Brent Paterline

Contributing Faculty
College of Psychology and Community Services
B.S. Criminal Justice

Dr. Brent Paterline grew up in Winchester, Virginia, located outside of D.C. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon College in 1989. After college, Dr. Paterline served as a military police officer in the first Gulf War. While in the Army, he obtained master’s degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He then moved to Atlanta and worked for the Center of Disease Control and obtained a Ph.D. in sociology from Georgia State University in 1997. In 1997, Dr. Paterline took a job as a professor of criminal justice at the University of North Georgia and have been their ever since. He also regularly conducts criminal case analysis with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and does consulting work for several District Attorney’s offices in the Atlanta metro area. Dr. Paterline's primary research areas include drug investigation, homicide investigation, forensic interviewing, and sex crimes. Dr. Paterline currently lives with his wife and two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, fishing, and watching sporting events, especially pro and college football. He is a Falcon’s season ticket holder.

Courses Taught

CRJS 3010 - Serial Murder

CRJS 4101 - Criminal Investigation

CRJS 4102 - The Criminal Mind

CRJS 6137 - The Nature of Crime

CRJS 6216 - Criminal Justice Research


PhD, Georgia State University

MA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro