Alumni Profile – Kristina Block ’15

Alumni Profile

Kristina Block NYA 2015Kristina Block, PhD ’15
Conroe, TX
Kristina starts a new job as assistant professor of Law and Justice Studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ beginning in the fall of 2024.


Tell us a little about how you are!

I am a newly minted PhD holder in Criminal Justice. Broadly, my research examines how different health factors, such as head injuries, sleep quality and quantity, and sports involvement, are associated with delinquent behaviors among adolescents and emerging adults. Outside of work, I enjoy playing hockey, cooking, and spending time with my puppies, Peanut and Moose!

Where did you go to college and what did you study? 

I attended Chatham University (BA in Psychology and Criminology), University of Pennsylvania (MS in Criminology), and Sam Houston State University (PhD in Criminal Justice).

What was your favorite academic class at NYA and why?  

AP Language with Mr. Markonish! In high school, I was fairly shy, but this class encouraged me to come out of my shell and speak up more. We always had great class discussions, and looking back, I enjoyed acting out scenes from books like Hamlet. I learned a lot about writing from this class, and I continue to use some of the concepts in my academic research articles!

What extracurricular activities did you participate in at NYA? Did you continue any after graduating? 

Ice hockey, and yes I played in college and continue to play in adult leagues and tournaments. I also did cross country and softball.

What makes NYA different from other schools? 

I came to NYA from one of the local public schools, and the biggest difference I noticed was how tight knit the NYA community is. The teachers are invested in and care about their students, and the students support each other. Everyone is kind and respectful.

Any advice to today’s NYA students?

Don’t be afraid to try new things, NYA is the perfect place for it!


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