Dean’s Message

Tamara Brown, Ph.D. Dean, College of Juvenile Justice & PsychologyWelcome to the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology at Prairie View A&M University. I invite you to explore our website or visit us on campus and discover how we are serving our students and society through our distinctive focus on young people and on bridging the worlds of psychology and juvenile justice.

National headlines and local news reports are full of examples of juvenile crime and derailed adolescent development. The question on everyone’s mind is what can be done? How can we prevent juvenile crime? What can we do to better address mental health needs so that we foster healthy social and emotional development in children and adolescents? How do we empower families and communities to provide the type of network that leads to success? These are the questions we focus on in the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology. Our mission is to prepare our students for citizenship in a global context, to provide degree and training programs that equip people to be agents of change, and to serve as the state and national resource for information on juvenile delinquency, crime and its prevention. We fulfill this mission through our three bachelor’s degrees (Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice with a specialization in Juvenile Justice, and Psychology), two masters degrees (Juvenile Forensic Psychology and Juvenile Justice), two doctoral degrees (Clinical Adolescent Psychology and Juvenile Justice), community training programs (e.g., continuing education/in-service training, truancy prevention, community legal education), and research.

I am inspired daily by the tireless commitment of our faculty and staff in producing productive people who will make a difference in the world and help society find answers to its most perplexing puzzles. As you peruse our website, I hope you will become inspired to partner with us in pursuit of this goal.

Tamara L. Brown, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Juvenile Justice & Psychology

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