Nicholls State University


Dr. Karla Beck

Title: Adjunct, Criminal Justice
Department: Social Sciences


Master’s Degree – Psychological Counseling
PhD – Criminal Justice Management


Comparative Criminal Justice


Dr. Karla Stone Beck began her law enforcement career as a volunteer Victim Advocate in 1998 assisting victims of crime. She joined the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office as a full-time deputy in 2000 where she worked tirelessly to create the Police Social Services Section, a one of a kind comprehensive victim services unit that has received numerous awards on the local, state and national level, including the 2009 National Crime Victim Services Award from the United States Department of Justice. In 2007 she was instrumental in establishing a supervised visitation program known as PACT Place for families affected by domestic violence. Dr. Beck is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family therapist, National Certified Counselor, and certified provider in Critical Incident Stress Management.

Prior to her work in law enforcement, she served as Director of Intake and Psychiatric Services at a local hospital and performed Crisis Case Management at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center ER. Throughout her career, Dr. Beck acquired numerous awards including Victim Assistance Coordinator of the Year from the Louisiana Victims & Citizens against Crime and the Leanne Knot Memorial Award for excellence in domestic violence work, as well as LPSO honors including the Distinguished Service Award, Life Saving Awards, and the highest honor, the Sheriffs Star, in 2009. She is currently serving as LPSO Judicial Services Commander at the rank of Captain and Hostage Negotiator as a member of the Crisis management unit. She enjoys using her experiences to educate the next generation of criminal justice professionals.

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