Dr. Tari Colon, PsyD

Professor of Criminal Justice 
Community Policing Specialist
Missions Experience: USA



  • Doctor of Psychology (candidate), Organizational Leadership with a specialization in Criminology & Justice, University of the Rockies, Denver, CO
  • Master of Arts, Criminal Justice Management, Saint Leo University, St. Leo, FL
  • Master of Business Administration, Concentrations in Criminal Justice, Saint Leo University, St. Leo, FL
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Northwood University, Midland, MI

Doctoral Dissertation (in progress)

  • Ecological needs and challenges that impact ex-offender reintegration and recidivism.

Certifications / Continuing Education

  • Independent Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR), Quality Matters
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program)
    • Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR): Authorship, Collaborative Research, Conflicts of Interest, Data Management, Financial Responsibility, Mentoring, Peer Review, Research Misconduct, Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research, Research Involving Human Subjects, and Responsible Conduct of Research Course Conclusion.
    • The IRB Administrator’s Responsibilities: Belmont Report and CITI Course Introduction, Students in Research, History and Ethical Principles, Defining Research with Human Subjects, The Federal Regulations, Assessing Risk, Informed Consent, Privacy and Confidentiality, Research with Prisoners
  • Certificate in Protecting Human Research Participants, The National Institutes of Health (NIH: Office of Extramural Research, Certificate #1267360).
  • Certified Ohio Peace Officer, Cuyahoga Community College Police Academy, Cleveland, OH

Teaching Specializations

  • Criminal Justice
  • Law Enforcement & Criminology
  • Juvenile Justice & Child Protection Services/Dependency Court
  • Courts & Corrections
  • Business Management
  • Psychology

Academic Experiences

  • Adjunct Psychology / Student Success / Business Instructor, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Florida
  • Program Lead, Criminal Justice, Everest University Online, Tampa, FL
  • Adjunct Criminal Justice / Business Instructor, Everest University Online, Tampa, FL
  • Program Director, Criminal Justice & Homeland Security Program, Florida Technical College, Orlando, FL
  • Program Director, Criminal Justice Program, Keiser University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Faculty Affairs Coordinator / Business Manager, Saint Leo University, St. Leo, FL
  • Criminal Justice / Business Professor, Florida Technical College, Orlando, FL

Professional Experiences

  • Externship Coordinator / Career Services, Florida Career College, Clearwater, FL
  • Instructor Relations Specialist/ Business Coordinator, American Red Cross, Tampa, FL
  • Child Protective Investigator, Florida Department of Children and Families, Tallahassee, FL
  • Western Florida District Manager, Private Security Guard and Private Investigations, Tampa, FL
  • Police Officer,  East Cleveland HUD Housing, East Cleveland Police Department, East Cleveland, OH
  • Private Investigator, RAN Security, Cleveland, OH

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • Association of Florida Colleges (AFC)
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Science (ACJS)
  • Criminal Justice Honor Society: Alpha Phi Sigma-Kappa Delta Epsilon
  • Infragard Members Alliance: A collaboration for infrastructure protection