Center for Education in Mass Violence and Suicide

Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach, Ph.D. - Center Director

Lisa Pescara Kovach

Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach is an associate professor of educational psychology at The University of Toledo where she serves as the Director for the Center for Education in Mass Violence and Suicide and Chair of The University of Toledo Mass Violence Collaborative In addition, she is an advisory board member for the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) and mass violence-related content creator for the ALICE Training Institute.

Within the community, she has served as the region’s Crisis Intervention Team “Fundamentals of Mental Illness” trainer since 2014 and is the co-founder and lead member of the Northwestern Ohio Critical Incident Stress Management team that assists survivors of, and first responders to, critical incidents toward preventing stress- and trauma-related outcomes. She is also on the advisory board of the Lucas County Suicide Prevention Coalition.

She has created and teaches master and doctoral level seminars on:

  • school violence: theories, causes, prevention, and intervention
  • threat assessment and case management of rampage shootings and suicides
  • applied child and adolescent development
  • prevention through recovery for K-12, campus, and workplace interpersonal and intrapersonal violence

Some of her recent publications include “The Contagion Effect as it Relates to Public Mass Shootings and Suicides” in the Journal of Behavioral Intervention Teams as well as a co-authored publication with Dr. Brian Van Brunt titled, “Debunking the Myths: Mental Illness and Mass Shootings” in Violence and Gender. Lisa’s work was recently featured on Salon.com and TheHill.com on the topics of media contagion and female mass killers, respectively.

She was a featured speaker at the 2018 NaBITA annual conference, where she presented “Clearing Up the Confusion: Mental Health and Mass Shootings”. She also conducted a presentation on the reality of female mass shooters. Other recent peer-reviewed conference presentations include, but are not limited to, terrorist recruitment of youth, a comprehensive approach to planning for a mass shooting, conducting a behavioral threat assessment, the myth of mental illness and mass shooters, bullying and its link to suicides and homicides, mental health and the student-athlete, recognizing at-risk students, de-escalation with mentally ill students and patients, and PTSD in emergency response personnel. 

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Relevant Experience Related to the Center of MASS Violence and Suicide

  • Campus Violence Prevention and Protection Trainer (trained through Department of Justice Services Grant 2011-DG-BX-K013) Member, Rhodes ECAIPP (Education, Communication, Assessment, Intervention and Protection Plan) Advisory Board
  • K – 12 Behavioral Intervention Team Trainer (trained through Department of Justice Services Grant 2011-DB-BX-K013)
  • Conducted Threat Assessment trainings for ProMedica Toledo and ProMedica Flower Hospitals
  • Created Online Curriculum for Rhodes State Center for Critical Incident Response and Prevention
  • Threat Assessment Team Founder and Supervisor – Oregon City School District
  • Threat Assessment Case Specialist
  • Advisory Board Member – Lucas County Suicide Prevention Coalition
  • Content Creator and Presenter – Lucas County Suicide Prevention Coalition
  • Fundamentals of Mental Health Content Creator and Presenter – Northwest Ohio area
  • Crisis Intervention Team training *Chair, Community BRAVE (Bullying Resources And Violence Education) Initiative

She has created and teaches master and doctoral level seminars on

  •  School violence: theories, causes, prevention, and intervention
  •  Threat assessment and case management of rampage shootings and suicides
  •  Applied child and adolescent development
  •  Prevention through recovery for K-12, campus, and workplace interpersonal and intrapersonal violence

Recent publications include “The Contagion Effect as it Relates to Public Mass Shootings and Suicides” in the Journal of Behavioral Intervention Teams as well as a co-authored publication with Dr. Brian Van Brunt, titled, “Debunking the Myths: Mental Illness and Mass Shootings” in Violence and Gender.

This year, she was an invited featured speaker at the NaBITA annual conference, where she presented Clearing Up the Confusion: Mental Health and Mass Shootings. She also conducted a presentation on the reality of female mass shooters.

Some of the peer-reviewed conference presentations she has given include a history of female rampage shooters, conducting a behavioral threat assessment, mental illness and mass shooters, bullying and its link to suicides and homicides, mental health and the student-athlete, recognizing at-risk students, de-escalation with mentally ill students and patients, and PTSD in emergency response personnel. She has designed and currently teaches graduate level seminars on the causes, consequences, and prevention of school and workplace violence, case management in suicide and mass shootings as well as prevention, intervention, active response, and recovery in public mass shootings, terrorist recruitment, and suicides.

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Psychology w/Minor in Clinical Psychology

*All degrees earned in the Department of Psychology, The University of Toledo

Last Updated: 3/11/20