Theresa Fanelli

I began my professional career as a Behavioral Psychologist who specialized in the treatment of children with autism and other learning disabilities. I spent over a decade designing home programs as well as developing the staff at a school that specialized in the application of behavioral psychology principles to children with autism. As I was completing my pre-dissertation requirements, I joined federal law enforcement and became a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I then spent 20 years as a Special Agent working criminal cases in the areas of violent crimes, non-traditional organized crime, civil rights, and human trafficking. As a collateral duty, I also served as a Psychological Assessor.

Field(s) of Interest/Expertise

Psychology and Criminal Justice

Courses Taught at Felician University

Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Writing and Reading in Criminal Justice

Fundamentals of Criminal Investigations

Organized Crime

Terrorism and Political Violence

Special Topics: Inside the Criminal Mind

Research Methods in Social Science

Office Location:
Lodi Campus
Contact Phone:
(201) 559-6000 x6268
Contact Email:


Master’s in Research and Experimental Psychology
Master’s in Behavioral Psychology
Bachelor’s in General Psychology

Positions Held

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Felician University
Special Agent for the FBI (retired)