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Marshall Jones

Assistant Professor of Forensic Psychology, Director of CoPLA Online Programs, Director for the Center for Applied Criminal Case Analysis,

Educational Background

Doctor of Business Administration, Florida Institute of Technology

M.S. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology

M.S. Criminal Justice, University of Alabama

B.A. Organizational Management, Warner Southern College

Personal Overview

Marshall Jones is a recognized innovator in higher education and criminal justice applied research methodologies. A practitioner at heart, Marshall considers himself an “accidental academic” having earned his undergraduate and most of his graduate education in criminal justice, industrial-organizational psychology, and business while working full time in law enforcement. Marshall retired from policing in 2003 to establish Florida Tech’s undergraduate forensic psychology program. He has served as the academic program chair and has current collateral leadership responsibilities as director on online programs and several university committees for the School of Psychology and the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts.

Marshall routinely teaches forensic and behavior courses in areas of criminological theories, forensic investigations, delinquency and prevention, serial offenders, violent crime, death investigations, organizational behavior, and leadership. Marshall has been an invited lecturer at the FBI’s National Academy (NA), Florida Police Chief’s Association, Missouri Sheriff’s Association, National Advocacy Center, Florida Crime and Intelligence Analysts Association, International Association of Crime Analysts, and several local and regional practitioner organizations.

Marshall is recognized as an expert in police recruiting, field training and retention, implicit bias, promotional processes, leadership and organizational behavior, and interview techniques and training. Marshall has developed and deployed novel applied research methodologies in areas including chronic offender behavior and prevention, police recruiting and retention, hostage taker motivations, sexual assault, and police selection. His applied research and innovative approaches led to the establishment the Center for Applied Criminal Case Analysis at Florida Tech. The center’s mission brings faculty, students, and alumni researchers together with partnering law enforcement agencies explore unique problems and questions that traditional data sources do not address.  Center partners include the FBI, US Attorney’s National Advocacy Center, US Probation, US District Courts, Florida Police Chief’s Association, and several local law enforcement agencies.

Initially recruited by the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit 2006 as a guest lectures at the FBI National Academy, Marshall was soon invited to facilitate research focus groups and critique research methodologies for BSU initiatives. This work led to an invitation as a research team member for the Global Hostage-Taking Research and Analysis Project (GHosT-RAP) where Marshall was later named chief methodologist in developing interviewer training and interview protocol for prison interviews. Marshall’s efforts culminated in a multi-agency team to pilot interviews of incarcerated convicted kidnapers in 2009. The pilot success led the FBI to secure funding for hiring staff to complete the project using the established protocols. Marshall’s innovative and pragmatic research approach led to the BSU recruitment again in 2011 to partner with the FBI’s Indian Country Crimes Unit. This applied research project led to Marshall, and partnering FBI personnel, to create data mining protocols of criminal case files for violent offenders. This innovative exploratory criminal case analysis methodology was deployed using 40 undergraduate and graduate students who data-mined over 300 cases. Resulting data were used to inform law enforcement policy and practice. Later innovative applied methods, instruments, and protocols include pre-sentence investigation reports and police selection.

Marshall is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Marshall maintains his police certification and serves as a reserve police officer focusing on research and training. Marshall is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP), and the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is fairly simple. I strive to facilitate improved problem identification and solving skills for students. The skills and abilities necessary for to better assess problems and explore a variety of potential solutions requires recognition of the existence of alternative viewpoints and perspectives. Teaching environments may differ from traditional to online but the basic understanding that each student has unique perspectives and learning styles is critical to this transfer. My teaching style is to leverage my practical experience as a bridge and offer demonstrative examples and exercises in applied problem analysis and solution options.  I seek to motivate and assist students to look beyond their own perspectives and learn to explore, and value, the viewpoints of others.

Current Courses

Psychology of Leadership

Forensic Behavior Investigation

Integrated Theories of Crime

Special Topics: Serial Killer Series

Juvenile Delinquency

Selected Academic & Practitioner Presentations & Publications

Jones, M.A. (2020, November). Training and Testing Implicit Bias in Police Organizations: Limitations and Challenges. Presentation at the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology Conference.  

Jones, M.A (2020, November). Police Selection Test Utility: Interventions for Improving Field Training and Retention Success. Poster presented at the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology Conference. 

Jones, M.A. (2020, September). Practical Implicit Boas Training for Cops: An Intribution to Fair and Impartial Training. Video presentation prepared and presented for all sworn members of the Palm Bay (FL) Police Department. Palm Bay, FL.

Jones, M.A. (2020, February). Let the Data Speak: How to Identify, Assess, and Mine Behavioral Data in Experimental Applied Research Environments. Presentation at the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Conference, Las Vegas, NV.  

Ryan, R. & Jones, M.A. (2020, February). Lethal Use of Force: Insight into Mental Illness. Presentation at the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Conference, Las Vegas, NV.  

Proctor, D. & Jones, M.A. (2020, February). Roach Lab: Using Cockroaches to Increase Learning Outcomes in Undergraduate Psychology. Presentation at the Conference on Academic Research in Education (CARE), Las Vegas, NV.   

Jones, M.A. & Proctor, D. (2019, October). Leveraging Embedded Undergraduate Research to Bolster Research Culture: A Multi-pronged Approach Case Study. Presentation at the Florida Statewide Symposium; Best Practices in Undergraduate Research, Orlando, FL. 

Jones, M.A. (2019, October). Developing a Culture of Leadership in Policing: Research and Practice. Presentation for the Palm Bay (FL) Police Department Sergeants and Lieutenants. Palm Bay, FL.

Jones, M.A. (2019, September). Findings and Recommendations for Leveraging Selection Battery Results for Improved Transfer of Training and Retention Outcomes. Presentation for the Palm Bay (FL) Police Department Senior Management. Palm Bay, FL.

Jones, M.A. & Reynolds, J.K. (2018, August). Mental Preparedness for Active Shooter Events: Presentation, Scenario, and Workplace Walkthrough. Presentation and exercise at the Scott Center for Autism Treatment. Melbourne, FL.

Seward, J.R., Henry, L.M., & Jones, M.A. (2017, November). Stealing answers not objects: Routine activities applied to cheating in the college classroom. Paper presented at American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting.

Jones, M.A. (2017, August). Leadership, Ethics, and Behavior for Young Supervisors. Presentation for the Palm Bay (FL) Police Department Field Training and Evaluation Program. Palm Bay, FL.

Jones, M.A. (2017, July). Advanced Interview and Interrogation. Presentation for the Palm Bay (FL) Police Department Criminal Investigations Division. Palm Bay, FL.

Capparelli, A.L., Jones, M.A., & Conradt, T.W. (2016, November). Offender alcohol consumption among Native Americans compared across victim age: The severity of sexual assaults. Paper presented at American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting.

Henry, L.M., Jones, M.A., Conradt, T.W. (2016, November). Preferential & situational sexual offender identification & comparison through Native American case evaluation. Paper presented at American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting.

Murray, N., Jones, M.A., Conradt, T.W., & Capparelli, A.L. (2016, November). Offender use of force during sexual assaults in Indian Country. Paper presented at American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting.

Seward, J.R., Jones, M.A., Conradt, T.W., & Capparelli, A.L. (2016, November). Impact of drug use history on the severity of sexual assaults within Indian Country. Paper presented at American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting.

Jones, M.A., Scholl, A., & Conradt, T. (2016, June). Sexual Assault Research in Indian Country: Indian Country Sexual Assault Strategy Project, Part Two Findings. Presentation at the inaugural Indian Country Leadership Summit at the National Advocacy Center sponsored by the Executive Office of the United States Attorneys. Columbia, SC.

Jones, M.A. (2016, June). Developing Academic-Practitioner Partnerships in Applied Research. Presentation at the annual conference of the Florida Crime and Intelligence Analysts Association. Melbourne, FL.

Jones, M.A. (2016, March). Working in Police and Correctional Settings: A Real World Perspective. Presentation provided for the monthly workshop for the Graduate Forensic Psychology Students in Training Group, Melbourne, FL.

Jones, M.A., Scholl, A.E., & Salazar, C. (2016, March). Overview of Indian Country and Federal Response.  Paper presented in panel entitled “New Findings on Sexual Assault Victimization in Indian Country” at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Jones, M.A. (2016, March). Developing Practitioner-Academic Relationships for Applied Research. Open seminar at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Jones, M.A. (2016, March). You Can’t Pay People to do this Work: The Need to Develop Team Dynamic Prior to Novel Project Initiation. Open seminar at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Gold, M., Capparelli, A., Meehan, J., Jones, M., & Conradt, T. W. (2016, March). Victim-offender relationship in Indian Country sexual assaults. Paper presented in panel entitled “New Findings on Sexual Assault Victimization in Indian Country” at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Henry, L., Seward, J., Moore, K., Jones, M., & Conradt, T.W. (2016, March). New details on types of sexual assault in Indian Country. Paper presented in panel entitled “New Findings on Sexual Assault Victimization in Indian Country” at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Aviles, L., Murray, N., Crum, K., Conradt, T. W., & Jones, M. (2016, March). Additional new findings on Indian Country sexual assault. Paper presented in panel entitled “New Findings on Sexual Assault Victimization in Indian Country” at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Seward, J.R. & Jones, M.A. (2016, March). Virtual Interaction Theory. Paper presented in panel entitled “Testing the Efficacy of Social Control and Social Disorganization Theories” at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Henry, L.M. & Jones, M.A. (2016, March). The Challenges in Understanding and Addressing Native American Crime. Virtual Paper presented in panel entitled “Working toward Understanding Underlying Factors in the Relationships between Race, Ethnicity, and Crime” at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Aviles, L., Murray, N., Henry, L., Conradt, T. W., & Jones, M. (2016, March). A comparative review of literature on weapons use during sexual assault in Indian Country. Poster presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Crum, K. E., Gold, M., Knowles, N., Jones, M., & Conradt, T. W. (2016, March). Revisiting literature on victimization of Native American women in Indian Country. Poster presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Seward, J.R., Jones, M.A., Murray, N., Gregson, S., Martes, J-P., & Henry, L.M. (2016, March) Routine Activities in a College Classroom Setting: A Theoretical Examination of Cheating. Poster presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Gold, M. Capparelli, A., Aviles, L. Clancey, T. Jones, M.A. (2016, March) Routine Activities in a College Classroom Setting: A Theoretical Examination of Cheating. Poster presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Aviles, L., Murray, N., Henry, L., Conradt, T. W., & Jones, M. (2016, March). A comparative review of literature on weapons use during sexual assault in Indian Country. Poster presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Crum, K. E., Gold, M., Knowles, N., Jones, M., & Conradt, T. W. (2016, March). Revisiting literature on victimization of Native American women in Indian Country. Poster presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Seward, J.R., Jones, M.A., Murray, N., Gregson, S., Martes, J-P., & Henry, L.M. (2016, March) Routine Activities in a College Classroom Setting: A Theoretical Examination of Cheating. Poster presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Gold, M. Capparelli, A., Aviles, L. Clancey, T. Jones, M.A. (2016, March). Details surrounding sexual assaults in Indian Country. Poster presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Jones, M.A., Scholl, A., & Conradt, T. (2016, June). Sexual Assault Research in Indian Country: Indian Country Sexual Assault Strategy Project, Part Two Findings. Presentation at the inaugural Indian Country Leadership Summit at the National Advocacy Center sponsored by the Executive Office of the United States Attorneys. Columbia, SC.

Jones, M.A. (2016, June). Perceptions vs. Realities of Studying Behavior. Presentation at the annual conference of the Florida Crime and Intelligence Analysts Association. Melbourne, FL.

Jones, M.A. (2016, June). Developing Academic-Practitioner Partnerships in Applied Research. Presentation at the annual conference of the Florida Crime and Intelligence Analysts Association. Melbourne, FL.

Jones, M.A. (2016, March). Working in Police and Correctional Settings: A Real World Perspective. Presentation provided for the monthly workshop for the Graduate Forensic Psychology Students in Training Group, Melbourne, FL.

Jones, M.A. (2015, June). Maximizing Organizational Influence of Crime and Intelligence Analysis.  Presentation at the annual conference of the Florida Crime and Intelligence Analyst Association, Davie, FL.

Jones, M.A. & Conradt, T. (2015, September). Developing opportunities to integrate undergraduate research with practice. Presentation at the Florida Statewide Symposium; Best Practices in Undergraduate Research, Orlando, FL. 

Jones, M.A. (2013, September).  Maximizing Organizational Influence of Crime and Intelligence Analysis.   Presentation at the annual conference of the International Association of Crime Analysts, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Jones, M.A. (2013, June). Maximizing Organizational Influence of Crime and Intelligence Analysis.    Presentation at the annual conference of the Florida Crime and Intelligence Analyst Association, Tallahassee, FL.

Jones, M.A. (2012, December). Indian Country Sexual Assault Strategy (IC-SOS): Outcomes and Recommendations. Presentation for the FBI IC-SOS working group at the National Advocacy Center, Columbia, SC.

Jones, M.A. (2012, July). Indian Country Sexual Assault Strategy: Continued Progress and Next Steps. Presentation for the FBI IC-SOS working group at the FBI Headquarters, Washington, DC.

Jones, M.A. (2012, April). Indian Country Sexual Assault Strategy: Data Collection Methodology and Analysis Strategy. Presentation for the FBI IC-SOS working group at the FBI Resident Agency, Tuscan, AZ.

Jones, M.A. (2010, December). Leadership Development and Promotional Assessment in the 21st Century: A Psychometric Approach. Presentation to the Public Safety Leadership Development Consortium on behalf of the FBI Futures Working Group, Johns Island, GA.

Jones, M. (2010). Leaderships role in shaping organizational culture: The key to the future. In J.A. Schafer & S. Boyd (Eds.), Advancing police leadership: Considerations, lessons learned, and preferable futures (PP. 53-67). Volume 6: Proceedings of the Futures Working Group. Quantico, VA. 2010.

Jones, M., Moulton, E. & Reynolds, J. (2010). The universality of leadership & management in policing. In J.A. Schafer & S. Boyd (Eds.), Advancing police leadership: Considerations, lessons learned, and preferable futures (PP. 30-44). Volume 6: Proceedings of the Futures Working Group. Quantico, VA. 2010.

Jones, M.A. (2010, September). Routine Activities Theory and Application to Global Hostage Taking Prevention. Presentation at the third annual FBI symposium on Global Hostage Taking in the 21st Century, Morgantown, WV.

Jones, M.A. (2010, April). Improving Organization Effectiveness in Law Enforcement. Presentation to the FBI National Academy Crisis and Conflict Management Course. Quantico, VA.

Jones, M.A. (2010, March). Foundations of Interviewing: It is a Different Approach to Interrogation.   Presentation at the FBI training on Global Hostage Taking in the 21st Century, Melbourne, FL.

Jones, M.A. (2010, March). Mitigating Criticisms to Qualitative (Interview) Research Methods: Lessons Learned from SLAMMER. Presentation at the FBI training on Global Hostage Taking in the 21st Century, Melbourne, FL.

Jones, M.A. (2009, November). Mitigating the FBI SLAMMER Critique. Presentation at the FBI Behavior Science Unit, Quantico, VA.  

Jones, M.A. (multiple sessions 2006-2010). Law Enforcement Organization Effectiveness. Presentation to the FBI National Academy Crisis and Conflict Management Course. Quantico, VA.

Jones, M.A. (multiple sessions 2006-2010). Internal Agency Conflict in Policing. Presentation to the FBI National Academy Crisis and Conflict Management Course. Quantico, VA.

Jones, M.A. (multiple sessions 2006-2010). Harassment in the Workplace: A Survival Guide for Cops. Presentation to the FBI National Academy Crisis and Conflict Management Course. Quantico, VA.

Jones, M.A. (2009, August). The Pragmatics of Running a Consulting Firm.  Paper presented in symposium entitled “Business Matters: The Nuts and Bolts of Getting Started” at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Jones, M.A. (2009, July). Supervising the New Generations. Presentation to the annual conference of the Missouri Sheriff’s Association, Branson, MO.  

Jones, M.A. (2009, July). Supervising the New Generations. Presentation to the annual conference of the Missouri Sheriff’s Association, Branson, MO.  

Jones, M.A. (2009, July). Law Enforcement Recruiting and Retention. Presentation to the annual conference of the Missouri Sheriff’s Association, Branson, MO.  

Jones, M.A. (2009, July). Sergeant to Lieutenant Promotions. Presentation to the annual conference of the Missouri Sheriff’s Association, Branson, MO.  

Jones, M., & Huff-Corzine. (2008). Military and policing recruiting and retention: Common threads. In M. Odea & J. Jarvis (Eds.), The police and the military: Future challenges and opportunities in public safety (pp. 77-87). Volume 5: Proceedings of the Futures Working Group. Quantico, VA. 2010.

Jones, M.A. (2008, May). Captive Mitigation: A Prevention Model using Routine Activities Theory.  Presentation at the annual FBI symposium on Global Hostage Taking in the 21st Century, Melbourne, FL.

Jones, M.A., & Scott, A. (2003). Florida law enforcement recruiting and retention series: Law enforcement career marketing: The old dog wont hunt. The Florida Police Chief. 29, (3).

Steelman, L.A., Jones, M.A., Harmon, K., & Malm, T. (2003).Florida law enforcement recruiting and retention series: Performance management for law enforcement: Common questions & current conditions. The Florida Police Chief. 29, (2).

Jones, M.A. (2003, August). Online Education Opportunities for Law Enforcement: Evaluating Opportunities. Presentation for the annual meeting of the DuPage County Police Association, Oak Brook, IL.

Griffith, R.L., Jones, M.A., McChrystal, E., & Kung, M. (2002). Florida law enforcement recruiting and retention series: Managing members of generation X. The Florida Police Chief. 28, (10)

Jones, M.A., McChrystal, E., Kung, M. & Griffith, R.L. (2002). Florida law enforcement recruiting and retention series: Leadership and organizational support; Keys to retention. The Florida Police Chief. 28, (9).

Griffith, R.L., Jones, M.A., McChrystal, E., & Kung, M. (2002). Florida law enforcement recruiting and retention series: Leadership training: An LMX based curriculum. The Florida Police Chief. 28, (8)

Griffith, R.L., Jones, M.A., McChrystal, E., & Kung, M. (2002). Florida law enforcement recruiting and retention series: The road to positive leadership exchange. The Florida Police Chief. 28, (7).

Griffith, R.L., Jones, M.A., McChrystal, E., & Kung, M. (2002). Florida law enforcement recruiting and retention series: The impact of leadership and organizational support. The Florida Police Chief. 28, (6).

Jones, M.A., McChrystal, E., Kung, M. & Griffith, R.L. (2002). Florida law enforcement recruiting and retention series: Recruiting and retention: A singular problem. The Florida Police Chief. 28, (5).

Jones, M.A., McChrystal, E., Kung, M. & Griffith, R.L. (2002). Florida law enforcement recruiting and retention series: An introduction and overview. The Florida Police Chief. 28, (4).

Jones, M.A. (2002, January). Florida’s Recruiting and Retention Research Project Finding. Presentation for the mid-winter conference of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, St. Augustine, FL.

Jones, M.A., & Sigler, R.T. (2002). Law enforcement partnership in community corrections: An evaluation of juvenile offender curfew checks. Journal of Criminal Justice, 30, 245-256.

Jones, M.A. & Sigler, R.O. (2001. April). Law Enforcement Partnership in Community Corrections: An Evaluation of Juvenile Offender Curfew Checks. Paper presented in panel entitled “Variations in Community Policing” at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Washington, DC.

Jones, M.A. (2001, January). Assessing the Problem in Recruiting and Retention of Law Enforcement in Florida. Presentation for the mid-winter conference of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, St. Augustine, FL.

Jones, M.A. (2000, June). Recruiting and Retention in Law Enforcement Today. Presentation at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Leadership Summit, Orlando, FL.

Jones, M.A. (1997, October) PAL Diversion and Prevention Initiatives. Presentation at the state-wide annual training seminar for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Orlando, FL.