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Randy Garner


  • Ph.D. Psychology, University of Houston (1992)
  • Ph.D. Theology & Religious Studies, Trinity Theological Seminary, Canterbury Christ Church University (2010)
  • M.A. Psychology and Human Sciences, University of Houston-Clear Lake (1989)
  • B.S. Psychology and Human Sciences, University of Houston-Clear Lake (1986)
  • A.A.S. Criminal Justice Administration, Alvin Community College (1983)


Office: CJ Hotel Building 221
Phone: (936) 294-4646

Areas of Expertise:
Management, Executive Leadership, Applied Social Psychology, Interpersonal Conflict, Policing and Law Enforcement


Dr. Randy Garner is a Professor of Behavioral Sciences and former Associate Dean in the College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Garner also served as founding Director of the Texas Regional Community Policing Institute (TRCPI) and as the Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT). Prior to coming to SHSU, Dr. Garner was the Associate Director of Behavioral Medicine at the University of Houston. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Garner served in all divisions and levels of command, including as a Police Chief, in his 30 year career in Law Enforcement. Dr. Garner has authored numerous books and professional publications with particular emphasis in the areas of social influence, persuasion, and leadership. Additionally, Dr. Garner is the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, academic journal that examines the social and psychological aspects of human behavior as related to applied societal and criminal justice settings. Dr. Garner has received numerous academic awards and honors, including the Excellence in Education Instruction Award (2006), the University of Houston's Distinguished Alumni Award (2005-2006) and the Social Psychologist in Texas (2004).

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