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headshot of Mary E. Muscari, PhD, MSCr, CPNP, PMHCNS-BC, AFN-BC

Mary E. Muscari, PhD, MSCr, CPNP, PMHCNS-BC, AFN-BC

Associate Professor/Director, Forensic Health Program/Coordinator, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Program

Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Background

Nationally certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner, psychiatric clinical specialist and forensic nursing clinical specialist, Mary Muscari is also a criminologist. She combines her unique educational background with more than 40 year of experience in working with a variety of forensic clients, victims and perpetrators, adults and children.

She has authored/co-authored 20 books including Pediatric Nursing Review (four editions, the latest in 2015, Lippincott), Quick Reference to Child and Adolescent Forensics (2010, Springer), Quick Reference to Adult and Older Adult Forensics (2010, Springer, AJN Book of the Year Winner), Child Behavioral and Parenting Challenges for Advanced Practice Nurses (2016, Springer); and seven consumer books including: Everything Parents Guide to Raising Adolescent Girls, Everything Parents Guide to Raising Adolescent Boys (both 2008, Adams Media); Let Kids be Kids: Rescuing Childhood (2006), Not My Kid: 21 Steps to Raising a Non-Violent Kid (2002) and Not My Kid 2: Protecting Your Children from the 21 Threats of the 21st Century (2004) (all from University of Scranton Press). Her latest book is the second edition of Becoming a Nurse (2019, Learning Express).

Education

  • PhD in nursing, Adelphi University
  • MS in pediatric nursing, Columbia University
  • MS in criminology, Regis University
  • Post-masters certificate in psychiatric nursing, Adelphi University
  • Post-masters certificate in forensic nursing, Duquesne University
  • BS in nursing, Pace University
  • RN, Cochran School of Nursing

Research Interests

  • Children and adolescents as victims/perpetrators of violence
  • Sexual offending
  • Mass violence

Clinical Interests

  • Children and adolescents as victims/perpetrators of violence
  • Sexual offending

Teaching Interests

  • Advanced practice psychiatric nursing
  • Forensic pediatrics
  • Victimology
  • Criminal psychopathology
  • Sexual offending and victimization