Mary Cuadrado

  • Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
M. Cuadrado

I have over 25 years of college teaching experience and still enjoy teaching and learning from my students.  I am also a Fulbright Scholar (Mexico, 2003). I began my academic administration career as head of the Criminology Department and Interim Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at University of South Florida/Sarasota and then as Chair of the Criminal Justice Program  at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Since coming to Mercy University in Fall, 2016 I have served as Director of the Criminal Justice Program; SSBS Assessment Coordinator; Interim Chair of Social Science Department in SSBS; PI of CJII grant delivering the BS in Behavioral Science at Sing Sing Correctional Facility; and a variety of committees for the School and University.

Ph.D. and M.A., Criminal Justice,  The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)

M.P.A., John Jay College, City University of New York (CUNY)

B.A., Psychology, John Jay College, City University of New York (CUNY)

The focus of my research has been in the areas of the addictions and deviance, and possible mechanisms that could impact reduction of these types of behavior (in particular as it relates to Hispanics and other minority groups). While at Mercy University I have been fortunate to be able to continue publishing and presenting in my areas. Since arriving at Mercy University, I have expanded my research interests to include sources of police officer deviance, and possible mechanisms that can impact LGBTQ population issues. 

The focus of my teaching revolves around courses that provide students with theoretical understanding about crime and the criminal justice system, as well as teaching about the social science methods employed in the field. Students can expect ample opportunities for discussion and writing in all of my courses.  My most often taught courses are:

CRJU 102 Intro to CJ,  CRJU 212 Criminology,  CRJU 215 Juvenile Delinquency, CRJU 396 Research Methods in CJ, and CRJU 401  Senior Seminar 

Journal Articles while at Mercy University

Simons, J., & Cuadrado, M. (2019). Narratives of School Counselors Regarding Advocacy for LGBTQ Students.  Professional School Counseling, 22(1), 1-9. DOI:10.1177/2156759X19861529.

Cuadrado, M., & Malick, A. (2019). Factors Precipitating Calls to a Help Hotline: A comparison of Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics. Journal of Gambling Studies. DOI: 10.1007/s10899-018-09816-x.

Park, S.M., Kim, J.L., Park, H., Kim, Y.  & Cuadrado, M.  (2018) Social constructions of racial images in introductory criminal justice and criminology textbooks: a content analysis, Race, Ethnicity and Education, DOI: 10.1080/13613324.2018.1538122.

Cuadrado, M. (2018). Roman Catholic Priests as Referral Source and Treatment Aide for Hispanics with Substance Misuse/Abuse Problems. Journal of Religion and Health, 52(2), 609-621. DOI:


Cuadrado, M., & Lieberman, L. Traditional Family Values and Substance Abuse: The Hispanic Contribution to an Alternative Prevention and Treatment Approach, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, NY, 2002.