Harvey Ellis

Harvey Ellis
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  • Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, Social & Behavioral Science
  • Academic Credentials: AB Psychology, Temple University; EdM, Counseling Psychology, Temple University
  • Office: Founders Hall 210
    Phone: (215) 497-8717 Ext: 8717
  • Office Hours:
    TuTh 7:30 - 8:00 AM, 12:30 - 1:30A,

Courses Taught

  • CRIJ100: Introduction to the Administration of Criminal Justice
  • CRIJ160: Introduction to Juvenile Justice
  • SOCI150: Criminology


After more than 36 years at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, I resigned in August of 2005 to pursue other interests. Having developed the social service departments within the Association, I served as the Director of Juvenile Social and Psychological Services, the Director of the Child Advocate Social Services department, the Assistant Director of Adult Social and Psychiatric Services, and for 15 years, the Chief Death Penalty Mitigation Specialist within the homicide division. As a stakeholder within the justice system in Philadelphia I participated in decision-making processes in concert with the Office of the Mayor, the Office of the District Attorney, the Department of Corrections as well as other public and private social service and justice agencies to improve the delivery of service to both victims and defendants. Along with the director of Social Services at the Philadelphia House of Correction, I developed the first drug treatment program to be offered to inmates of the Philadelphia Prison System. Amongst other accomplishments, as part of a task force I designed the protocols that are used by the Department of Public Welfare in the treatment of children and youth within the mental health delivery system in Philadelphia. As the president of the Sexual Abuse Prevention and Education Network (SAPEN), a statewide organization working to educate professionals directly involved in the treatment of both victims and perpetrators, I planned and directed five nationwide conferences on a variety of topics intended to enhance the delivery of service through education. I am currently a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and teach practicing attorneys the art of defending capital homicide cases. As a certified police instructor I have taught Philadelphia police officers through the auspices of Temple University at their main and Woodhaven campuses. The Philadelphia Board of Judges appointed me as their representative to the Glen Mills Schools for Boys where I continue to serve as an officer of the board of managers. Through the years at Villanova University, Temple University, and now Bucks County Community College I have prepared and taught courses in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Penology, Capital Punishment, Social Problems, Criminal Justice Systems Analysis, Sociology and Psychology. In addition to my academic pursuits, I consult with attorneys nationwide, assisting them in their defense of men and women accused of capital murder who are exposed to the death penalty.

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