Canning-Mello, Kathleen

Professor of Practice - Criminal Justice
School of Arts and Sciences
MCJ, Boston University 2005
BS in Criminal Justice, Roger Williams College 1987


Kathleen is a 31-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Her vast experience in the field includes investigations in violent crime, white-collar crime, cybercrime, counter-terrorism, and transnational organized crime. During her 10-year assignment with the FBI's renowned Behavioral Analysis Unit, she consulted and taught thousands of criminal justice professionals domestically and internationally on crimes against children investigations. The results of her research projects on False Allegation of Child Abduction and Maternal Neonaticide were published in peer- reviewed journals, educating investigators and prosecutors worldwide. She also testified as an expert witness in state and federal hearings involving online crimes against children.

Kathleen’s service included international assignments in Canada, Greece, Hong-Kong, the Republics of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. These experiences allowed her to use her leadership and liaison experience to build sustainable relationships as well as to advance FBI investigations and train foreign partners in developing counterterrorism and cybercrime capabilities.

Motivated by her desire to share her experiences and to develop the next generation of criminal justice leaders, Kathleen began her post-retirement career in the Fall of 2019 as a part-time college instructor at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

In her leisure time, Kathleen and her husband, Vincent enjoy riding waves, motorcycle trips, and renovating a newly purchased “fixer-upper.” She has recently found a new passion in learning how to play the piano. Kathleen and Vincent have two children, Megan and Luke.