Maria Tcherni-Buzzeo, Ph.D.

Maria Tcherni-Buzzeo Headshot
Associate Professor
Criminal Justice
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences

Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, University at Albany, SUNY, 2011

M.S. in Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, 2002

B.A./M.A. in Psychology, Moscow State University (Russia), 1998

About Maria

Dr. Tcherni's research interests include examining crime trends and patterns, with a focus on structural causes of violence and homicide: poverty, education, and family structure, as well as the interplay of these factors with family-level factors like child abuse and neglect and with individual-level factors like mental health issues, tendencies towards risky behaviors, and life valuation. She is especially interested in developing and testing criminological theories to uncover hidden forces behind the observable crime trends and patterns. Dr. Tcherni's teaching interests include research methods, criminology, forensic psychology, and program evaluation.

Recently Published Books and Articles

Gottschalk, P., & Tcherni-Buzzeo, M. (2017). Reasons for gaps in crime reporting: The case of white-collar criminals investigated by private fraud examiners in Norway. Deviant Behavior, 38(3), 267-281. h​t​t​p​:​/​/​w​w​w​.​t​a​n​d​f​o​n​l​i​n​e​.​c​o​m​/​d​o​i​/​a​b​s​/​1​0​.​1​0​8​0​/​0​1​6​3​9​6​2​5.2016.1196993

Tcherni, M., Davies, A., Lopes, G., & Lizotte, A. (2016). The Dark Figure of Online Property Crime: Is Cyberspace Hiding a Crime Wave? Justice Quarterly, 33(5), 890-911. DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2014.994658

Bystrova, E., & Tcherni, M. (2015). Juvenile Justice in Russia. In M. Krohn & J. Lane (Eds.), The Handbook of Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (pp. 40-48). Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. h​t​t​p​:​/​/​w​w​w​.​w​i​l​e​y​.​c​o​m​/​W​i​l​e​y​C​D​A​/​W​i​l​e​y​T​i​t​l​e​/​p​r​o​d​u​c​t​C​d​-1118513177.html

Tcherni, M. (2014). Structural Determinants of Homicide. In A. C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research (pp. 6373-6383). Springer Netherlands. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_4131

Tcherni, M. (2011). Structural determinants of homicide: The Big Three. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 27(4), 475-496. DOI: 10.1007/s10940-011-9134-x
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Recent Conference Presentations

Tcherni, M., Spano, R., & O’Brien, D. (2016). The role of poverty in explaining crime. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

O’Brien, D., Tcherni, M., & Spano, R. (2016). Operationalizing delinquency: An analysis of the most common methodologies used for criminological theory testing. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.


Tcherni-Buzzeo M. (2015). DOJ NIJ Data Resources Program.

Courses Taught
  • CJST 2205 Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • CJST 2250 Scientific Methods in Criminal Justice
  • CJST 3311 Criminology
  • CJST 6605 Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • CJST 6611 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • CJST 7772 Theories of Crime
  • CJST 7773 Crime Prevention Programs
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