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
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.
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.