Debra Lindberg, Ph.D.

Debra LindbergAssistant Professor

Criminology & Criminal Justice

570G Urban Center Building

Curriculum Vita (pdf)



Ph.D., Urban Studies, Portland State University
M.A.T., Special Education, Augustana College
B.A., Psychology, Augustana College

Dr. Lindberg is an Assistant Professor in the Criminology & Criminal Justice Department. She earned her Ph.D. in Urban Studies in 1996 from Portland State University's School of Urban and Public Affairs, with concentrations in Policy Analysis and Urban Social Patterns and Human Development. Dr. Lindberg also holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education and has more than 20 years of experience working with at-risk youths, including eight years with the Oregon Department of Corrections Education System. Before joining the faculty of Criminology & Criminal Justice in 2006, Dr. Lindberg held a faculty appointment at Radford University in Virginia.

Dr. Lindberg’s teaching interests lie in prison conditions and the relationships between difficulties with school and difficulties with the law. Dr. Lindberg has also pioneered innovative instructional models for teaching large numbers of online students in small learning communities to produce meaningful policy-related products for criminal justice agency partners. In CCJ, Dr. Lindberg teaches courses related to crime theory, ethics and leadership in criminal justice, juvenile offenders, and the CCJO senior capstone, and coordinates the internship program for the CCJO program.


Dr. Lindberg usually teaches the following courses (subject to change):

CCJ 320U Theories of Crime & Justice (fully online program
CCJ 399 Criminal Justice Ethics (fully online program
CCJ 399 Leadership in Criminal Justice Seminar (fully online program
CCJ 399 Terrorism in Context (fully online program
CCJ 404 Internship (fully online program)
CCJ 410 Juvenile Offenders (fully online program
UNST 421 Senior Capstone (fully online program
CCJ 320U Theories of Crime and Justice (campus program
CCJ 404 Internship (campus program
CCJ 501 Professional Writing (campus program

Students in Dr. Lindberg’s prior classes note the following about her teaching: 

“Dr. Lindberg does a fantastic job by making classes crystal clear and managing her expectations and accurately conveying them early and often. Dr. Lindberg is dedicated to clear and honest feedback with her students and most importantly she is quick to respond. I respect the fact that she is involved in all of her classes while still utilizing student aids. She is always available if you need her and always willing to help with any question or concern to manage the best outcome for a positive learning environment.”


“Dr. Lindberg provides excellent feedback on assignments and designs courses that keep students engaged. When a student has a suggestions for Dr. Lindberg she will incorporate the idea into the course's design if it's a positive contribution. There is also a sense that Dr. Lindberg gets to know the students, we take several courses under her supervision to complete the major and that provides students with excellent continuity!”