Department: Behavioral Sciences School: College of Arts and Sciences Campus: Old Westbury
Member of NYIT Since: 2012
Raising awareness of violence against women is the impetus of Beth Adubato, Ph.D., assistant professor of behavioral sciences. She organized NYIT's first Take Back the Night event in March, part of a global movement to rally college students to speak out against sexual and domestic assault and share their personal stories.
Adubato shared her own story. As a college freshman majoring in religion at the College of William & Mary, she was a victim of sexual assault, an event that changed her lifeand her career path.
"After it happened, I left college for some time," Adubato says. "When I came back, I took a course in criminology and talked about what happened for the first time. I was so impressed by how the professor handled it, that I decided to continue studying criminal justice in grad school."
Her Ph.D. dissertation at Rutgers in 2011 delved into the connection between televised football games and the number of domestic violence incidences. She has applied for grants to continue her research.
"I've found statistical evidence," says Adubato. "Not only are the domestic violence numbers high during football games, but they're also high during hockey games in Philadelphia. Is this an anomaly or does it happen at other times in different cities?"
Adubato's husband, Bill Patrick, a hockey newscaster, encourages her research. After a trip they took together to Costa Rica, she became interested in another area of studyenvironmental crime, specifically the poaching of thousands of sea turtle eggs.
All four species of sea turtles found in Costa Rica are now endangered, Adubato says. In November 2012, she made a presentation about the problem at the American Society of Criminology Conference in Chicago. She plans to explore it further with her Rutgers dissertation advisor, Ronald Clarke, a top criminologist in the United States.
Adubato's academic expertise has informed other aspects of her life. Since 1996, she has worked as a TV reporter for CBS and NBC affiliates. On the weekend, she freelances for News 12 New Jersey.
"I wanted an area of expertise for my reporting," Adubato says. "That's another reason why I specialized in criminal justice."
She also finds time to work as an actress. Adubato played a reporter on "Welcome Home," an episode of the crime drama, The Following, starring Kevin Bacon on FOX TV.
Adubato was drawn to NYIT because of its interdisciplinary approach to education and the opportunity to do research that impacts public policy.
"The truth is, I love to teach," Adubato says. "I've had a varied career and like to integrate different subjects into my classes."