Thomas Schillinger, PhD  Sergeant, New York State Park Police

Thomas Schillinger, PhD

Sergeant, New York State Park Police

Dr. Schillinger has been teaching criminal justice and homeland security courses at the university level for over six years.  He has conducted research on the relationship between Bystander Effect Theory and religious group affiliation as it relates to bystanders of terrorist incidents.  Dr. Schillinger holds membership in the American Psychological Association and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.  Additionally, he has peer reviewed articles and proposals for the United States Department of Justice and the APA journal: Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace and Psychology.  Dr. Schillinger has research interests that include: terrorism, peace and conflict studies, group dynamics, religious motivations within conflict, criminology, and criminal justice.

Professional Experience

  • Sergeant, New York State Park Police (2002-Present)
  • Associate Instructor, Ashford University (2010-Present)
  • Adjunct Instructor, Brandman University (2012-Present)

Education & Professional Certifications

  • PhD, Public Policy, Walden University, 2014
  • MJA, Justice Administration, Norwich University, 2008
  • BS, Interdisciplinary Studies, Empire State College, 2007

Scholarly Activity

  • Schillinger, T. (2014). Bystander effect and religious group affiliation: Terrorism and the diffusion of responsibility. International Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies, 2(2), 29-44.
  • Schillinger, T. (2016). Group dynamics and religious terrorism. Journal of Applied Security Research, 11(3). doi:10.1080/19361610.2016.1178016