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Ragan Downey

Dr. Ragan Downey

Assistant Teaching Professor


Dr. Downey currently serves as an Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Security at Southern Miss. Prior to his full-time employment with USM, he spent ten years with Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources as a project/grant evaluator and staff development coordinator. Dr. Downey is a volunteer instructor at the Southern Regional Public Safety Institute and provides training in mental health, crisis management, and verbal de-escalation to various municipal, county, and state law enforcement agencies.

  • Criminal Justice, Methods & Statistics (PHD) - University of Southern Mississippi (2014)
  • MA - University of Southern Mississippi (2007)
  • BA - Mississippi State University (1999)

Introduction to Criminal Justice; Criminal Justice Theory; Police Methods and Organization; Introduction to Criminal Investigations; Introduction to Modern Corrections; Research and Planning; Drugs and Society; Organized Crime; Seminar in Terrorism and Homeland Security; and Criminal Justice Ethics

  • Independent Applying the QM Rubric
  • Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Coordinator
  • Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Trainer
  • Certified Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer Instructor
  • Preventing Discrimination & Harassment: Employees V2.3
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Title IX: Preventing Sexual Misconduct for Faculty and Staff – "Responsible Employee" Edition
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor
  • Certified Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer Instructor
  • Mandt Instructor (Advanced)

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Areas of Expertise

Justice policy planning, implementation, and evaluation; curriculum development and delivery; data management and analysis