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Marshall Jones - Florida Tech. Melbourne, FL, US

Marshall Jones

Assistant Professor and Director | School of Psychology | Florida Tech


Dr. Jones is a recognized innovator in public safety and law enforcement, both as a practitioner and applied researcher.

Areas of Expertise (8)

Organizational Behavior

Implicit Bias Training

Law Enforcement Policies and Procedures

Leadership Pathfinding

Leadership Development

Police Recruiting and Retention

Forensic Psychology

Violent Crime


Dr. Marshall Jones is a recognized innovator in public safety and law enforcement, both as a practitioner and applied researcher. He leverages his combined experiences from law enforcement, consulting, education and applied research to explore problems impacting public and private organizations. A practitioner at heart, Dr. Jones considers himself an “accidental academic,” who has earned much of his graduate education in criminal justice and industrial-organizational psychology while working full-time in law enforcement. He also holds a doctorate in business administration with a focus on organizational behavior.

Dr. Jones retired from policing in 2003 to establish Florida Tech’s undergraduate forensic psychology program. He has served as the undergraduate academic program chair, director of online programs and on several university committees for the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts. He teaches forensic and behavior courses in criminological theories, forensic investigations, delinquency and prevention, serial offenders, violent crime, organizational behavior and leadership.

Dr. Jones is a recognized expert in offender behavior and motivation, victimology, interview techniques, police selection and training, and organizational behavior with a focus on leadership. His applied research includes chronic offender behavior and prevention, police recruiting and retention, hostage taker motivations, sexual assault, and police selection.
He is currently researching leadership challenges, including police recruiting and retention.

Dr. Jones has partnered with criminal justice agencies including the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s National Advocacy Center, U.S. Probation, U.S. District Courts, Florida Police Chiefs Association, the U.S. Army, and several local law enforcement agencies. He has been an invited lecturer at the FBI’s National Academy, Florida Police Chief’s Association, Florida Crime and Intelligence Analysts Association, International Association of Crime Analysts and several local and regional practitioner organizations.

A sought-after consultant, Dr. Jones' current consultation involves agency assessment and coaching, leadership development, succession planning and exploring new and emerging technologies related to enhanced public safety and security.

Dr. Jones is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He maintains his police certification and serves as a reserve, conducting staff research and training.

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Benefits of a Criminal Justice Degree for Law Enforcement


Media Appearances (4)

Singing the blues: Law enforcement departments struggle with hiring and retaining officers

South Florida Sun-Sentinel  print


“Yes, but it took many years in the making,” said Marshall Jones, a retired police officer. Jones is an associate professor at the Florida Institute of Technology in Brevard County. He specializes in police recruiting, field training and retention.

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Growing threats could have been warning before father and son died in murder-suicide, experts say

South Florida Sun-Sentinel  print


Stacey’s apparent obsession with Greyson’s mom and his anger over being rebuffed may have pushed him to the point where he would do something to cause the greatest pain — killing their child, said Marshall Jones, an assistant professor of forensic psychology at Florida Institute of Technology.

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Florida Tech Instructor and Former Cop Talks About Recruitment and Reform

Florida Today  print


Marshall Jones, an instructor at Florida Tech who also served as a police officer, talks about recruitment and reform issues in law enforcement.

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New details emerge in case of the man accused of being the 'Pillowcase Rapist'

FOX 35 Orlando  tv


Even though Koehler was a convicted sex offender on the registry for a sexual battery in Palm Beach County, "...there was no DNA requirement to be taken in the 90s," said Dr. Marshall Jones, a former investigator who now teaches courses in forensics at Florida Tech.

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Education (4)

Florida Institute of Technology: Doctorate, Business Administration 2019

Florida Institute of Technology: M.S., Industrial and Organizational Psychology

University of Alabama: M.S., Criminal Justice

Warner Southern College: B.A., Organizational Management


Affiliations (5)

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) : Member
  • Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) : Member
  • Society for Police and Criminal Psychology : Member
  • Florida Police Chiefs Association: Member
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police: Member

Event Appearances (6)

Algorithmic Confirmation Bias and Need for Adversarial Collaboration

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting  March 2022

Implicit Bias Training: A Human Cognitive Approach to Effective Police

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting  March 2022

Case Studies in Identifying, Assessing, and Mining Behavioral Data from Applied Sources: A Grounded Theory Methodological Approach to Identifying Behavioral Factors

Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) Annual Conference  February 2022

Strategies for Managing the Myths and Realities of Implicit Bias

Mid-winter Conference of the Florida Police Chiefs Association  January 2021

Let the Data Speak: How to Identify, Assess, and Mine Behavioral Data in Experimental Applied Research Environments

American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Conference  February 2020

Roach Lab: Using Cockroaches to Increase Learning Outcomes in Undergraduate Psychology

Conference on Academic Research in Education (CARE)  February 2020