Prior to entering the PhD program at Mason, Matt worked for four and a half years as a police officer in Roanoke, VA. He started as a patrol officer, and then shifted his focus to forensic investigations. As a forensic investigator, Matt worked on over 600 cases, including several homicides, shootings, and other violent crimes. He also taught forensics at the police academy and as an adjunct faculty member at ITT Tech.
At Mason, Matt spent his first two years working for the Center for Justice Leadership and Management. There, he worked on several research projects, including a national survey of police agencies with the National Police Research Platform. His research for this project focused on the antecedents of police officer attitudes toward innovation. Matt also had the opportunity to teach an undergraduate seminar on forensics after his first year in the PhD program.
Matt is currently a part-time student at Mason and works full-time as a Senior Criminal Justice Research Analyst at CSR, Incorporated. At CSR, he works under a contract with the Bureau of Justice Assistance providing data analysis for several national grant programs.