Speaker Biographies

Kathleen Brown PhD, FAAN Speakers

Kathleen Brown is a Practice Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the School of Nursing. She is an expert in Victimology and a sought after witness by legal experts and law enforcement investigators. She is a nurse practitioner in women’s health and a sexual assault nurse examiner. Dr. Brown is a Diplomat in the American Board of Examiners, a Fellow in the Academy of Nursing and a Fellow in the College of Physicians. She is a co-investigator with Dr. Marilyn Sommers on two National Institute of Health funded grants, and co-author with Dr. Mary Muscari of A Quick Reference Guide to Child and Adolescent Forensics, and A Quick Reference Guide to Adult and Older Adult Forensics, the latter of which won a 2010 AJN Book of the Year Award.

Allen G. Burgess, DBA Speakers

A co-author of the Crime Classification Manual, Allen G. Burgess is President and founder of Data Integrity, Inc. Dr. Burgess has more than 35 years of experience in the computer industry. He was among the founding team of Prime Computer, and he was a co-founder of Sequoia Systems. He held senior engineering and product development management positions at Raytheon Company, Nixdorf, Data General Corp., Honeywell Information Systems and Computervision. Dr. Burgess He has taught business management for 13 years at various colleges and universities, including Boston University, Babson College, Bentley College and Northeastern University. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Business Administration from Boston University.

Ann Wolbert Burgess, DNS Speakers

Dr. Ann Wolbert Burgess is an internationally recognized pioneer in the assessment and treatment of victims of trauma and abuse. Currently Professor of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Boston College, Dr. Burgess is Board certified by the American Nurses Association as a Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing and as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. She worked with FBI Academy special agents to study serial offenders, and the links between child abuse, juvenile delinquency, and subsequent perpetration. Dr. Burgess co-founded one of the first hospital-based crisis intervention programs for rape victims at Boston City Hospital in 1972. Research at that program introduced the Rape Trauma Syndrome in 1974. This diagnosis has since gained admissibility in over 300 appellate court decisions. Dr. Burgess has long since expanded her prolific research interests to explore the use of children in pornography; sexual abuse and patterns of crime scenes; elder abuse in nursing homes; cyberstalking; sexual abuse and exploitation of children; and infant kidnapping.

Author of nine textbooks on psychiatric nursing and crisis intervention, Dr. Burgess has also authored ten books on assessment and treatment of child, adolescent, and adult sexual assault victims and serial offenders, including rapists, murderers, child molesters, and abductors. Her books include the award winning Crime Classification Manual, and most recently, Practical Rape Investigation. She has co-authored over 135 articles and chapters in rape victimology, as well as six monographs for the Department of Justice on child sex rings, adolescent rape victimization, adolescent runaways, child molesters and abductors, juvenile prostitution, and infant abductions. Dr. Burgess has also maintained a private psychotherapy practice in the Massachusetts area since 1966.

Dr. Burgess was recognized in 1994 for her continuing achievements and contributions by being elected to the Institute of Medicine, a part of the National Academy of Sciences. In 1996, she chaired the National Research Council’s Task Force on Violence Against Women. She has received numerous other honors including the Sigma Theta Tau International Audrey Hepburn Award, the American Nurses’ Association Hildegard Peplau Award, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Episteme Laureate Award. Her courtroom testimony has been described as “groundbreaking,” and she has been called a “nursing pathfinder.”

Dallas Drake, BS Speakers

Dallas S. Drake is a criminologist, author and educator. He is the co-founder of the Center for Homicide Research and serves as the principal researcher. Drake frequently trains law enforcement, criminal justice professionals, criminologists, and crime victim advocates across the country. He also lectures at colleges and universities.

Drake’s research encompasses, deviant homicides, missing victim homicides, arson-associated homicides, church shootings, dismemberment homicide, and homicidal contagion. In 2004 his book chapter on GLBT homicide was published in an edited volume by Marcel Dekker, an imprint of Taylor & Francis. He is currently assisting the FBI with their research project on sharp-edged weapons. During the course of his research, Drake has performed case reviews on active and cold-case homicides and equivocal death cases in more than two dozen states, several major U.S. cities, and three foreign countries.

Tara Henry, MSN, FNP-C, SANE-A, SANE-P Speakers

Tara Henry is a family nurse practitioner specialized in the area of forensic nursing. For the past 14 years she has provided nursing care to patients affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Tara is the only forensic nurse in Alaska who performs postmortem sexual assault examinations on suspected sex-related homicide victims. Tara provides expert witness testimony in courts throughout the state of Alaska regarding topics in forensic nursing, strangulation, sexual assault, domestic violence, and sex-related homicide.

Currently Tara works in the emergency department as a nurse practitioner, and provides domestic violence and sexual assault training and consultation services for health care providers, hospital administrators, state, federal and municipal law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and defense attorneys, as well as local advocacy agencies. In addition, Tara provides sexual assault program evaluations, quality assurance and peer reviews, and contract clinical services for domestic violence, sexual assault and sexual abuse cases.

Leonard I Morgenbesser PhD Speakers

Dr. Morgenbesser is an Adjunct faculty member with SUNY Empire State College in various capacities since 1998, and is in his 36th full-time service year at HQ, NY State DCCS (Department of Corrections and Community Supervision), formerly DOCS (Dept of Correctional Services), within Program Planning, Evaluation and Research.

His first sexual homicide research was a 1984 co-authored agency paper on characteristics of 50 such offenders in state penal custody. In 2001, in his academic capacity, he organized and participated in a panel with Canadian researchers on sexual homicide at the Montreal Annual Meeting, IALMH (International Academy of Law and Mental Health). In 2007, with Dr Kocsis of Australia, he co-authored a book chapter on a literature review of studies of sexual homicide offenders.

Dr. Morgenbesser's initial academic training (B.A. CUNY/Queens College, M.A. SUNY Binghamton, was in experimental psychology (conditioning/learning, cognition/memory, respectively) followed by his PhD in Criminal Justice (SUNY Albany) in the field of adult corrections. His research interests include sexual assault of elderly victims in insitutions (i.e. nursing homes) and the community, a topic he has studied under Ann Wolbert Burgess RN DNSc, Boston College (Nursing School), in addition to Internet Sex Offenders.

He is a longstanding member of Journal Editorial Boards including the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, and the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. For the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, he served as guest editor of the first known special focus issue in the field on educator sexual abuse of students. Dr. Morgenbesser also has longstanding interests in human resource management in adult corrections. He assisted his Department in 1983-84 in implementing the legislatively-mandated correction officer applicant psychological screening program, at that time among the nation's largest such programs in the public safety field. He served from 1984-90 at that time with the State-operated program as chief of research responsible for criterion-oriented test validation studies.

Dr. Morgenbesser is a volunteer within the National P.O.L.I.C.E. Suicide Foundation, where he serves as the Outreach specialist on behalf of the nation's correctional officer community. A recognized crime victim’s advocate, Dr Morgenbesser also earlier served, on appointment of the City of Albany Common Council, as a Member of that City's first Gun Violence Task Force. His focus has been on issues pertaining to the illegal trafficking of firearms in urban communities including involvement of young people in such illegal firearms possession and use.

Supervisory Special Agent Robert J. Morton Speakers

SSA Morton is currently assigned as a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC), Behavioral Analysis Unit 2 (BAU), and has worked there since 1997. The NCAVC serves as a resource for federal, state and local law enforcement officials in the investigation of bizarre, unusual and repetitive crimes, including serial murder, homicide cases, child abductions, sexual assaults, arsons, bombings, kidnappings, extortions, stalking cases, public corruption and terrorism. As a Supervisory Special Agent assigned to BAU-2, SSA Morton provides analysis of crime scenes, reviews investigations and assesses potential offenders in cases involving serial murder, murder, and other violent crimes committed against adults both in the United States and internationally. He has consulted in hundreds of these types of cases and has been involved in a number of high profile serial murder investigations. He has testified as an expert in state court on issues of crime scene assessment and body disposal.

SSA Morton is actively involved in research on serial murder, and sexual motivated homicides. He routinely provides instruction on violent crime investigations, serial murder and sexually motivated murder to a variety of law enforcement agencies and members of the medico-legal community in the United States and abroad. He was the primary editor on the FBI’s Serial Murder Monograph, Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives for Investigators, and has published a number of articles and book chapters on serial murder, and decomposition.

Prior to joining the NCAVC, SSA Morton was assigned to the FBI’s Chicago, Illinois Field Division. Investigative assignments included violent crime, gang investigations, and terrorism. He was also the NCAVC Field Coordinator for the Chicago FBI Office, facilitating investigations with other law enforcement agencies. He was a Primary Team Leader on the Chicago FBI’s Evidence Response Team (ERT), and supervised the processing of crime scenes in major FBI cases as well as select local cases that requested forensic assistance. SSA Morton participated in processing a number of national major crime scenes, including the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 1996 Olympic Bombing and the 9/11/01 attack on the Pentagon.

SSA Morton holds a Master of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, and a Bachelor's of Arts Degree from Canisius College, Buffalo, New York. He is certified with the International Association for Identification (IAI) as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst for over ten years and has the rank of fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). He was recently awarded the AAFS General Section John Hunt Award for continuing contributions to forensic science. SSA Morton thirty years of law enforcement experience working with the FBI, and the Virginia State Police. He also worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the New York State Mental Health Department and Psychiatric System.

Wade C. Myers, MD Speakers

Dr. Myers is Director of the newly created Division of Forensic Psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital. He is also Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Prior to recently moving to Rhode Island in 2009, he was Professor and Chief of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry at the University of South Florida Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. He received his medical degree from Temple University. His training after psychiatry residency included fellowships in child and adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry, and he is board-certified in these specialties as well as general psychiatry. Dr. Myers has been licensed to practice medicine in the state of Florida since 1984, and in Rhode Island since 2009. He is the author of over 90 scientific publications and one book, Juvenile Sexual Homicide. His primary research interests are in the areas of juvenile and adult homicide and sexual homicide. He is a reviewer for multiple journals, serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Forensic Sciences, and previously served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. From 2001-2002 he served as President of the Florida Psychiatric Society. He was Chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Ethics Committee from 2006-2010. For over 20 years he has maintained a busy forensic psychiatry practice, has served as a forensic psychiatry consultant in 17 states and internationally, and has testified as an expert witness in hundreds of cases. He periodically consults with law enforcement on homicide cases, and he has been a Member of the Homicide Cold Case Team for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Florida since 2005. Additionally, he has taught at the FBI Academy and FBI Symposiums, and was a Member of The FBI’s Serial Murder Symposium Working Group.

Mark E. Safarik M.S., V.S.M. (Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Ret.) Speakers

Mark Safarik was one of the most senior and respected members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit— the famed profiling unit showcased in the movie Silence of the Lambs and currently in the television series Criminal Minds. Mr. Safarik is an internationally recognized expert in the analysis and interpretation of violent criminal behavior. As a former California police detective in violent crimes, Mr. Safarik’s law enforcement career spans over 30 years. Serving with distinction for 23 years in the FBI, he spent over half of his career as a behavioral crime analyst in the FBI’s National Center for Analysis of Violent Crime. As one of the senior and most accomplished profilers in the unit, Mr. Safarik led the consultation efforts on many high profile national and international violent crime cases and shares his expertise in the analysis of various types of homicides and complex crime scene behavior.

Mark has a graduate degree from Boston University and is an adjunct faculty member at Boston College. He is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, a faculty member of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and an advisory board member at the Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law, Duquesne University. He has conducted internationally renowned research on the sexual assault and homicide of elder females and was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Medal from the University of Virginia for his groundbreaking work. He was presented with the 2009 Silver Medal from The Spanish Society of Criminology and Forensic Science, the first non-European to receive this distinct honor. He is a member of the Vidocq Society, the prestigious criminological society in Philadelphia that donates their investigative resources to solving cold case homicides. He is well-published in international journals to include, the Journal of Forensic Sciences, International Journal of Homicide Studies, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and has authored chapters on violent crime in a number of professional textbooks.

Mark specializes in the careful and detailed analysis of violent criminals and their criminal behavior through crime and crime scene analysis. He has reviewed and consulted on thousands of national and international homicide cases and a wide range of violent crimes including sexual assault, criminal paraphilic behavior, extortion, threat assessment, false allegation of sexual assault, offender motivation and deterability, as well as conducting equivocal death assessments.

Mark has provided expert witness testimony throughout the United States on complex behavioral assessments in many high profile cases including the Spokane Serial Killer, the Bakersfield Mass Murder, two California police homicides, and two multiple homicide cases to address issues related to crime dynamics, staging, undoing, as well as understanding what happened, and why. He has appeared on Dateline, Court TV, Forensic Files, and The Discovery Channel to discuss his cases and analyses. He is currently filming his own new television series, Killer Instinct with NBC for spring 2011 and is a consultant for the popular television series CSI: Las Vegas and Bones.

He is a highly regarded lecturer who has instructed, both in the U.S. and internationally, well over 20,000 law enforcement personnel from Chiefs-of-Police to homicide and violent crime investigators, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, medical examiners, crime analysts, mental health professionals, forensic nurses, and academicians among others. He instructs in the areas of crime and crime scene analysis, sexual violence, and violence against the elderly. Mark has been a consultant to law enforcement agencies, universities, writers, television networks, and foreign government entities.

Mark Safarik’s new television series, Killer Instinct, will premiere September 17th at 9PM et/pt on NBCUniversal’s new Cloo network! Killer Instinct, Cloo's first original programming series, consists of 13-episodes featuring many of the high profile murder cases that Mark worked on. He will also be the series host for the new Dateline on Cloo, which airs immediately after Killer Instinct. Check out the Killer Instinct promotional video at this link:

C. Gabrielle Salfati, M.Sc., Ph.D., C.Psychol., F.IA-IP Speakers

C. Gabrielle Salfati is currently Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she directs the Investigative Psychology Research Unit (IPRU). 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 behaviour, in particular the advancement of the science of offender profiling. Her main areas of expertise relate to the methodology of research in offender profiling and linking serial crimes, specifically with a focus on homicide and violent sexual crimes. This work is 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, and provides training to law enforcement and crime analysts internationally.

Michael Stone, MD Speakers

Dr. Stone is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is also on the faculty of the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, and an Attending Psychiatrist at the Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in New Hampton, New York.

He is the author of over two hundred articles and chapters, chiefly on borderline and other personality disorders. He has in addition been author or co-author of eleven books that include Personality Disorders: Treatable and Untreatable, The Borderline Syndromes, The Fate of Borderline Patients, Abnormalities of Personality, and Healing the Mind: A History of Psychiatry. His most recent book, The Anatomy of Evil, was an outgrowth of his interest in the extremes of negative personality, focusing on psychopathy and sadism. Dr. Stone was chosen to host the Discovery Channel television series called “Most Evil,” for which he conducted interviews with serial killers and other homicide offenders, toward the goal of understanding the forces that contribute to the commission of acts of extreme violence. While at the Mid-Hudson forensic hospital, he teaches and supervises the Columbia forensic fellows.

Dr. Stone’s work on evil, severe personality disorder, and murder has been featured in various articles in magazines and newspapers (including the Science Times article on evil that appeared February 2005), and in discussions of these topics in radio and television shows throughout the world. In September of 2005 he participated in an international congress on serial killers, sponsored by the FBI. More recently he has appeared in newspapers and magazines in Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, the Scandinavian countries, and South Africa – the articles focusing either on the Most Evil program or on Josef Fritzl case in Austria (the father who kept his daughter in a bunker underneath his house and sired seven children by her). He has been a guest discussant on various radio shows, such as the Phil Hendrie show on the West Coast, talking about serial killers and about his scale. He has been featured in TV shows about narcissistic personality (Australian TV) and serial killers (British TV). In 2007 Dr. Stone appeared on the Montel Williams TV show, with Dr. Katherine Ramsland; the spotlight was on serial sexual homicide, and on serial killer Gary Ridgway.

Dr. Stone maintains a practice in psychoanalytic and general psychiatry concentrating on personality disorders, and is a consultant to the Personality Disorder Institute directed by Dr. Otto Kernberg. He also performs forensic evaluations in civil (particularly custody) and criminal cases. Dr. Stone also writes on topics related to the history of psychiatry, based on his large library of antiquarian books on psychiatry and psychology dating back to the 15th century. He is a member of the American College of Psychiatrists, the American Academy of Psychiatry & Law, and the Royal College of Psychiatry-London. He has lectured and given workshops and seminars in over thirty five countries, chiefly on subjects related to personality disorders, though in the last ten years he has also given many lectures on forensic topics. The latter include presentations about infanticide, serial killers, psychopathy, sadism, and about factors that predispose to violence in general, and to serial sexual homicide in particular. A related topic he has focused on in the last few years is that of addiction to drugs stimulating the brain’s pleasure center (cocaine, methamphetmine, especially) and their role as catalysts to violence and murder. He has lectured on this topic in Stockholm, Buenos Aires, and elsewhere.

Russel W. Strand Speakers

Russell W. Strand is currently the Chief of the U.S. Army Military Police School Family Advocacy Law Enforcement Training Division. Mr. Strand is a retired U.S. Army CID Federal Special Agent with an excess of 35 year's law enforcement and investigative, and consultation experience. Mr. Strand has specialized expertise, experience and training in the area of domestic violence intervention, critical incident peer support, and sexual assault, trafficking in persons and child abuse investigations.

He has established, developed, produced, and conducted the U.S. Army Sexual Assault Investigations, Domestic Violence Intervention Training, Sexual Assault Investigations and Child Abuse Prevention and Investigation Techniques courses and supervised the development of the Critical Incident Peer Support course. Mr. Strand has also assisted in the development and implementation of Department of Defense (DOD) training standards, programs of instruction, and lesson plans for Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARC), victim advocates, chaplains, criminal investigators, first responders, commanders, and health professionals. He is a member of the Defense Family Advocacy Command Assistance Team and Department of the Army Fatality Review Board. He is also recognized as a U.S. Army and Department of Defense subject matter expert and consultant in the area of spouse and child abuse, critical incident peer support and sexual violence. Mr. Strand was also a member of the Department of the Army Unit Victim Advocate and Deployable SARC training team as well as a trainer for the DOD Joint Task Force – Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (JTF-SAPR). He routinely conducts training for national and international organizations including the following: Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, End Violence Against Woman International, Department of Justice, Calgary Sex Crimes Services, and Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Mr. Strand also developed the DOD Trafficking in Persons Law Enforcement First Responders and Investigators training modules. Mr. Strand continues to conduct interviews of child and adult victims of physical and sexual abuse and provides investigative and consultation support as requested in ongoing sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse investigations, interventions, and military and civilian criminal trials. Mr. Strand also responded to Ft. Hood, TX following the mass shooting to provide critical incident and trauma victim interview support.

Last Updated: 8/25/14