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Executive Committee

The Executive Committee serves to support the development and delivery of initiatives that reflect the goals of the JCVVS.

The Executive Committee is comprised of the Executive Director, representatives from CSU-Fresno, representatives from Washburn University, and University of New Haven.

Meet the Members

Mario Gaboury, PhD, JD

University of New Haven

Mario Thomas Gaboury, J.D., Ph.D. is Associate Dean in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, and Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven, where he also directs the UNH Crime Victim Study Center. He was recently named the Oskar Schindler Humanities Foundation Endowed Professor at UNH for 2007-2009 and will focus these efforts on research and teaching on humanitarianism and addressing the problem of human trafficking. He is formerly Deputy Director, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), U.S. Department of Justice and previously served as Legislative Specialist for the National Organization for Victim Assistance. Dr. Gaboury has consulted with numerous local, state and federal agencies, and local and national non-profit organizations over the past 30 years on topic areas including crime victims' rights and services, community policing and problem-solving policing, missing and exploited children, crime prevention and drug demand reduction, child and family services, juvenile justice, teen pregnancy prevention, and strategic planning. He is currently chairing the OVC-TTAC Working Group developing the new National Victim Assistance Academy, was a Senior Faculty Member for the original National Victim Assistance Academy, and also served as the Academic Director of the Connecticut Judicial Branch's State Victim Assistance Academy. He is President of the American Society of Victimology and serves on the Executive Committee of the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies. Dr. Gaboury has authored several chapters and articles and has delivered over 90 professional papers and workshops.

Bernadette Muscat, PhD

CSU Fresno

Bernadette Muscat is an assistant professor in the Criminology Department at CSU-Fresno where she serves as the Victimology coordinator. She has worked with victims of domestic violence by serving as a legal advocate and by providing counseling, education, and legal advocacy in shelter and court environments. She has worked with law enforcement agencies, victim service programs, and court programs in program and policy development, evaluation, research, and training to ensure effective administration of victim assistance. She has also worked with state coalitions to develop and implement victim-related polices. She has provided professional entry level and advanced training to a variety of victim service providers nationwide on topics such as domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, trauma response, elder abuse, victims with disabilities, workplace violence, research, and policy development. She works extensively with local, state, and national level multi-disciplinary task force groups to address family violence and violence against women.

Bernadette is currently working with the California Office of Emergency Services (OES) Law Enforcement and Victim Witness Division on the creation and implementation of the California State Victim Assistance Academy (CVAA). The CVAA provides 40-hour training to victim service practitioners throughout California. She is also the Project Co-Director for the Violence Prevention Project (VPP) at California State University, Fresno. This program was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women to create a comprehensive prevention program to address victimization of women on a college campus, as well as improve intervention services on-campus and in the community for those who are victimized. She is also conducting research with the Fresno County Department of Child and Family Services on child foster care placements and with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on the victimization patterns of female inmates. In addition, she is working on a grant funded through the National Institute of Justice to examine safety issues of female inmates. She has written and presented on a variety of topics related to victimology, family violence, female victimization, domestic violence, underserved victim populations, and campus oriented crimes

Bernadette has a doctorate and masters degree in Public Administration (Criminal Justice emphasis) from Pennsylvania State University. She also has a certification in crisis prevention from the Crisis Prevention Institute.

Brian Ogawa, D.Min.

Washburn University

Brian Ogawa is department chair and professor in the Department of Human Services at Washburn University. Brian's areas of expertise include victimology, victim/survivor services, post trauma, cultural competence, hate and bias crimes, violence against women, child victimization, and Morita and Naikan therapies. Brian is also the Director of the Health Center Pacific, internationally known for professional training and certification in Eastern Psychotherapies. He was most recently Director of the Crime Victims' Institute, the state research and policy program for crime victim rights and services in the Office of the Texas Attorney General. Brian was also previously 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. Brian has been the director of a prosecutor-based victim/witness assistance division, a university-based mental health researcher, youth volunteer services director, deputy medical examiner in behavioral analysis, and counselor in private practice.

Brian's education includes a doctorate in advanced pastoral studies and counseling from San Francisco Theological Seminary; masters of divinity in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary; and bachelors in social sciences from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Brian has presented numerous lectures, keynotes, and workshops internationally on a variety of topics, including human trafficking, substance abuse and domestic violence, cultural issues in child victimization, research and policy issues, and transcultural and holistic approaches to victim trauma. He 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. He has served on numerous national boards and committees, including the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women for the U.S. Departments of Justice and 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, Brian received the National Crime Victim Service Award, presented by the President and the Attorney General in ceremonies at the White House.

Brian is the author of the acclaimed books, Walking on Eggshells (Volcano Press) which describes Morita therapy for women in or leaving an abusive relationship; To Tell the Truth (Volcano Press) , written to assist children through the criminal justice system; and Color of Justice, 2nd Edition , (Allyn and Bacon), the landmark study on minority victimization. His new book, A River to Live By: The 12 Life Principles of Morita Therapy, is now available at www.drbrianogawa.com.

Dan Petersen, PhD

Washburn University

Dan Petersen is the Associate Dean of the School of Applied Studies and faculty in the Department of Human Services at Washburn University. Some of his professional experiences include program director and acting superintendent of a state institution for children with developmental disabilities. He served on the National Victim Assistance Standards Consortium.

Some of his many publications and presentations include "Privileged Communication and Victim Advocacy" and "Analysis of Antecedent Control of Aberrant Behavior." He authored or co-authored the chapters "Impact of Stress: Physiological and Psychological Aspects," "Trauma Response and Crime Victims," and "Victims of Criminal Death" for the JCVVS text, Victim Assistance: Exploring Individual Practice, Organizational Policy, and Societal Responses. He contributed to a chapter on research and evaluation for the NVAA Text and he contributed a chapter on homicide and on the criminal justice system to a text funded by the Office for Victims of Crime.

Dan has a doctorate in Development and Clinical Psychology from the University of Kansas and a masters in Human Development from the same institution. He received a bachelor degree from North Central College.

Tracy Tamborra, PhD

University of New Haven

Tracy L. Tamborra is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven.  She completed her doctoral degree in Criminal Justice from City University of New York/John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Tamborra’s research interests include sexual assault/abuse and domestic violence.  She also studies and teaches courses on the impact of the criminal justice system on women, persons of color, individuals affected by poverty and other historically marginalized groups. 

Professor Tamborra serves on the Executive Committee of the American Society of the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies.  She comes to academia after many years of direct service with victims of child abuse, sexual assault/abuse and domestic violence; most recently she was the Director of Domestic Violence Services at a not for profit organization in Jersey City, NJ. 

Professor Tamborra has delivered professional workshops and academic paper presentations, as well as, developed and facilitated numerous trainings for government agencies, prosecutor’s offices, police departments and not for profit organizations.

Thomas Underwood, PhD, MPA

Executive Director
Washburn University

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.

Steven Walker, PhD

CSU Fresno

Steven Walker is the former Associate Dean of the College of Social Science and former Chair of the Criminology Department at CSU, Fresno. He has been involved in developing victim services education programs for over 25 years. He expanded the CSU, Fresno Victim Services Certificate program and created the first Victim Services Summer Institute in 1989. He designed and implemented the first victimology major in the United States at CSU, Fresno in 1992 and subsequently created the victim services major at Kansas City Kansas Community College (A.A. Degree) and assisted in the development of the victim services major at Washburn University (B.A. Degree).

As a clinical psychologist and an educator for over 30 years, Dr. Walker has done numerous workshops on alcohol and drug treatment, victim services, and victim service education standards. He has been the Clinical Director or Administrator of four different alcohol/drug treatment programs through the years. He has been a consultant to numerous states on the development of standards and certification in victim services. Along with Christine Edmunds, he wrote the original proposal for the National Victim Assistance Academy, and in 2000 he was one of 15 professionals in the United States on the National Consortium of Victim Services Standards. He was honored as OVC's Allied Professional of the year in 2007.

He was Vice President of the American Society for Victimology from 2003 to 2006. For a number of years, he has facilitated the development of the first doctorate in victimology. In 2006, the U.S. Navy honored him as Preceptor of the Year for his clinical supervision of the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program at Lemoore Naval Air Station. Since 2010, he has been Professor Emeritus and lives on the central coast of California while traveling and doing volunteer work in Costa Rica.