Dr. Michael Pittaro

    Expert in Cyber and Human Trafficking Investigations

    Specialties

    • Criminal Justice
    • Public Safety
    • Public Administration
    • Transformational Leadership
    • Stress and Suicide among Criminal Justice Professionals
    • Criminology
    • Corrections
    • Human Trafficking
    • Sexual Offenders
    • Cybersecurity
    • Physical/Emotional Wellness for Criminal Justice Professionals
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Law Enforcement

    About Dr. Michael Pittaro

    Dr. Michael Pittaro is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice within the School of Security and Global Studies and as adjunct professor with East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.

    Mike is a 28-year criminal justice veteran, highly experienced in working with criminal offenders. Before pursuing a career in higher education, Mike worked in corrections administration; has served as the Executive Director of a county outpatient drug and alcohol facility; and was the Executive Director of a county drug and alcohol prevention agency.

    Mike has been teaching at the university level (online and on-campus) for the past 15 years while also serving internationally as an author, editor, presenter, and subject matter expert.

    Mike holds a B.S. in criminal justice (Who’s Who Among University Students – 1989); an MPA in public administration (Summa Cum Laude); and a Ph.D. in criminal justice (4.0 GPA – Summa Cum Laude).

    Mike has contributed to nearly 100 book and scholarly journal publications and serves on three International Editorial Advisory Boards, including the International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, the International Journal of Cyber Criminology, and on the Academic Advisory Council / Journal with Karnavati University’s United School of Law, India.

    Mike has also served for the past three years as a program committee member for the South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology and as a federal grant peer reviewer for the United States Department of Justice and National Institute of Justice. Mike also serves as a corrections subject matter expert with Pearson Publishing, Savant Learning, McGraw Hill, Cengage Learning, and countless others. Mike is a regular contributor to In Public Safety, Corrections One, the Huffington Post, and is often interviewed on Tier Talk Internet radio.

    Mike resides in Nazareth, Pennsylvania with his two sons (Dakota and Darrian).

    Contributor: In Public Safety, Spirit of Jefferson, Tier Talk Radio, In Military, About Leaders, Online Student Learning Tips’
    Background: Assistant professor of Criminal Justice within the School of Security and Global Studies; 29-year criminal justice veteran; highly experienced in working with criminal offenders in a variety of settings; 15+ years of experience as an international lecturer, author, editor, and subject matter expert.

    Visiting Professor: Karnavati University’s United World School of Law, Gujarat, India – July 2017

    EDITORIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

    Karnavati University’s United World School of Law, India.  2017 – Present
    Academic Advisory Council
    Jury of Awards – Prof. Stanley Yeldell New Researcher Excellence Award -2016
    South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology
    National Institute of Justice – 2015
    Peer Reviewer of Federal Grants for FY2015
    US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention – 2014
    Peer Reviewer for federal grant applications – Anti-Gang Strategies and Initiatives
    South Asian Society on Criminology and Victimology – 2012 – Present
    Program Committee Member
    Cyber Crime and Digital Disorder (Wrote the Foreword) – Manonmaniam Sundaranar University –  2011
    Criminal Investigation (Lyman)- PowerPoint Text Development – Pearson Publishing  – 2011
    Criminal Justice (Fagin) 2011 – PowerPoint Text Development – Pearson Publishing   – 2011
    No Offence! – International Sexual Offender Group Moderator – 2011
    Policing Today – Line Art, Graphics Editor – Prentice Hall – 2011
    Juvenile Delinquency – Line Art, Graphics Editor – Prentice Hall – 2011
    Comparative Criminal Justice Book Review – Cengage – 2011
    Copyeditor – Private Security – Cengage Publishing – 2nd and 3rd Edition   – 2009 – 2010
    United States Department of Justice – Office of Justice Programs Peer Reviewer  – 2009
    ·       International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences Editorial Advisory Board (http://www.ijcjs.co.nr/)  2007 – Present

    International Journal of Cyber Criminology Editorial Advisory Board 2008 – Present
    Honors

     

    §  Warrior Academic Impact Award.  East Stroudsburg University – April 30, 2017

    §  Faculty Spotlight. American Military University – 2017

    §  Educator of the Year.  North Star Award presented at the June 2015 APUS graduation.

    §  Nominee for the 2014 UPCEA Excellence in Teaching Award – American Public University – 2014

    §  Outstanding Faculty / Excellence in Teaching Award – American Public University – June 2013

    §  Leadership Lehigh Valley – Class of 2013 * One of 30 selected to represent the entire Lehigh Valley region in the Leadership Lehigh Valley Class of 2013.

    §  Featured Community Safety Advocate – Lehigh Valley Style Magazine – September 2012

    §  Doctorate Ambassador – Capella University

    §  Alpha Phi Sigma – The National Criminal Justice Honor Society – 4.0 GPA Doctoral Student

    Media Appearances

    Let’s Talk Leadership. (March 31, 2016).
    Transformational Leadership and the Culture of Corrections (2016, February 10) [Interview by A. Gangi]. Newark, New Jersey: Tier Talk Radio.
    Suicide Among Correctional Officers and Leadership (2015, September 21) [Internet broadcast]. In Tier Talk. New Jersey: Anthony Gangi (Host -Tier Talk).

    Published Works

    Addressing the Lack of Research on Male Childhood Sexual Abuse
    Pittaro, M., In Public Safety, July 31, 2017
    Why Sessions Mandatory Minimums Directive Is a Step Backwards
    Pittaro, M., In Public Safety, June 12, 2017
    The Importance of Emotional Wellness in Criminal Justice
    Pittaro, M., In Public Safety, June 2, 2017
    How Do Corrections Leaders Spot Employees Susceptible to Corruption?
    Wyllie, D., Corrections One, April 28, 2017
    Inspiring a New Generation of Leaders
    Pittaro, M., March 17, 2017
    Could Early Lead Exposure Contribute to Crime and Delinquency?
    Pittaro, M., Could Early Lead Exposure Contribute to Crime and Delinquency?, March 1, 2017
    Pornography and Global Sex Trafficking: A Proposal for Therapeutic Jurisprudence as Court Innovation in the United States
    Pittaro, M., Therapeutic jurisprudence and overcoming violence against women, 121-134, D. Halder & K. Jaishankar Eds., , March 1, 2017
    Why Some Correctional Employees Are Corrupt
    Pittaro, M., February 6, 2017
    How Emotional Intelligence Benefits Correctional Officers
    Pittaro, M., How Emotional Intelligence Benefits Correctional Officers, January 5, 2017
    Is Inmate Unity a Direct Threat to Safety and Security?
    Gangi, A., & Pittaro, M., Huffington Post - Pros and Cons of Inmate Unity [Interviewed for this article], September 3, 2016
    Professor Gives Students 16 Secrets to Success
    Pittaro, M., August 21, 2016
    Rise in Elderly Prisoners Requires Resources and Training
    Pittaro, M., Rise in Elderly Prisoners, August 15, 2016
    Role of Pornography in Sex Trafficking
    Pittaro, M., July 6, 2016
    International Efforts by Police Leadership to Combat Human Trafficking
    Pittaro, M., & Normore, A., the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. International Efforts by Police Leadership to Combat Human Trafficking, June 8, 2016
    It's "Correctional Officer," Not Guard
    Gangi, A., Pittaro, M., & Stallworth, R., Huffington Post, May 8, 2016
    Correctional Leaders Must Change Their Leadership Style
    Stelter, L., & Pittaro, M, In Public Safety, April 7, 2016
    Transformational Leadership Can Change the Culture of Corrections
    Stelter, L., & Pittaro, M., In Public Safety, March 19, 2016
    Professor Burnout: Implications for University Leadership
    Pittaro, M., & McCabe, H., About Leaders, March 9, 2016
    From Convict to Community Leader: One Man’s Journey toward Personal Redemption
    Pittaro, M., & Batts, H., In Public Safety, February 26, 2016
    A Year in Review: The Most Important Topics in Corrections
    Pittaro, M., In Public Safety, L. Stelter, Ed., January 5, 2016
    Corrections System Fails Female Prisoners: One Woman's Story
    Pittaro, M., In Public Safety, December 9, 2015
    The Challenges of Incarcerating Mentally Ill Inmates
    Pittaro, M., In Public Safety, December 7, 2015
    Prisons Going Green
    Pittaro, M., In Public Safety, October 16, 2015
    Stress and Suicide
    Pittaro, M., American Jail Association, September / October 2015 Issue), 25-28., October 15, 2015
    Corrections System Fails Female Prisoners: One Woman's Story
    Pittaro, M., In Public Safety, August 13, 2015
    Combating human trafficking: Recommendations for police leadership in establishing transnational collaboration
    Pittaro, M., In A. Normore & N. Erbe, Cross Cultural Collaboration and Leadership for Modern Organization. Hershey, PA: IGI Global., August 1, 2015
    Should Prisoners be Entitled to Pell Grants to Help Pay for College?
    Pittaro, M., In Public Safety, May 27, 2015
    Fighting human trafficking is a job for all of us
    Pittaro, M., Spirit of Jefferson, p. A7, May 6, 2015
    Improve Your Facility by Changing Your Leadership Style
    Pittaro, M., In Public Safety, April 9, 2015
    Sexual Abuse Survival and Recovery
    Pittaro, M., In Public Safety, April 7, 2015
    Serving Our Country to Serving Time: The Rise and Value of Veteran Treatment Courts
    Pittaro, M. & Russ, J., In Public Safety, March 6, 2015
    States Should Prioritize Education over Incarceration
    Pittaro, M., In Public Safety, February 20, 2015
    Stress Management Strategies for Correctional Officers
    Pittaro, M., In Public Safety, January 1, 2015
    Suicide among Corrections Officers: It’s Time for An Open Discussion
    Pittaro, M., In Public Safety, January 1, 2015
    Interview with Michael Pittaro
    Pittaro, M., (Criminal Justice Expert). Interviewed by ItsGov.com, November 1, 2014
    Surge in Elderly Prisoners Poses Challenges for Nation’s Prisons
    Pittaro, M., In Public Safety, October 20, 2014
    National Cyber Security Month: Protecting Children from Online Predators
    Pittaro, M., In Public Safety, October 20, 2014
    Sexual Predators: From the Playground to Cyberspace
    Pittaro, M., In Public Safety, September 1, 2013
    Because I get to make a difference in my community
    Pittaro, M., CEOBlogNation, June 1, 2013
    Indian Prisons: Towards Reformation, rehabilitation and resocialization
    Pittaro, M., Authored the Foreword, 2012
    Cyber Crime and Digital Disorder
    Pittaro, M., Authored the Foreword, 2011
    Cyber Criminology: Exploring Internet Crimes and Criminal Behavior
    Pittaro, M., Taylor and Francis Publishing: Boca Raton, FL. Chapter 16 titled, Cyber Stalking: Typology, Etiology, and Victims, 2011
    Criminology – Academic Reference Guide
    Pittaro, M., BarCharts, Inc, Boca Raton, Florida. EAN: 9781423214236, 2011
    Introduction to Private Security
    Dempsey, J, Cengage Publishing: Belmont, CA. Copyeditor for 1st and 2nd editions, 2nd ed., 2010
    Cybercrime: Selected readings from the InfoTrac database for college students
    Pittaro, M., Cengage Publishing: Belmont, CA., 2009
    International Perspectives on Crime and Justice
    Pittaro, M., Cambridge Scholars Publications: New Castle, U.K. Chapter 18 titled, Childhood Bullying: A Pervasive Social Problem – Pages 419-439 ISBN -13: 978-1-4438-0198-0 / ISBN: 1-4438-0198-4 , 2009
    Prisoner reintegration challenges of assimilation and crime desistance
    Pittaro, M., Professional Issues in Criminal Justice. 3(2), 49-66, 2008
    School violence and social control theory: An evaluation of the Columbine massacre
    Pittaro, M., International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, 2008
    Cyberstalking: An analysis of online harassment and intimidation
    Pittaro, M., International Journal of Cyber Criminology, 3(2), May 1, 2008
    Crimes of the Internet
    Schmalleger, F. & Pittaro, M., Prentice Hall Publishing: Upper Saddle River, NJ. Co-Author / Editor. SBN-10: 0132318865 / ISBN-13: 9780132318860 http://www.amazon.com/Crimes-Internet-Frank-Schmalleger/dp/0132318865, March 1, 2008
    Police Occupational Stress and Its Impact on Community Relations
    Pittaro, M., Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. 17(149-67), January 1, 2008
    The American criminal justice system: An academic reference guide
    Pittaro, M., Created the nation’s first and only criminal justice academic reference guide Over 30,000 copies sold to date! ISBN: 9781423203056 BarCharts, Incorporated: Boca Raton, Florida. ISBN: 9781423203056, June 1, 2007
    Female Offenders and Solitary Confinement. In the Encyclopedia of Women and Crime
    Pittaro, M., Vol. 1, p. TBD Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell., July 9, 2005
    Pornography’s Role in Sex Trafficking
    Pittaro, M., Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Overcoming Violence Against Women, Hershey, PA: IGI Global, D. Halder & K. Jaishankar, , July 9, 2005
    Cyberbullying victimization and reporting: A correlational analysis based on the national crime victimization survey of 2012
    Pittaro, M., Doctoral dissertation, Retrieved from ProQuest., July 8, 2005
    Demystifying Female Perpetrated Sex Crimes against Children
    Pittaro, M., Sexual Assault Report, 19(1), 1-4., July 7, 2005
    Introduction to Private Security
    Pittaro, M., Introduction to Private Security, 1st Ed, Dempsey, J. S., Thomson Publishing: Belmont, CA. Assisted copyeditor, photo researcher, and contributed information throughout, particularly in regard to the Virginia Tech Shooting ISBN- 0-534-55873-9, June 29, 2005
    From Cellblock to Classroom: The Transition from Helpless to Helpful
    Pittaro, M., Academic Leader, September 1, 2004

    Conferences to Consider

    Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

    Annual

    various U.S. locations

    American Corrections Association

    Annual

    various U.S. locations

    American Jail Association

    Annual

    various U.S. locations

    Pennsylvania Association of Probation, Parole, and Corrections

    Annual

    Pennsylvania locations vary

    Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association

    Annual

    Regional locations vary

    American Society of Criminology

    Annual

    various U.S. locations

    Articles By Dr. Michael Pittaro