As the Executive Director of the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies, Thomas Underwood is responsible for the overall management of all JCVVS initiatives. He is also the Assistant Dean of Academic Outreach at Washburn University and has administrative oversight of select, high level professional education programs. In addition to the development and instruction of a variety of professional development courses and management of special project, he has taught academic courses in victimology for Washburn University and California State University, Fresno.
Thomas has authored and co-authored numerous articles and book chapters, has served as an editor for publications, and is a frequent reviewer of scholarly works. In addition to his experience as an educator, he has extensive experience in the practice and administration of human services and corrections. He has worked in a correctional institution for youth violent offenders, as a probation officer, as the director of intake and assessment services for a psychiatric hospital, and for a community service agency for at risk children.
Thomas received a Doctorate in Foundations and Adult Education from Kansas State University. His doctoral dissertation was entitled "The Professionalization of Victim Assistance: An Exploratory Study of Attitudinal Dimensions and Factors." He received a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kansas and a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Washburn University.