Dr. Meredith L. Patten

Dr. Mered­ith L. Pat­ten holds her PhD in Crim­i­nal Jus­tice with a con­cen­tra­tion in Crim­i­nol­o­gy and Deviance. Dr. Pat­ten has worked in the crim­i­nal jus­tice and secu­ri­ty fields for over 17 years. Aside from teach­ing in the class­room, she has con­duct­ed research and eval­u­a­tions on prison-based sub­stance abuse pro­grammes, secu­ri­ty analy­ses on crime and drug issues sur­round­ing pub­lic hous­ing author­i­ties through­out the Unit­ed States and has con­sult­ed for a vari­ety of inter­na­tion­al organ­i­sa­tions includ­ing the Unit­ed States’ Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­ri­ty, Inter­pol, the Unit­ed Nations, Amnesty Inter­na­tion­al and Human Rights Watch.

Dr. Pat­ten was  a Research Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor in 2007/2008 in Trinidad and Toba­go, charged with con­duct­ing eval­u­a­tions of the Trinidad and Toba­go Police Service’s trans­for­ma­tion plan, specif­i­cal­ly the Mod­el Sta­tion Project. Through the project, she engaged with the com­mu­ni­ties sur­round­ing the police sta­tions and was part of both com­mu­ni­ty and police sur­veys. She has been with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Trinidad and Toba­go since 2010 and is cur­rent­ly the Pro­gramme Leader/Associate Pro­fes­sor for the Insti­tute for Crim­i­nol­o­gy and Pub­lic Safe­ty (ICPS).

Under her lead­er­ship, the ICPS has forged col­lab­o­ra­tive rela­tion­ships with a num­ber of local and inter­na­tion­al organ­i­sa­tions and insti­tu­tions includ­ing the Insti­tute of Crim­i­nol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cam­bridge and the Pan Amer­i­can Devel­op­ment Foun­da­tion. Dr. Pat­ten is cur­rent­ly con­duct­ing research on Trinidad and Toba­go Police Ser­vice ini­tia­tives as well as men­tal health issues in the Trinidad and Toba­go Prison Ser­vice. Dr. Pat­ten also holds a Grad­u­ate Cer­tifi­cate in Doc­u­men­tary Media Stud­ies and is trained in pro­duc­tion, as well as the­o­ry.