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Kimberly Blackmon

Dr. Blackmon began her law enforcement career in 1998, working as an investigative intern with the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office. A Florida native, she earned her undergraduate degree in Criminology at Florida State University. Having developed a deep passion for the criminal justice process, she went on to complete the police academy and joined the Clermont Police Department in Central Florida in 1999. While gaining experience in patrol, investigations, community relations and administration, she continued her studies and completed her master’s degree in criminal justice in 2006 from Nova Southeastern University and PhD in criminal justice from NSU in 2014. 

Dr. Blackmon's teaching background includes crime scene technology, law enforcement, and criminal justice at both online and brick and mortar institutions. She is a member in good standing of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Southern Association of Criminal Justice and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. 

Professional Interests

Dr. Blackmon's research interests include: police psychology, police stress, law enforcement retirement, victimology, community policing, sex crimes and women in policing. 

Education and Certifications
  • PhD - Criminal Justice, Behavioral Sciences specialization 
Scholarship and Contributions to the Field



  • 2015 “Forced Medical Retirement: The Contribution to Symptoms of Depression, Anxiety and Stress in Law Enforcement Officers.” Southern Criminal Justice Association Annual Conference; Charleston, South Carolina 
  • 2018 “Criminal Justice Reform: The Path to Positive Social Change”
  • Southern Criminal Justice Association Annual Conference; Pensacola Beach, Florida 
  • 2022 “Police Officer Political Identity and Their Opinions of Public Protest”
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting Conference; Las Vegas, Nevada 
  • 2023 “Challenging the Thin “Blue” Line: Navigating the Intersection of Democrat Police Officers and Law Enforcement Conservatism
  • Society for Police and Criminal Psychology Conference; Arlington, Texas