Criminal Justice Faculty

Peggy C. Bowen, Ph.D., C.T.S.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice



  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University, Educational Psychology, 1979
  • M.S.,  Texas A&M University, Sociology, 1975
  • B.S.,   Texas A&M University, Psychology, 1971


Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist, State of Oklahoma
  • Certified Trauma Specialist
  • Certified Instructor, Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officer’s Education and Training Commission
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Professional Development Certification
  • National Institute of Health Review Board Member Certification


Chair, Alvernia University, Institutional Review Board


Courses Taught at Alvernia University

  • CJ 203 Criminalistics
  • CJ 216 Women and the Criminal Justice System
  • CJ 218 Multicultural Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 221 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 275 Criminology
  • CJ 285 Victimology
  • CJ 301 Organized Crime
  • CJ 309 White Collar Crime
  • CJ 377 Juvenile Justice System
  • CJ 390 ST:  Criminal Profiling
  • CJ 390 ST:  Forensic Psychology
  • CJ 403: Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
  • PSY 101 Introductory Psychology, Honors
  • PSY 430 Forensic Psychology


Research Interests

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Disasters/Trauma
  • Research Issues
  • Multicultural Issues
  • Stress in Criminal Justice Professionals


Recent Publications

  • Bowen, P.C. (2008).  Tribal Policing. [Review of the book Tribal policing:  Asserting sovereignty, seeking justice].  Policing:  An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management.  September, 31, 3.
  • Bowen, P.C. (2005).  Background checks.  In P.B. Gerstenfeld, Criminal justice (pp. 60-61).  Pasadena, CA:  Salem Press.


Other Scholarly Works

  • Bowen, P.C. (2007).An investigator’s manual for the Alvernia College Institutional Review Board.  Reading, PA:  Alvernia College.
  • Consultant and quoted in Law Enforcement Contact with Native Americans chapter. (2006). Shusta, R.M., Levine, D.R., Wong, H.Z., & Harris, P.R. (2007).  Multicultural law enforcement:  Strategies for peacekeeping in a diverse society (4th ed.).  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson/Prentice Hall


Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Alpha Phi Sigma
  • Association of University Professors
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists
  • International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
  • Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators



  • Presentations at international, national, state, regional, and local venues.
  • Interviews by media
  • American Red Cross Mental Health Specialist
  • Private Practice
  • Route 222 Gang Prevention Initiative Steering Committee—City of Reading
  • Public Safety Advisory Committee—City of Reading
  • The 222 Corridor Anti-Gang Initiative

Contact Information

Img: Peggy Bowen

Peggy C. Bowen-Hartung, Ph.D., C.T.S.
Associate Professor
Psychology & Counseling Department Chair

   Upland Center, Room 126c

criminal justice faculty

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