WESTFIELD- The Westfield State University Departments of Psychology and Criminal Justice will host FBI Agent Julia Cowley for a lecture on Tuesday, October 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Garden Level Conference Room in the Horace Mann Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Cowley’s lecture will focus on her experience in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, which assists law enforcement agencies in creating psychological characteristics of subjects who are involved in serial crimes.

Supervisory Senior Resident Agent (SSRA) Julia Cowley has been an FBI agent for 17 years.  Her first assignment was with the Boston Division, where she spent more than 10 years investigating public corruption, civil rights, and white collar crime.

In 2010, Cowley was promoted to FBI headquarters where she served in the bureau’s Behavioral Analysis Unit followed by assignment to the Laboratory Division’s Evidence Response Team Unit. Cowley returned to the Boston Division in October 2014 as part of the Springfield Resident Agency to oversee all federal criminal investigations in Western Massachusetts including public corruption, civil rights, white collar crime, organized crime, violent crime, and crimes against children.

Prior to joining the FBI, Cowley was a Special Agent/Forensic Scientist with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.  In that position, she analyzed biological evidence for the presence of alcohol, drugs, and toxins.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Oregon and a Master of Science in Forensic Science from George Washington University. 

The Oct. 18 event was organized by Dr. Alice Perry, assistant professor of Criminal Justice, and Dr. Joseph Camilleri, associate professor of Psychology.