Dr. Brett E. Garland



Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. Brett Garland is the head of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Missouri State University. He coordinates undergraduate certificates on criminal investigations and terrorism and national security. He has published articles and book chapters that cover topics on stress and burnout in the criminal justice system, behavioral strategies in correctional settings, prisoner reentry and public opinion on crime and justice issues. 

Garland formerly served as a pre-release coordinator with the Indiana Department of Corrections and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the American Probation and Parole Association.  



  • PhD, Criminal Justice, 2007, University of Nebraska  
  • MS, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2001, Indiana State University 
  • BS, Criminology with Philosophy Minor, 1997, Indiana State University


  • CRM 210 Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System

  • CRM 701 Criminal Justice Policy
  • CRM 773 Offender Thinking and Decision Making

Professional experience

  • Three years as a program coordinator specializing in reentry services with the Indiana Department of Correction
  • One year as a social worker in a juvenile group home


  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Liaison to the American Probation and Parole Association
  • American Probation and Parole Association Research Committee Member
  • Grant Reviewer for the National Institute of Justice
  • National Institute of Corrections: Community Corrections and Academic Planning Workgroup Member

Research and professional interests

  • Stress and burnout in the criminal justice system
  • Behavioral strategies in correctional settings
  • Prisoner reentry
  • Public opinion on crime and justice issues

Awards and honors

  • Exemplifying the Missouri State Experience through Student Engagement, Missouri State University Board of Governors, 2012 
  • Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, Graduate College, Missouri State University, 2011 
  • Outstanding Online Course Award, Missouri State University, 2011

Additional resources

Area of expertise


Media appearances

Online Master’s Q&A with a CS Professor and Department Head
Online Master's Degrees
Criminologist Dr. Brett Garland answers questions about online master's degrees in criminology and criminal justice.

As Parson’s crime session comes to a close, here’s what you need to know
Springfield News-Leader
Criminologist Dr. Brett Garland addresses plans to increase police presence and activity.

Final push of Parson's anti-crime special session fizzles in House
Springfield News-Leader
Criminologist Dr. Brett Garland weighs in on the rejected bills.

Formerly Incarcerated Individuals and the Challenges of Reentry
Social Work Today
Criminologist Dr. Brett Garland addresses the challenges of reentry for incarcerated individuals.

Armed with 25 years of Data, MSU Professors Begin to Map Domestic Violence
Springfield News-Leader
Criminologist Dr. Brett Garland talks about project to map trends of domestic violence across the state.

Whom Would Jesus Lock Up? How Christians View Crooks
Criminologist Dr. Brett Garland shares study about how view of God affects support for prisoners reentry into society.