Dr. Brian Chopko is a full professor in the Department of Sociology at the Kent State University Stark campus. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision from The University of Akron in 2007. Dr. Chopko’s teaching and research interests include mental health issues related to the criminal justice system, influenced by his experience as both a law enforcement officer and licensed professional mental health counselor. His main area of research focus involves occupational and traumatic stress as experienced by law enforcement officers.
Dr. Chopko is the principal investigator of a longitudinal study involving U.S. police cadets, designed to track post-trauma reactions/adjustment over the course of their law enforcement careers. Additionally, he is a member of an international research team involving a collaboration of faculty/staff from universities in England and Canada. This study is examining traumatic stress among police officers outside the United States.
RECENT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Chopko, B.A., Palmieri, P.A., & Adams, R.E., Utilization of the Critical Incident History Questionnaire to Measure the Frequency and Severity of Trauma Exposure in Police Officers. Proposal accepted for presentation at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual conference, Kansas City, Missouri, March 24, 2017
Chopko, B.A., Palmieri, P.A., & Adams, R.E., Replication of the Critical Incident History Questionnaire: Frequency and Severity of Trauma Exposure among Officers from Small and Mid-Size Police Agencies. Presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies annual conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 5, 2015
Chopko, B.A., Palmieri, P.A., & Facemire, V., Prevalence and Predictors of Suicidal Ideation Among Police Officers. Presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Studies annual conference, Orlando, Florida, March 6, 2015
Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, The University of Akron, 2007, M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling Kent State University, 2001
Chopko, B.A., Palmieri, P.A., & Adams, R.E. (in press). Relationships Among Traumatic Experiences, PTSD, and Posttraumatic Growth for Police Officers: A Path Analysis. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.
Chopko, B.A., Facemire, V. C., Palmieri, P.A., & Schwartz. R. (2016). Spirituality and Health Outcomes Among Police Officers: Empirical Evidence Supporting a Paradigm Shift. Criminal Justice Studies, 29, 363-373.
Chopko, B.A., Palmieri, P.A., & Adams, R.E. (2016). Posttraumatic Growth in Relation to the Frequency and Severity of Traumatic Experiences Among Police Officers in Small to Mid-Size Departments. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-14.
Papazoglou, K., Collins, P., & Chopko, B. (in press). The Role of Mindfulness in Assisting Police Officers Handle Stress and Promote Health, Job Performance, and Wellbeing. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.