Master of Science in Criminology
Pat Steele Nielsen received her MS degree in Criminology and Criminal Law in 1984. She was a research associate at the National Council of Crime and Delinquency in San Francisco from 1987 through 1990, focusing primarily on juvenile justice research. At NCCD she conducted an evaluation of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services community-based programs. Upon leaving NCCD she moved into the field of education, first with a private math education firm, then with the training division of a computer software company in Portland, OR. From 1998 to 1999 she held the position of Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for the National Resource Center for Safe Schools, a program funded jointly by the US Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Department of Education. She has since received the Certificate for English Language Teaching to Adults from the University of Cambridge and taught ESL at the International House Portland for several years. Pat has also become a recognized volunteer at the Oregon Humane Society, appearing on local television stations showcasing animals available for adoption.