Faculty and Staff
John A. Eterno, Ph.D.
John A. Eterno is professor, associate dean and director of graduate studies in criminal justice. He served as a sworn officer with the New York City police department (NYPD) from 1983 to 2004 and retired as a captain. He had many assignments including patrol in various precincts and units, teaching at the Police Academy, and conducting research for the department in several capacities including the Police Commissioner's Office of Management Analysis and Planning. His research for the NYPD on physical standards won a prestigious Police Foundation award. He is also responsible for the research leading to increased age and education requirements for police officer candidates. His work on mapping with the NYPD also earned him the Enterprise Initiative Award from the New York City Mayor's office. Additionally, Dr. Eterno recently received the Faculty Research Award at Molloy College for his outstanding scholarly contributions to the field of criminal justice.
Dr. Eterno is on the Board of Editors for Police Practice and Research: An International Journal. He is an active member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, Criminal Justice Educators of New York State, the International Police Executive Symposium, and the Captain's Endowment Association. He is also on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Law Enforcement Professionals' Long Island Branch.
Dr. Eterno has consulted and testified on police management and legal issues. For example, he has worked with the United States Attorney's office, National Development Research Institutes, testified before the New York State Legislature, and consulted for various law firms. He was recently recognized as an expert witness on police management in federal court. Dr Eterno is frequently asked to lecture, speak, and write about his research worldwide at various conferences, universities, symposia, and media outlets.
Publications written by Dr. Eterno include books, book chapters, scientific articles, reports, and more. His books include Policing within the Law: A Case Study of the New York City Police Department (Praeger), Police Practices in Global Perspective (edited with Dilip Das) (Rowman & Littlefield), and The Crime Numbers Game: Management by Manipulation (with Eli Silverman) (CRC Press). His peer-reviewed articles are in various publications such as Professional Issues in Criminal Justice, The International Journal of Police Science and Management, Women and Criminal Justice, and The Criminal Law Bulletin
Currently, an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice Department of Molloy College, Christopher Sullivan joined the faculty in 1998 and served as chairperson from 1999 to 2006. He has served on a variety of college committees, including faculty development, Priorities and Planning, and Contract.
A graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1972, Mr. Sullivan received a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Long Island University, C.W. Post. In 1985, he received his Juris Doctor Degree from St. Johns University Law School and was admitted to practice law, in New York, the next year.
Mr. Sullivan joined the New York City Police Department in May 1970 and retired September 1997, having attained the Rank of Lieutenant Special Assignment. As a New York City Police Officer, Mr. Sullivan, worked in various patrol assignments, taught as a Police Science instructor at the Police Academy, Commanding Officer In‑Service Training Unit and ultimately retired from the Personnel Bureau, where he served as Special Counsel to the Chief of Personnel.
Prior to retirement, Mr. Sullivan was responsible for the development of legally defensible personnel programs and initiatives, such as enhanced physical standards, increased appointment age, performance evaluation systems, drug screening, and college education requirements for appointment to the position of police officer and promotion to supervisory ranks.
Mr. Sullivan is a member of the New York State Bar Association, NYPD Holy Name Society, and Criminal Justice Educators of New York.
James Dean is an accomplished law enforcement executive with over 25-years of public safety experience. His past professional accomplishments include the planning and execution of complex, multi-faceted activities within the New York City Police Department. He is currently the Commanding Officer of the Emergency Service Unit, where he is responsible for all tactical and rescue assignments within New York City's five boroughs. Inspector Dean's experience includes patrol as a precinct commander, Auto Crime and Narcotic investigations, along with integrity and training functions.
Dean holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University and a Master of Arts degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he was an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice. Dean graduated from the 194 session of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy in 1998 and has been a member of the Molloy College Department of Criminal Justice since 2003.
Lisa Gibbons is a trial attorney who practices both civil and criminal law. She is a former partner with Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker - the largest insurance defense firm in the world - and a member of the firm's General Liability Practice Team. Ms. Gibbons specializes in defending security providers, residential and commercial landlords and business owners against high-profile civil actions.
A Molloy College alumna, Ms. Gibbons received her B.A. in 1987, her Juris Doctorate Degree in 1990 from St. John's University School and her M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1999. Ms. Gibbons has served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County where she was a senior trial attorney and worked in the Domestic Violence and Sex Crimes Bureaus.
Ms. Gibbons is an adjunct professor at Molloy College and a member of the 18b panel for indigent defendants, providing legal services to clients charged with misdemeanor and felony charges. Currently, she also volunteers her legal services to Project Innocence, where she handles appeals for death row inmates.
Ms. Gibbons has been published in the Loss Control Section Quarterly, Shopping Center Management Insider, Carlson Report, Brownstone Publishers, Inc., and Professional Office Building Management.
Kevin Lowery is a Deputy Chief in the Nassau County Police Department. During his 24-year career he has worked in both Patrol and the Detective divisions. From 2002 - 2004, Chief Lowery worked for the County Executive as the Director of County Operations. In 2004, he was put in charge of the Nassau County Probation Department. In February, Chief Lowery returned to the Police Department, where he now works in the Support Division. The Molloy College adjunct professor is a New York State certified, bi‑lingual Police Instructor and a practicing attorney licensed in the State of New York, with a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice.
John P. McLaughlin
John P. McLaughlin graduated from St. John's University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science degree from the College of Management at C.W. Post. Detective McLaughlin worked for the Queens District Attorney's Office in conjunction with the New York City Criminal Justice Agency from 1986 - 1987. He has also worked for the Nassau Police Department for the last 20 years.
Detective McLaughlin was first assigned to the NCPD First Precinct in Roosevelt. In 1989, he was elected to the plainclothes unit, and in 1995 was promoted to detective and assigned to the Narcotics and Vice Bureau.
Detective McLaughlin spent nine years as an undercover officer and received numerous awards for his performance. Since 2002, he has worked with the F.B.I. Gang Task Force and is cross-designated as a Federal Officer. He is a New York State certified Police Instructor and has lectured at various Police Academies and public forums.
A certified gang expert, Detective McLaughlin has testified in criminal proceedings. He initiated the Internship program at Molloy College, which places students in various criminal justice agencies on the local, state, and federal level. He was honored as Molloy College Faculty Member of the Year by the Class of 2006.
Casilda E. Roper-Simpson
Casilda E. Roper-Simpson received her J.D from Brooklyn Law School, B.A in Political Science from Baruch College, CUNY and A.A.S in Legal Secretarial Science from New York City Technical College. She presently practices in the area of criminal law, criminal defense and personal injury. Her offices, Law Office of Casilda E. Roper-Simpson, are located in both Brooklyn, NY and Uniondale, NY.
Theresa C. Tobin
Theresa C. Tobin has been a member of the New York City Police Department for 24 years. She currently holds the rank of Deputy Inspector and serves as the Commanding Officer of the Personnel Bureau's Staff Services Section.
Deputy Inspector Tobin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Social Work from Marist College, a Masters of Social Work from Fordham University, a Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany and will graduate with her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, later this year.
A graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy and a 2006 graduate of Columbia University School of Business Police Management Institute, Deputy Inspector Tobin has received a number of medals and honors including the New York City Police Department's Medal for Valor as a result of her actions on September 11, 2001, as well as Special Congressional Recognition.
Deputy Inspector Tobin has presented numerous papers and keynote addresses around the world, specifically addressing the concerns of terrorism. She has several published works, including The Women's War: Voices From September 11th (Chapter 1: The Policewoman), Perspectives on 9‑11 (Chapter 1: A Terrorist Attack: Response and Reflection), Women at Ground Zero: Stories of Courage and Compassion (Chapter Eight), and Never Forget: An Oral History of September 11, 2001 (Terri Tobin).
The Molloy College adjunct professor has conducted research, published as Post‑Vatican II-Newer Members in Women's Religious Orders and Young Adult Catholics: Religion in the Culture of Choice (University of Notre Dame Press 2001).