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UC’s Mahone Publishes Book


Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands (UC) Assistant Criminal Justice Professor Dr. Melvin Mahone shares in his recently published book , “Coping with stress and building leadership, One Man’s Journey,” his views about the harmful effects that stress can have in our every day work life and aims to enlighten the law enforcement community on how to cope with stress. He provides his readers with the consequences of stress, which include post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression, and mental illness.

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Mahone began his journey in 1969 when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He also served in the Vietnam War and proceeded in graduating with a masters in Sociology and Corrections from Chicago State University, Chicago, IL. Mahone has worked in many fields of the criminal justice profession over the years. His expertise includes teaching 35 different criminal justice courses at several colleges and universities. He has also been a Dean of Criminal Justice at Taylor Business Institute in Chicago, IL and Olympic College in Bremerton, WA.

“One position that stood out to me was working with the Probation Office,” says Dr. Mahone. “I had the option to have communication and contact with people I worked with and the freedom to do the things I wanted.”

After dealing with his own issues regarding stress in the workforce, Mahone realized he had a duty and desire to teach and share his findings on how to deal with stress. Mahone states, “If I have a stress disorder, how can I help them? Once I started thinking properly, I wanted to help those in law enforcement with what to do, so that I could help them save lives.”

Mahone says he wrote the book for personal reasons, but that it was his own experiences that inspired him to write the book. He shares that he wanted to help law enforcement as much as he could, so that they could be aware of the effects that stress can have on them, and that they are not alone.

“Always do the things you feel are right, because your past will haunt you,” exclaims Dr. Mahone.

Mahone’s book is available at the UC bookstore as well as nationally through Amazon.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.