Ph.D. candidate in Psychology and Law
Field of study: investigative decision making, and the administration and assessment of training for law enforcement officers
Dissertation topic: Investigative decision making and its relationship with critical thinking skills, thinking styles, and law enforcement experience
Bio: Teresa Curmi graduated summa cum laude with honors from Marymount Manhattan College, where she earned her B.A. in Psychology and a certificate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. She later earned her M.A. in Forensic Psychology and received the Elaine Noel Award for academic excellence in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Teresa is now a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology and Law at the CUNY Graduate Center and John Jay College, and a member of the Investigative Psychology Research Unit at John Jay College. She is currently working on her dissertation project, focusing on how individuals make decisions in criminal investigations, with the goal of better understanding the types of thinking skills and styles that may be important contributors to recruitment, development, and training in law enforcement. She is also interested in the design, administration, and assessment of training for law enforcement officers. Her professional background includes seven years at a pharmaceutical company working in Account Management and Business Informatics Management, and two years working as a College Assistant and Outreach Coordinator for Student Academic Success Programs at John Jay College.Teresa has served as an adjunct instructor at John Jay College and at Marymount Manhattan College. At the beginning of 2019, Teresa became a Fellow for the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, and she recently also assumed the role of Fellows Coordinator for the program.