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Brent Paterline, Ph.D.

Title: Department Head
Phone: 706-864-1914
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Office: Hansford Hall 347, Dahlonega
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Areas of Expertise: Criminal Psychology, Drug Investigation

Overview

Dr. Brent Paterline grew up in Winchester, Virginia, located outside of D.C. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon College in 1989. After college, he served as a military police officer in the first Gulf War. While in the Army, he obtained master’s degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

He then moved to Atlanta and worked for the Center of Disease Control and obtained a Ph.D. in sociology from Georgia State University in 1997. In 1997, Dr. Paterline took a job as a professor of criminal justice at the University of North Georgia and has been there ever since.  He also regularly conducts criminal case analysis with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and does consulting work for several District Attorney’s offices in the Atlanta metro area.  His primary research areas include drug investigation, homicide investigation, forensic interviewing, and sex crimes.

Dr. Paterline currently lives with his wife and two sons. In his spare time, he likes to play tennis, fish, and watch sporting events, especially pro and college football. He is a Falcon’s season ticket holder.

Courses Taught

  • Drug Identification and Investigation
  • Criminal Typologies
  • Criminal Justice Internship

Education

  • Ph.D., Criminology/Sociology, Georgia State University, 1997
  • M.A., Sociology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1993

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Paterline's primary research areas include drug investigation, homicide investigation, forensic interviewing, and sex crimes.

Publications

  • Paterline, Brent (2016).  “Forensic Hypnosis and the Courts.” Journal of Law and Criminal Justice. Volume 4, Number 2.
  • Paterline, Brent & Orr, Douglas (2016). “Adaptation to Prison and Inmate Self-Concept.” Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Science. Volume 4, Number 2.
  • Paterline, Brent. (2013). “A Market in Transition: Drug Trafficking in Southern Appalachia.” Journal of Law & Criminal Justice. Volume 1, Number 1.
  • Paterline, Brent & Albo, Maria (2013). “A Content Analysis of Salvia Divinorum Use on YouTube.”  Journal of Public & Professional Sociology. Volume 5, Issue 1.
  • Alexander, Ross, MCCarthy-Reckard, Carolyn, & Paterline, Brent (2010). “The Effect of Citizen Input on State Legislator Decision-Making: Does Gender Matter?” Journal of Social Science. Volume 24, Number 1.
  • Lee, Jeffrey C. & Paterline, Brent A.  (2009) “Drugs and Substance Abuse” in Sport and Criminal Behavior. Edited by Lee, Jason W. and Lee, Jeffrey C.  Durham, NC: Carolina Press.
  • Alexander, Ross, Paterline, Brent, & Hulsey, John (2007). “Citizen Involvement in the County Budget Process.” International Social Science Review. Volume 82, Number 4.
  • Lee, Jeffrey & Paterline, Brent (2006). Police Undercover Operations: Techniques for Drug Enforcement at Raves.  Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science. Volume 76, Number 3.
  • Levinthal, Charles F. & Paterline, Brent A. (2006). “The History of Drug Use and Drug Legislation,” in Drugs, Society and Criminal Justice. Edited by Charles F. Levinthal. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Levinthal, Charles F. & Paterline, Brent A. (2006). “Theoretical Perspectives on Drug Use and Abuse,” in Drugs, Society and Criminal Justice. Edited by Charles F. Levinthal. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Levinthal, Charles F. & Paterline, Brent A. (2006). “Drugs and Crime,” in Drugs, Society and Criminal Justice. Edited by Charles F. Levinthal. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Levinthal, Charles F. & Paterline, Brent A. (2006). “Drugs and the Criminal Justice System,” in Drugs, Society and Criminal Justice. Edited by Charles F. Levinthal. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Alexander, Ross C. & Paterline, Brent A. (2005). Boom or Bust? “Casino Gaming and Host Municipalities.” International Social Science Review. Volume 80, Pp 20-28.
  • Pateline, Brent A. (2000) "Community Reaction to the Deadhead Subculture," in Deadhead Social Science, Edited by Rebecca Adams and Robert Sardiello. Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira Press
  • Paterline, Brent A. & Peterson, David M. (1999). “Structural and Social Psychological Determinants of Prisonization," Journal of Criminal Justice, Volume 27, Pp. 427-441.
  • Paterline, Brent A. & Heishman, Annette K. (1998). "Membership in the New Age Group Silva Mind Control," Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology, Volume 26, Number 2, Pp. 169-176.

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Paterline, Brent (2014). “Institutional Aggression.” Psychology Review. Volume 4, April, Pp. 18-20.
  • Paterline, Brent A. (2003). Drug Identification and Investigation for Law Enforcement. Los Angeles, CA: Staggs Publishing Company.

Book Reviews

  • Paterline, Brent A. (2012).  “The City That Became Safe: New York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and its Control (Studies in Crime and Public Policy).” International Social Science Review. Volume 87, Issue 4, Pp. 180-181.

Work Experience

  • Military Police, U.S. Army, 1988 – 1992.
    • Stationed at Fort Bragg, NC.
  • Behavioral Scientist.  Center for Disease Control, 1994
    • Responsible for designing studies examining illicit drug use in Atlanta, GA
  • Criminal Justice Consultant.  Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office, 2010.
    • Consultant several criminal cases involving sexual assault and child molestation.

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