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.