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Dr. Scott J. Modell, Deputy Commissioner

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Scott Modell Scott J. Modell received his Ph.D. from the College of Education at Florida State University in 1997. Dr. Modell is currently serving as the Deputy Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services. Most recently he has served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Dr. Modell spent 15 years as a Professor at California State University, Sacramento. Over the last 5 years, he additionally served as Director of the university's Autism Center for Excellence. He is an expert in child abuse, crime victims with disabilities, disability etiology, and interview techniques. He has authored six books and has over 200 published articles and abstracts. Dr. Modell is frequently invited to lecture at national and international conferences for law enforcement and child welfare agencies. Over the past 12 years, he has worked with multiple agencies regarding crime victimization and serving as an expert witness. Dr. Modell has taught for the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC), National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC), California District Attorneys Association (CDAA), National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA), New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission, National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), and the Singapore National Council of Social Service. He has conducted workshops and trainings reaching thousands police officers, child protective service and adult protective service professionals across the country. He has received international recognition for his work in the area of crime victims and interview techniques for individuals with developmental disabilities. In addition to his scholarship, Dr. Modell is widely recognized at the local, state, and national level for the provision of community-based services for individuals with disabilities.


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