Lorraine Phillips, PhD

Assistant Professor
Criminal Justice

Lorraine Phillips holds a B.A in Criminal Justice and an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and an MPhil and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Dr. Phillips has always been interested in the intersectionality of psychology and the law with an emphasis on human perception, specifically the difference between the public’s perception of crime to actual laws and policies. Over the last several years she has worked on various projects looking at definitions of stalking, sexual harassment, domestic violence and immigration laws. Dr. Phillips is currently working on validating a scale to help predict how people respond to immigration policies based on their personality. She is also working on a project looking at the relationship between psychological attachment styles and perceptions of stalking behaviors. In addition, Dr. Phillips is working on a manuscript about when the public feels local police should enforce immigration laws and what types of DREAMERs (children brought to the United States without documentation) should be allowed to stay in the United States.

Dr. Phillips has served as a journal reviewer for such publications as Law and Human Behavior, Justice Quarterly, and Youth and Society. She is a member of the American Society of Criminology (ASC), American Criminal Justice Society (ACJS), the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSS).

Dr. Phillips loves to teach, specifically teaching statistics, quantitative research methods, and criminological theory.  She enjoys watching her students learn the techniques necessary to answer their own questions about the world through conducting their own research.