Faculty - Carlena Orosco, Ph.D.

Professor Orosco

Carlena Orosco, Ph.D., received her doctorate from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. Her dissertation research focused on the strategies and techniques police dispatchers use to de-escalate callers and officers in the field. She previously served as the Research and Planning Supervisor in the Strategic Planning, Analysis & Research Center (SPARC) at Tempe Police Department. Prior to joining Tempe PD, she worked as a Senior Research Analyst for the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, Statistical Analysis Center. Carlena’s research spans numerous content areas, including de-escalation in policing, police dispatchers, crime analysis, and law enforcement decision-making. Additionally, she worked for nine years as a dispatcher for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, where she was also an Acting Supervisor and Systems Monitor. Carlena’s subject-matter expertise in policing and crime analysis also led to her selection as a trainer for the UN-led effort to provide crime analysis instruction to new Crime Analysts in the Caribbean. Carlena currently serves on the Editorial Board for Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, and her work can be found in Policing: An International Journal, Journal of Experimental Criminology, American Journal of Public Health, and Justice Quarterly. 

As a professor, my goal is to empower students to think critically, pursue knowledge, seek perspectives different from their own, and use evidence-based and data-driven approaches to examine issues. As a result of my years as a policing practitioner, I strive to feature guest lecturers who have served in a variety of roles to provide insight that may not otherwise be gained from a textbook. My objective is to inspire students to evaluate theory, policy, and practice critically and comprehensively, and develop skills that will translate to their role as Criminal Justice professionals. 


Ph.D. – Arizona State University

MA – California State University, San Bernardino

BA – California State University, San Bernardino

Curriculum Vita

Contact Information

Office: Room 241-B, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center
Email: [email protected]