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Dr. Lynn Urban

Professor and Chair, Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology

Provides administrative support for all facets of department operations.

Frequently taught courses include Introduction to Juvenile Justice and Criminal Justice Planning.

  • Research interests include parenting from prison programs and human trafficking
  • Served as an Intern for the St. Louis City Family Court - Juvenile Division in the Victim Offender Dialogue Unit (2002-2005)
  • Dr. Urban earned degrees from:

University of Missouri at St. Louis (2005) Ph.D. in Criminology & Criminal Justice

University of Missouri at St. Louis (2001) M.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (1991) B.S. Anthropology, Minor Biology


Select publications include:

Urban, L.S., & Arends, V. (2018). The (in)frequency of organized crime involvement: Human trafficking in Missouri.  Journal of Gang Research, 4(24) 23-43.

Urban, L.S. & Burton, B. (2015).  Evaluating the Turning Points Curriculum:  A Three-year Study to Assess Parenting Knowledge in a Sample of Incarcerated Women.  The Journal of Correctional Education, 66 (1), 58 – 74.

Cooper, M.N. & Urban, L.S.  (2012)  Factors affecting juvenile waiver to adult court in a large Midwestern jurisdiction.  Journal of the Institute of Justice & International Studies, 12, 43 – 60.

Urban, L.S., Markway, J., & Crockett, K. (2011). Evaluating VOD for serious cases using Umbreit’s 2001 Handbook of victim offender mediation: A case study.  Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 29( 1), 3-23.


Select University and Administrative Service includes:

Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies Leadership Team     2014-current

Interim Assistant Dean HCBPS                                                                                    Spring 2022

Chair, Academic Council                                                                                                  2017-2019


Select Public Service:

Member, Missouri Citizens Advisory Board for Corrections                2011- 20221

Member, Fort Osage Career & Technology Center Advisory Board   2015- current

External Program Reviewer:

University of Tennessee at Martin                                                            2023

Lindenwood University - Belleville                                                             2016

Pittsburg State University Justice Studies Program                             2015


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