Mr. LaVarr McBride, Instructor, Internship Supervisor and Program Coordinator
Penn State Beaver
McBride is an Instructor, the program coordinator and internship supervisor for the Administration of Justice program at Beaver campus as well as Penn State New Kensington and Penn State Shenango. He holds a master’s degree in sociology from Utah State University and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a minor in Psychology from Weber State University.
McBride has 28 years of experience in criminal justice. He served as a Management and Training Analyst with the Administrative Office of the United States Courts in Washington DC. He is also a former Federal and State Parole/Probation Officer, worked on Death Row as a Prison Guard, and as an undercover drug officer for the state of Utah. For the last 9 years, he has been a consultant performing mediation between defense teams and victims in capital murder cases throughout the country.
He Teaches Crimj100 Introduction to Criminal Justice System; CrimJ345 Criminal Justice in The Community; Crimj220 The Courts and the Prosecution Process; Crimj230 Corrections in America; Crimj290 Prep for Internship; Crimj494 Senior Research Project; Crimj495 Internship Experience, and specialized courses in serial murderers, interrogation, and victimology.
Dr. Kristine Artello, Assistant Professor
Penn State New Kensington
Kristine Artello is an Assistant Professor in the Administration of Justice Department at Penn State University – New Kensington. She joined the Department in 2010. Dr. Artello received her Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from University of California-Irvine, her Juris Doctorate and Masters in Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University, and her B.A. in English Literature from Rosemont College. She has worked as a social worker in child welfare services and as an attorney in public and private sectors.
Her primary research areas are: community-based treatment, mental health and criminal justice system, criminological theory, and juvenile offender policies, in particular relating to sexual offending.
Dr. Artello currently teaches CrimJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice System; CrimJ 113 Introduction to Law; CrimJ221 Issues in the American Criminal Justice System; and CrimJ451 Race, Crime and Justice at the New Kensington campus. In addition, Dr. Artello offers distance video learning, 400-level courses, including CrimJ 425 Organized Crime to students at the Penn State Beaver and Shenango campuses.
Dr. Steven L. Brewer, Jr., Assistant Professor
Penn State Shenango
Dr. Steven L. Brewer Jr., is an Assistant Professor in the Administration of Justice Program. He holds a B.A from Lock Haven University and a M.A and Ph.D from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to working in the Administration of Justice program, he served as a research assistant at the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute. He also worked as a research consultant at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Applied Research Lab. His consulting experience includes assisting faculty and students with various stages of the research process, including methodological design and survey development, statistical assessment, utilizing NVIVO, SPSS, and Qualtrics. He also consulted the FBI on a project regarding 9/11. His areas of interest include qualitative and quantitative analysis, research methods, and criminological theory. Dr. Brewer’s hobbies include cycling and outdoor activities. He currently resides in Butler, PA with his cat (Ferrari) and his wife Hannah, who is an Assistant Professor at Slippery Rock University.
Dr. Mari B. Pierce, Assistant Professor
Penn State Beaver
Mari Pierce is an Assistant Professor in the Administration of Justice Department at Penn State Beaver. She joined the Department in 2010. Dr. Pierce received her Ph.D. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, her Master of Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University and her B.A. in Sociology from Whitman College.
Her primary research areas are: disparities in punishment decisions, criminological theory, sex offender registration policies and judicial responses to crimes against children.
Dr. Pierce currently teaches CrimJ220 Courts and the Prosecution Process; CrimJ221 Issues in the American Criminal Justice System; CrimJ230 Corrections in America and CrimJ451 Race, Crime and Justice at the Beaver campus. In addition, Dr. Pierce offers distance video learning, 400-level courses, to students at the Penn State University Shenango and New Kensington campuses.
For additional information regarding our full- and part-time administration of justice faculty, please go to our Administration of Justice Campus Directory.
- Degrees and Majors
- B.S. in Administration of Justice