Criminal Justice, Anthropology, and Forensic Studies
Dr. Delbert Rounds
Dr. Lenore Barbian
Lenore Barbian, PhD is a forensic anthropologist in the Department of Criminal Justice, Anthropology, and Forensic Studies. She earned her BA in anthropology at Northwestern University and her MA and PhD at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research interests include forensic anthropology, paleopathology, mortuary studies, museum curation and repatriation. Dr. Barbian has provided forensic consultation for the Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, the Virginia State Medical Examiner, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland, and the National Disaster Medical System’s Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) Region III. She was deployed to Somerset, Pennsylvania, to assist with the identification of the victims of United Airlines Flight 93 in September 2001, and she has helped train Thai pathologists to identify the victims of the July 2004 tsunami from skeletal remains. Prior to joining the Edinboro faculty in 2006, Dr. Barbian served as curator of the Anatomical Collections at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, DC, and as physical anthropologist for Cultural Resources at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. She has published on bone healing rates, interpretation of human skeletal material from archaeological contexts, and on museum displays of human anatomy. Dr. Barbian is the 2010 winner of the Ellis R. Kerley award for research excellence in forensic anthropology and received the 2013 Best Article award from the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS).
Dr. Joseph P. Conti, J.D. came to Edinboro University after devoting 30 years to the practice of law as an attorney in Pennsylvania. During his professional career, he served as a prosecutor and the district attorney of Erie County, Pennsylvania. He also maintained a legal practice with an emphasis upon criminal law and litigation matters. Appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, he served as chairman of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Criminal Procedure Rules Committee and as a member of the Judicial Council of Pennsylvania.
He teaches both introductory and advanced courses in criminal justice pertaining to constitutional requirements for criminal justice professionals, professional ethics, the law of evidence, the functions of the federal and state court systems, and fundamental concepts in criminal law. He serves as the prelaw advisor and as a coach/advisor to the Edinboro University Mock Trial Team. He has received an award for excellence in teaching from the Dr. Robert C. Weber Honors Program at EU.
In addition to his role as an educator, Dr. Conti has been published in the Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly and has made numerous professional presentations addressing a variety of subjects including the professional ethical obligations of prosecutors and defense attorneys, the civil liability implications of arming teachers with firearms, legal issues related to search and seizure, the collection and presentation of evidence in criminal cases, and effective jury selection techniques. He has a long history of service to the community and is a member of the Erie County Criminal Law Committee.
Dr. Kevin E. Courtright is an associate professor of criminal justice at Edinboro University. He earned his Ph.D. in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1995. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D., he worked as a probation officer in New York State. Previous publications include articles appearing in the Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Federal Probation, The Criminologist, the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, The Prison Journal, Corrections Compendium, and Criminal Justice Studies. He served as principal investigator of a research project funded by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania that examined the economic impact and community satisfaction levels of selected state prisons located within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Along with collaborator David A. Mackey, he has developed two attitudinal scales – one measuring one’s propensity for punitiveness and the other measuring the rehabilitative ideal (one’s belief in the rehabilitation of offenders over punishment and retribution) and remains interested in studying and measuring the construct of empathy and its impact upon delinquent/criminal behavior.
He is a member of the American Society of Criminology, the European Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and he was Edinboro University’s Researcher of the Year in the 2007-2008 school year. In his spare time, he likes to enjoy the great outdoors, spend time with his family, and woodwork.