Executive Committee

Brian Ogawa

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.