Bob Lowry, 334/844-9999 )


AUBURN -- John Jarvis of the FBI Academy's Behavioral Science Unit will speak Nov. 7 at Auburn University on the topic: "Violent Crime and Behavioral Science: Perspectives from the FBI."

Jarvis' presentation will be at 2 p.m., CST, at the Foy Student Union, Room 213.

A 12-year FBI veteran, Jarvis has been a behavioral scientist in criminological studies for more than 20 years. He is a training instructor in the Behavioral Science Unit at the FBI Academy, focusing on crime analysis, crime trend research and the initiation and support of research by law enforcement.

Jarvis' current criminological work involves examining validity and reliability of national crime statistics, analyses of serial crimes and measuring and exploring the behavior of computer criminals.

He holds a Ph.D., in sociology from the University of Virginia, and has written for publications such as The Journal of Homicide Studies, The Journal of Interpersonal Violence and the Journal of Trauma, Violence and Abuse. He also has been an adjunct professor in social sciences at several U.S. universities.

The Behavioral Science Unit is one of the instructional components of the FBI's Training Division at Quantico, Va.

In its research, the unit focuses on developing new and innovative investigative approaches and techniques to the solution of crime by studying the offender, and his/her behavior and motivation. Some of the research is conducted in partnership with outside researchers and through interagency agreements with the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs.

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