February 23, 2019

Council Member Bios

ACIA Council

Warren (Ned) Benton, Ph.D. is chair of the ACIA Council and was the first Executive Director. His academic discipline is counseling psychology, and he completed a clinical psychology internship at Decatur Memorial Hospital Mental Health Center in Decatur, IL. He, then, joined the National Clearinghouse for Criminal Justice Planning and Architecture in the Architecture Department of the University of Illinois and became their Director of Planning, directing consulting and master planning studies for prison systems. In 1975, he was appointed as the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. In 1979, he accepted an appointment as a Professor at John Jay College. In the 1980s, Dr. Benton completed a book titled Execucomp: Maximum Management With The New Computers which won a Library Journal “Best Business books of 1983″ Award. He currently serves as the Monitor in United States of American v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Roddrick Colvin, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In addition to his interests in employment policy, he is also interested in gay rights, hate crimes, and international human rights policies. He currently teaches courses in public administration, human resources management, and policy analysis.

Ric Curtis, Ph.D. is the Chair of the Anthropology Department at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and since 1978, has conducted ethnographic research in New York City neighborhoods. In the summer of 2000, he conducted a “rapid assessment” of HIV/AIDS risk in Newark, New Jersey for the Surgeon Generals office. In the summer of 2003, he led a team of researchers in conducting a rapid assessment of shootings and homicides in two Brooklyn police precincts for the District Attorney’s office. In 2006-08, he participated in a CDC-funded study to examine drug injector behaviors in Long Island and New York City; led a study of drug dealing and violence in Rochester, NY; and conducted a study of commercially sexually exploited children in New York City. In 2008-09, he has studied immigrant victims of violence in Hempstead, NY, and methamphetamine markets in New York City. Dr. Curtis serves on the Boards of Directors of several local social service organizations, including Family Services Network and The After Hours Project in Brooklyn, and CitiWide Harm Reduction in the Bronx.

Glenn Corbett, M. Eng. is Associate Professor in the Department of Protection Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and he serves as a member of the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Investigation. Mr. Corbett has extensive experience in different facets of fire protection including the fields of firefighting and fire prevention, as well as in-depth knowledge of the development and trends of the American fire protection profession.

Erik D. Goodman, Ph.D. is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University. He received the B.S. (mathematics) in 1966, and M.S. in 1968 (systems science) from MSU, and the Ph.D. (computer and communication sciences) in 1971 from the University of Michigan. Goodman directed the Case Center for Computer-Aided Engineering and Manufacturing from 1983-2002, and MSU’s Manufacturing Research Consortium from 1993-2003. He is co-director of MSU’s Genetic Algorithms Research and Applications Group (GARAGe). He is co-founder and vice president of Red Cedar Technology, Inc., where he develops design optimization software for use in industry. He was chosen Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year 2009 by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan. Prof. Goodman was Chair of the Executive Board of the International Society for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, 2002-2004. He was founding chair of the ACM’s Special Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO), from 2005-2007. He has been working in evolutionary computation since 1970, and has also published extensively in ecosystem modeling and simulation and in manufacturing process simulation and verification. His current research includes automated design of dynamic systems using genetic programming and use of agent–based modeling to allow optimization of regulation of telecommunications and planning of emergency response/evacuation.

Steve Gorelick Ph.D.  (Distinguished Lecturer, Hunter College) earned M.A. degrees in media studies and higher education administration from Columbia University and a Ph.D. degree in sociology (criminology and media studies) from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Crime and Delinquency, the Media Studies Journal at Columbia University, Contemporary Sociology, and Violence and Gender. His current teaching/research topics include crisis communication and social media use during catastrophic incidents, the social construction of expertise in mass media, with emphasis on how media experts are identified, represented, and depicted; the cultural history of disease and disaster. Most recently he contributed a chapter to the new Handbook of Critical Incident Analysis (January, 2012) entitled “The Dynamics of Critical Incidents in the Age of New Media: Examining the Role of the Self-Appointed or Media-Anointed Expert.” The handbook is a collection of essays examining the social impact of sudden high-profile incidents of violence and disaster on society and culture. Steve has also held a variety of senior administrative positions in higher education. Most recently, he served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, a position in which he was responsible for media relations, political and government affairs, marketing, development, and public relations. An advisor to governments and agencies on crisis communications during and after high profile acts of crime and violence, he has served as a consultant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, The Food and Drug Administration, and the research division of NBC News. He now serves on the Advisory Council of the Dart Center on Journalism and Trauma at the Columbia University School of Journalism, a global network of journalists, journalism educators and mental health professionals dedicated to improving media coverage of trauma, conflict and tragedy. He also serves on the editorial board of the journal Violence and Gender. His columns and essays have appeared in The International Herald Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Los Angeles Times. In March 2005, he was invited to visit Spain as a delegate to The Club of Madrid’s International Summit on Terrorism and Democracy, where he spoke about the challenges faced by democratic institutions during high profile incidents of crime, violence, and human rights violations. In 2007, he was named a Fulbright Scholar by the German Fulbright Commission and participated in the Berlin German Studies Seminar.

Victor Herbert, Ed.D. currently is the Executive Director of ACIA and distinguished lecturer in the Protection Management Department of John Jay College, City University of New York. Previously he served the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) as the departmental Dean of Instruction. He came to this position after multiple experiences in higher education, civil service and the K-12 public school system. He has been an associate faculty member at Chapman University, Arizona State University, Norwalk Community College and St. Joseph’s College in New York. Prior to joining FDNY, he was a school superintendent in three cities: New York, Phoenix and Norwalk. He began his educational career as teacher of English and Spanish and later went on to win the Fund for the City of New York’s award as educator of the year in 1983. He has two bachelor’s degrees, one in philosophy and the other in theology. He has a master’s degree in English, a 6th Year Diploma in Educational Administration and Supervision and a doctorate in Educational Leadership.


Charles Jennings, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Protection Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. His research interests include deployment studies, policy for fire and emergency services, as well a the relationship between community characteristics and demand for services. His past research has included examination of post-disaster community development. Jennings spent over 20 years as a firefighter and fire officer, serving most recently as Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety for the City of White Plains, NY. Jennings also serves as Director of the Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies (RaCERS) at John Jay College.


Frank Ochberg, M.D. is a founding board member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and recipient of their highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. He edited the first text on treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and served on the committee that defined PTSD. Ochberg founded and secured the funding for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, served as its first chairman and now is chairman emeritus of the Center. He helps journalists understand traumatic stress and he helps traumatic stress experts understand journalists. He was associate director of the National Institute of Mental Health and director of the Michigan Mental Health Department. At Michigan State University, he is clinical professor of psychiatry, formerly adjunct professor of criminal justice, and adjunct professor of journalism.

Ochberg developed, with colleagues, the National Center for Critical Incident Analysis, Global Youth Connect (a young persons’ human-rights organization), Gift From Within (a charity for persons with PTSD), and the Committee for Community Awareness and Protection (responding to serial-killer threats). For the latter activity, he is the first physician to receive the Law Enforcement Medal of the Sons of the American Revolution. As a Red Cross volunteer, Ochberg has helped families at sites of earthquakes, floods, fires and aircraft disasters. He represents the Dart Foundation and directs their support of victimization programs around the world.


John Ryan, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Virginia Tech where he teaches the Sociology of Law. He received his PhD from Vanderbilt University. His research interests include the study of violence and crime control within communities. One line of research has been to examine the relative effectiveness of violence intervention programs that focus on structural issues (for example, enforcing housing codes) versus those that focus on cultural issues (for example, parenting or self-esteem classes). He has also researched dimensions of community solidarity and recovery from critical incidents, the effectiveness of community policing, and the relationship among grass-roots neighborhood anti-crime organizations, community policing, social disorganization and crime

Gabrielle Salfati, Ph.D. joined the Department of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2003, from the Centre for Investigative Psychology at the University of Liverpool in the UK, where she held the positions of Course Director for the Masters program in Forensic Behavioral Science and the position of Deputy Course Director for the Masters program in Investigative Psychology. She is part of the first group of people who emerged within the new field of Investigative Psychology, and was instrumental in its development as an international research field on the empirical analysis of violent criminal behavior, in particular the advancement of the science of offender profiling. She has now continued the work started in the UK at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at City University of New York, where she is currently the Director of the Offender Profiling & Crime Scene Analysis Research Unit. Her main areas of expertise are homicide and sexual offenses, in particular with reference to offender profiling, classifications of violent crime, linking serial crime, and cross-cultural comparisons. She is currently working on a number of interrelated projects dealing with various facets of violent crime and deviance. In particular, this work is now being developed within an international framework through collaboration with major research centers and law enforcement agencies internationally. She has presented and published widely both nationally and internationally on her work, is a Founding Board Member of the International Association of Investigative Psychology, is an Associate Editor on the Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, is on the Board of Editors of a number of other key academic journals, and is also actively involved with the US-based Homicide Research Working Group.

Richard Schwester, Ph.D. is Associate Director of ACIA and assistant professor in the Department of Public Management. He received a Ph.D. in public administration from Rutgers University. His research centers on police and fire service delivery models, prison privatization, and the use of technology in government (e-government). Some of his most recent work appears in Public Budgeting and Finance, the International Journal of Public Administration, and the International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior. Schwester serves as managing editor of the Journal of Critical Incident Analysis.


Bruce Shapiro is executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism encouraging innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide. An award-winning reporter on human rights, criminal justice and politics, Shapiro is a contributing editor at The Nation and U.S. correspondent for Late Night Live on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National. Shapiro’s most recent book is Shaking the Foundations: 200 Years of Investigative Journalism in America (Nation Books). He is co-author of Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America’s Future, with Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (New Press). He teaches investigative journalism at Yale University, and has been featured as a commentator on the BBC, CNN, Fox News and NPR.