Charles K. Wilhite, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice
Director, Bachelor's Completion Program, Murrieta and San Diego Regional Campuses

Phone: (951) 696-3400
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Charles K. Wilhite, Ph.D., directs the criminal justice bachelor’s completion programs at the Murrieta and San Diego regional campuses. His research interests include interactions between law enforcement and the mentally ill, and reducing in-custody deaths. Wilhite is a retired sheriff’s captain and a practicing attorney.


  • Ph.D., Psychology, Northcentral University
  • JD, William Howard Taft University
  • M.A., Psychology, Northcentral University
  • B.S. (cum laude), Liberal Studies, Excelsior College
  • A.S. (with honors), Administration of Justice, El Camino College

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Criminal Justice


  • Corrections
  • Criminal Justice
  • Police Interaction with the Mentally Ill
  • Police Practices
  • Prevention of In-custody Deaths
  • Psychology

Courses Taught

  • PRCJ 250 – Juvenile Justice
  • PRCJ 300 – Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • PRCJ 310 – Criminological Theories
  • PRCJ 340 – Victimology
  • PRCJ 350 – Race, Ethnicity and Crime
  • PRCJ 450 – Forensic Psychology
  • PRCJ 496 – Criminal Justice Capstone