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Dr. Brian Ogawa

Brian Ogawa

Dr. Brian Ogawa is the department chair of Human Services and a professor at Washburn University, where he has taught since 2001. Dr.Ogawa's areas of expertise include victimology, victim/survivor services, post trauma, cultural competence, and hate and bias crimes. He is internationally recognized as the primary educator and practitioner of Morita therapy in the United States. Dr. Ogawa was most recently Director of the Crime Victims' Institute, the state research, evaluation, and policy program for crime victim rights and services in the Office of the Texas Attorney General, and Director of the National Academy for Victim Studies, Department of Criminal Justice, University of North Texas. The Academy was a collaboration between the university and the National Office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to provide academic instruction, research, and continuing education on crime victimization. Dr. Ogawa has been the director of a prosecutor-based victim/witness assistance division; a university-based researcher in mental health, public health, social welfare, and behavioral sciences; youth volunteer services director; deputy medical examiner in behavioral analysis; and counselor in private practice. His education includes a Doctor of Ministry in counseling from San Francisco Theological Seminary (doctoral dissertation on the adaptation of Morita therapy to the West); Masters of Divinity in theology (with a subset in psychology) from Fuller Theological Seminary; and Bachelors in social sciences from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Ogawa has been a consultant on many national research and curriculum projects, including the National Institute of Justice/Urban Institute"Evaluation of VOCA Victim Assistance and Compensation Programs" and the seminal US Department of Justice project, "New Directions from the Field: Victim Rights and Services for the 21st Century," of which he was a committee chair, final reviewer, and signatory. He has served on numerous national boards and committees, including the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women for the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services; Center for Substance Abuse Prevention of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Executive Committee of the National Organization for Victim Assistance; National Victim Assistance Standards Consortium;and Victim Issues Committee of the American Probation and Parole Association. In 1995, Dr. Ogawa received the nation's highest award for service to crime victims, the National Crime Victim Service Award, presented by the President and the Attorney General in ceremonies at the White House. He is the author of a number of journal articles, training curricula, and the following books: "Walking on Eggshells" (Kendall Hunt), which describes Morita Therapy for abused women; “To Tell the Truth" (Volcano Press), written to assist children through the criminal justice system; "Color of Justice, 2nd Edition" (Allyn & Bacon), the landmark study on minority victimization; "A River to Live By: The 12 Life Principles of Morita Therapy" (Xlibris/Random House); and “Desire for Life: The Practitioner’s Introduction to Morita Therapy for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders (Xlibris/Pearson/Penguin). Please feel free to contact him by e-mail at brian.ogawa@washburn.edu or by phone at (785) 670-2215.