Michael Verro, PhD.

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Michael Verro, Excelsior CollegeSenior Program Director, Criminal Justice, School of Public Service

Dr. Michael Verro, criminal justice senior program director for Excelsior College’s School of Liberal Arts is a former police officer, major crimes investigator, DEA Drug Task Force narcotics investigator, and author.  He specializes in criminal justice and psychology; specifically the psychosocial motivation of career choice for law enforcement officers.

During his two decade long career in law enforcement, Dr. Verro served as a police officer and major crimes investigator for the Burlington Police Department in Burlington, Vermont, narcotics investigator for the Department of Justice’s DEA Drug Task Force, and as a defensive tactics instructor for the Vermont Police Academy.  He received the Distinguished Service Award and Distinguished Unit Service Award from the Burlington Police Department in 1992 and was recognized with the High Individual Shooter Award in 1989.

Dr. Verro’s academic career began as an adjunct faculty member with Champlain College, the Community College of Vermont, Burlington College, Middlebury College, and Empire State College before joining Excelsior College in 2009.


  • Criminal Justice
  • Law Enforcement Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology, Academic Psychology, Walden University, 2009
  • Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, St. Michael’s College, 1999
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, State University of New York, New Paltz, 1983


  • Rostered Psychotherapist, State of Vermont, Inactive

Awards and Recognitions

  • Psi Chi International Honors Society in Psychology
  • Distinguished Service Award, Burlington Police Department, 1992
  • Distinguished Unit Service Award, Burlington Police Department, 1992
  • High Individual Shooter Award, Burlington Police Department, 1989

Selected Presentations

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Conferences: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 – Presenter, Moderator, Interviewee and Panel Chair
  • Vice President of the Criminal Justice Educator’s Association of New York State. Conferences: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 – Presenter, Panel Chair and Moderator
  • The Fifth Estate, CBC in Canada; Interviewee
  • Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference, 2012, Presenter
  • American Correctional Association Conference, Presenter
  • Champlain College, Presenter

Selected Publications

  • “Dark Blue: An Introductory Reader,” Wadsworth, 2003. A custom published book for Champlain College covering police psychology and related stress, depression, cynicism and paranoia.
  • “Incarceration: Psychosocial Pro’s and Con’s,” Sociological Viewpoints, Spring 2010
  • “Psychosocial Motivation of Career Choice for Contemporary Law Enforcement Officers,” Dissertation, Walden University, 2009

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Criminal Justice Educators Association of New York State
  • International Police Association
  • Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • National Sheriff’s Association