|Dr. Vivian Lord is a full professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC) with adjunct professor appointments in the Public Policy Program and the International Studies Department at UNCC. Dr. Lord received her Ph.D. in psychology from North Carolina State University and is a licensed practicing psychologist in North Carolina. Dr. Lord is the author of three books: Women in Law Enforcement Career: A Guide for Preparing and Succeeding (Prentice Hall 2004), Interviewing in Criminal Justice: Victims, Witnesses, Clients, and Suspects (Jones and Bartlett 2010) and Suicide by Cop: Inducing the Police to Shoot (Looseleaf Law Publications 2004). She is also the author of more than 50 journal articles, academic book chapters and technical reports exploring topics primarily in retention of students, women in policing, law enforcement selection, ethics, law enforcement assisted suicide, comparative law enforcement systems, occupational stress and workplace violence. She began her career as a patrol officer and detective with a municipal police agency and then became a trainer and manager with the North Carolina Department of Justice. Dr. Lord has served as expert consultant and witness on 12 cases primarily focusing on the suicide-by-cop phenomenon.
Dr. Lord’s Fulbright research project, “A Comparative Study of Female Police Officers' Progress,” will examine female police officers’ progress into supervision and administrative roles, recruitment and training of the female officers, and interactions with male officers and the public. She will compare the recruitment and training of Tamil Nadu female police officers in the All Women Police Units (AWRS) with female police officers whose responsibilities and assignments are in the traditional police units. She will also teach courses examining criminal justice systems, victims, and women and crime.