career to date, she has built an extensive professional network, which she often leverages to benefit her students and the criminal justice program at Marymount University.
Dr. Farrell has served on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Liberal Arts Core Committee (LACC) for Marymount University.Starting in the 2019-2020 academic year, Dr. Farrell is serving the university community as the IRB chair and also works with the Criminal Justice Living Learning Community (CJLLC), a partnership between the Criminal Justice Department and the Office of Campus Residential Services (OCRS). To the larger community, Dr. Farrell has consulted with several police and criminal justice agencies on topics related to investigations, stress, and resilience, as well as serving as a researcher and/or consultant on several Department of Justice projects.She is also on the General Section Reference Committee for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, has provided as editorial assistance for the Journal of Juvenile Justice, and reviews for several academic publications.
In her current position, she teaches undergraduate students in the Criminal Justice program and in the Forensics and Criminal Investigations minor, which she helped develop. Her research and teaching interests include homicide, criminal investigations, field forensics, human sexuality, policing, and stress, trauma and resilience, with her dissertation seeking to holistically explore officer mental health and resilience, particularly in the context of police use of deadly force incidents. Her recent work demonstrates expanded interest in stress/trauma and resilience, particularly with regard to more broad investigative contexts and to the forensic science workforce.In addition to contributing to two FBI publications, her work can be found in Psychology of Men and Masculinities (forthcoming), Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, Gender Issues, Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, Homicide Studies, and International Criminal Justice Review. She also has written a chapter on the law enforcement perspective on mass shooting events in Jacklyn Schildkraut's edited text, Mass Shootings in America: Understanding the Debates, Causes, and Responses, and has both run and co-taught three pre-conference workshops for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), with a fourth accepted for the 2020 Annual Meeting of AAFS.