Dr. Alex Heckert Professor

Office Location

McElhaney Hall, 102J


Doctoral Coordinator, Indiana Campus

Administration and Leadership Studies PhD Program


  • University of Iowa, PhD Sociology
  • University of Iowa, MA Sociology
  • Frostburg State University, BA Sociology and Political Science

Areas of Research and Teaching Interest

Sociology of Family, Deviance, Sociology of Crime and Delinquency, Research Methods, Statistics, Medical Sociology

Alex Heckert's CV


Alex Heckert is a professor and former chairperson of Sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is also director of training for the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute (MARTI). His primary areas of teaching and research interest are family sociology, deviance/crime/delinquency, research methods, and medical sociology. His scholarship has been quite diverse and includes methodological, as well as conceptual and theoretical contributions.

Research with Ed Gondolf in the area of family violence has attempted to improve prediction of nonphysical abuse and physical reassault among batterer program participants. He and Druann Heckert introduced an integrated typology of deviance that has expanded traditional conceptualizations and definitions of deviance. His is coauthor of over 50 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals, book chapters, and encyclopedia articles, as well as numerous presentations at national and international conferences.

Previous funded research has included predicting levels of abuse and reassault among batterers, evaluating an inclusion program for children with disabilities in day care settings, and an NSF instrumentation grant, among other projects.

Completed dissertations and theses chaired by this faculty member