Mercyhurst University

Maria L Garase, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Associate Professor

Preston 120

(814) 824-3675

Dr. Garase is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Criminology & Criminal Justice Department who teaches classes in both the undergraduate Criminal Justice and graduate Criminal Justice Administration programs. Some of her courses include: Ethics in Criminal Justice, Capstone/Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice, Women and Crime, Criminal Justice Research Methods, and Criminal Justice Planning and Evaluation.  Her research interests include rape myths and bystander interventions on college campuses, graffiti, theory testing and road rage, juvenile justice, and program evaluation.  She also has experience as a counselor specialist for delinquent females in a community based treatment facility in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Maria L. Garase, Ph.D., received her doctoral degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her master's degree is in Administration of Justice, and her bachelors degree is in Criminal Justice, with minors in Psychology and Spanish.  Dr. Garase has presented and/or published in the areas of road rage, juvenile justice, women and crime, graffiti, service learning, and public policy.  She is currently working on a project that examines rape myths and bystander interventions on college campuses.  She recently completed a sentencing project for the Erie County Adult Probation Department and the PA Commission on Sentencing. She is the author of a book titled: Road Rage.  She is the vice chair of the board of Harborcreek Youth Services.  She is a member of the Erie County Truancy Taskforce and past member of the executive board of Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS).   

Dr. Garase is the advisor of Alpha Phi Sigma (APS), the Criminal Justice Honor Society, and the advisor of the  interdisciplinary Mock Trial Team on campus.  Both APS and the Mock Trial Team are very active student organizations on campus. APS students attend national conferences, go on field trips, bring speakers to campus, and participate in scenario-based, shooting simulations at the campus's police academy.  The Mock Trial Team is registered with the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) national organization and has competed regionally at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law.  

2010: Gerhard O.W. Mueller Innovator Award, Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences
2010: University Award for Excellence in Service Learning, Gannon University
2007: Emerging Scholar Award, Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences