Tonya Miller-Benedetto

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Lecturer, Criminal Justice
147 Shenango Avenue
Sharon, PA 16146
Biography

Tonya graduated from Thiel College in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and earned her Master of Science Degree in the Administration of Criminal Justice in 2010 from Shippensburg University. She has been employed by the County of Mercer’s Juvenile Probation Department as a School-based Juvenile Probation Officer since 2004 and manages the department’s Internship Program. She is a Youth Level of Service Master Trainer, Motivational Interviewing Coach, Case Plan Coordinator, Graduated Responses Coordinator and an Effective Practices In Community Supervision (EPICS) Coach.  She had previously worked for five years as a Case Manager of mental health and drug and alcohol cases for the Behavioral Health Commission and continues to be a member of their Critical Incident Response Team. Tonya is a certified in the Student Assistance Program and is a certified facilitator in the National Curriculum and Training Institute Crossroads Adult/Youth COG Curriculum, the Strengthening Families 10-14 Program, Thinking For Change and the Victim Community Awareness Program.

Tonya is actively involved in the statewide Assessment and Case Plan and Graduated Response Committees under the Pa. Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers. She has presented at numerous statewide workshops on the topics of Youth Level of Service, Case Plan, and Motivational Interviewing.  She is a member of Mercer County’s Communities That Care prevention initiative and Vice President of Slippery Rock University’s Criminology and Securities Studies Department. In 2018, the Juvenile Court Judges Commission recognized Tonya as the Juvenile Probation Officer of the Year. 

She is married and resides with her husband Mark in Sharpsville Pa.

Research Interests

Juvenile Justice

Education

Master of Science in Administration of Criminal Justice, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Thiel College