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Kellie Wallace, Ph.D., CAGS

Kellie Wallace, Ph.D., CAGS

Office: Putnam, Office G26

Tel: 617-243-2345



  • Ph.D., Criminal Justice and Criminology, The University of Massachusetts at Lowell
  • C.A.G.S., Mental Health Counseling, Suffolk University
  • M.S., Criminal Justice Studies, Suffolk University
  • M.S., Mental Health Counseling, Suffolk University
  • B.A., Psychology, The College of the Holy Cross
  • B.A., Sociology, The College of the Holy Cross


Dr. Kellie Wallace received her PhD in criminal justice and criminology from UMASS Lowell, where she specialized in the criminalization of mental illness and the intersection of the criminal justice and mental health systems.  Prior to that, she worked as a clinical therapist in the Greater Boston area in residential and outpatient facilities, providing individual, group, family, and substance use counseling.  Her populations of interest are the LGBTQ* community, individuals with substance use disorders, and those who are forensically involved.  In addition, she has taught multiple courses in both criminal justice and psychology at several institutions, and recently published The Need for Weed, a primer on the debate for rescheduling and legalizing cannabis at the federal level. She also works as a veterinary technician in a local general practice animal hospital.  Her current research focuses on the experiences adult defendants with intellectual disabilities have with adjudicative competency processes; additional research interests include substance use and addiction, police crisis intervention training (CIT) and mental health response models, and veterinary forensic science. 


  • CJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ201 Criminology
  • CJ206 Drugs & Society
  • CJ210 Crime & Mental Health
  • CJ305 Crime & Popular Culture
  • CJ312 Corrections
  • CJ318 Violence & Aggression
  • CJ321 Probation, Parole, & Other Sanctions
  • CJ323 Justice, Class, Race, & Gender
  • CJ441-442 Topics in Crime & Public Policy I & II
  • CJ443-444 Justice Studies Internship & Seminar I & II
  • CJ704 Ethical Theory & Criminal Justice Policy
  • CJ741 Interpersonal & Relationship Violence
  • CJ742 Violence Prevention, Social Advocacy, & Change
  • FYS103 Beyond the Binary
  • PSYC307 Forensic Psychology