Grace A. Telesco, Ph.D. is a Professor of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Telesco is a retired Lieutenant who served for 20 years with the NYPD and was the Chairperson of the Behavioral Science Department at the NYC Police Academy. Dr. Telesco has developed various educational programs at the university level utilizing sociodrama techniques and has presented on numerous topics related to social policy, crisis intervention, and disaster preparedness.
Following the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, Dr. Telesco was appointed the Interagency Coordinator of Mental Health Services at the Family Assistance Center where families of the victims received crisis intervention and support. Following Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Telesco was deployed to New Orleans by the United States Department of Health and Human Services to be a part of the elite DTAC (Disaster Technical Assistance and Consultation) Team providing assistance to the Governor of Louisiana and the State Office of Mental Health.
Dr. Telesco earned her Masters in Arts in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Ph.D. in Social Work from Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Service. Dr. Telesco's scholarship interests are on the topics of; domestic violence, post traumatic stress disorder in police, and Sociodrama as a methodology in education and is a regular contributing writer for the International Journal of Police, Practice & Research.
Dr. Telesco is Faculty Advisor for both the Sociodrama Club: Stage for Change as well as Greenhouse Campus Ministry.
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