The Executive Director of the Violence Prevention Agency is Dr. Tau Braun (Ed.D., M.S., EMT). Dr. Braun is a Violence Prevention Specialist. He is a South African registered Clinical Psychologist and has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology. As Executive Director, Dr. Tau Braun manages the operations, personnel, partnerships, and budget of the VPA.


In a world that is becoming increasingly vulnerable and fearful of the loss of life and trauma caused by violence, Dr. Tau Braun’s epistemological, humanistic, systems-based approach offers a compassionate, scientific, optimistic, and mindful solution to this complex issue. Dr. Braun provokes a strong reaction from his audience. He challenges us to think about the root causes of violence and inspires us to be empathetic in our response to those that cause harm to themselves and others. He makes a strong case to see violence as a public health issue, not a criminal-justice one, and to be proactive and adaptive in our response. He believes that not only is it the most ethical approach, but also the only option that is viable, sustainable, and in sync with a rapidly changing world. Dr. Braun’s unbashful and unwavering commitment to reducing suffering and improving conditions for all will leave you feeling uplifted, hopeful, informed, and recruited in working towards a much-needed pathway to a safer and happier world.


Dr. Tau Braun is a thought leader and eminent speaker on Violence Prevention and Response. He advises and trains educational institutions, healthcare facilities, and government organizations in Violence Prevention Strategies, including Threat Management; Mass Casualty Attack Prevention, Preparedness, and Response; and Counterterrorism. His research and teaching focuses on the use of a biopsychosocial (BPS) approach to violence prevention and intervention efforts. He regularly guest lectures at several universities and presents at global conferences, notably, FEMA Active Shooter Preparation for Higher Education, the National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference, Master The Disaster, CBRAC Violence Prevention Symposium, the Preparedness Summit, INTERCEP Urgent Threat Forum, ACI-NA Airport Collaborative: Crisis Management Workshop, and the California Department of Public Health - EMSA Emergency Preparedness Training Workshop. 


Dr. Braun earned his Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. His dissertation explored the relationship between organizational culture and the implementation of strategies for Workplace Violence Prevention. Dr. Braun is a graduate of the Advanced Threat Assessment and Threat Management Academy of Gavin De Becker and Associates. He has trained with Lt. Col. Grossman, Capt. Robert Martin, Dr. Reid Meloy and Lt. Tom Taylor in Advanced Threat Assessment and Threat Management, with Dr. Stephen White and Dr. Reid Meloy in Workplace Assessment for Violence Risk, with Dr. Robert Hare and Dr. Matt Logan in interviewing and assessing individuals for psychopathic traits, and the Evolution of Mass Murder with Dr. Mary Ellen O’Toole and Dr. Reid Meloy. Dr. Braun has received IED Counterterrorism Training from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Bombing Prevention.


Dr. Braun serves as an advisor to Firestorm's Crisis and Emergency Management Expert Council, the RANE Network, and Metropolitan Healthcare Security Directors Association (MHSDA) and was a past advisor to Safe and Sound Schools.


Dr. Braun is a member of ASIS International, the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP - Past Vice President Northeast Chapter), Global Society for Homeland and National Security Professionals, the Health Professions Council of South Africa (as a licensed Clinical Psychologist), Human Resource Association of New York (HR/NY), the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS), the National Sheriff's Association, the Metropolitan Healthcare Security Directors Association (MHSDA), and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).


  • A Biopsychosocial (BPS) approach to Violence Prevention.

  • Violence Prevention, Preparedness, and Response for Healthcare Settings

  • The Role of Hyperconnectivity in Mass Attacker Conation.

  • Violence as a Public Health Issue.

  • The role of Emergency Management in Violence Prevention, Preparedness, and Response.

  • Reducing Youth Violence - A Threat Management Approach.

Dr. Tau Braun (Ed.D., M.Sc., EMT)


Dr. Braun’s presentation on Violence Prevention and De-Escalation was both captivating and thought provoking.  He has the ability to take a very serious and often scary topic and frame it in a way that is digestible and retainable.  The dialysis community has greatly benefited from his knowledge and passion on this topic.  We look forward to ongoing collaborations to help improve safety in the delivery of care to our dialysis population.


Eileen Rhodes, Patient Services Director, HealthInsight ESRD Alliance - Network 18


"Dr. Braun’s Advanced Violence Prevention Training for Healthcare received outstanding feedback from our group. The subject matter was delivered in a unique and thought provoking way. Security Directors and Law Enforcement Professionals would find this type of training highly beneficial."


Robert Casazza, Director of Security for NYU Lutheran Medical Center, former Commanding Officer, NYPD Homicide Squad. 


“The one thing that has left a lasting impression on me and has changed my perspective, is Dr. Braun’s love for the human race!! We all love to help people good or bad, but he reminded me that they are people and should be treated as such. I was deeply moved by his passion for the work that he does.”


Daniel Ramirez, Coordinator for the Emergency Medical Task Force 11, South Texas.


“Our region was inspired, deeply moved and motivated to embrace our social responsibilities and work diligently to help prevent another tragedy.”


Hilary Watt, Executive Director, Coastal Bend Regional Advisory Council (CBRAC).


“I have had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Braun speak on three occasions now. I was particularly moved at the National Healthcare Coalition Conference on the day of the San Bernardino shooting.  Coincidentally, Dr. Braun was scheduled to speak that same afternoon at an active shooter presentation.  I have not forgotten how gracefully he delivered the difficult and emotional subject matter to an audience that consisted of some employees of the very San Bernardino Public Health office that was affected. I have shared what I learned from Dr. Braun that day with our hospital staff at almost every level, as well as many of our hospital preparedness partners.  His dedication to sharing and educating to his message is evident and I look forward to future opportunities to hear him present.”


Nicole Vorzimer,  Pre-Hospital Care Coordinator/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Simi Valley Hospital.


"Dr. Braun’s recent presentation at our symposium, Master the Disaster 2016, engaged our audience in a dynamic discussion surrounding the very sensitive subject of Violence in America. Dr. Braun's style and ease with the subject caused them to leave the presentation with a new perspective on acts of violence and steps to walk forward as first responders. It was truly an amazing presentation on the subject".  


Dan Wall, Manager, Public Health, EPO Emergency Medical Services Agency, Ventura County, CA.


"Dr. Braun is, without a doubt, one of the best public speakers I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. His passion and knowledge of the subject allow him to fully engage and connect with the audience, no matter the size." 


Janelle Leza, Program Development, Emergency Preparedness Office - Ventura County Emergency Medical Services Agency.


"Thank you very much for your terrific participation with the FEMA Active Shooter in Universities event today. We all greatly appreciate your work and your involvement in FEMA’s Strengthening Preparedness and Resilience in Higher Education Workshop Panel. Thanks to your efforts, and because of your adept and expert presentation capabilities, a room full of emergency managers and university public safety professionals were further educated today on the latest preparedness techniques in higher education with regard to effectively dealing with an active shooter event."


Julie Nacos, Preparedness Unit, Individual and Community Preparedness, FEMA/DHS Region II.


"The content, knowledge of the speaker, Dr. Braun, and the presentation itself was outstanding! I would definitely book Dr. Braun to speak again."


Dr. Carly Goldberg, Instructor, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania.


"Dr. Braun provided our students with very useful information on violence prevention during our professional issues seminar. The stories and examples he used were highly engaging and helped people understand this important and multi-faceted topic."


Shawn Price, NSSLHA Student President, Nova Southeastern University.


“Dr. Braun is an innovative, energetic and knowledgeable speaker and consultant. He brings a high level of positivity, enthusiasm, expertise and professionalism to his work. It is evident that he is truly passionate about helping others.”


Beatriz Caicedo-Maddison, Professional Engineer and Project Manager, Florida Department of Transportation. 


"Trinity Place Shelter, a 10-bed transitional shelter for homeless LGBT youth and young adults, was fortunate enough to host Dr. Tau Braun for a two-part workshop on violence prevention. Most of the residents at Trinity Place come from backgrounds marked by disenfranchisement, marginalization and trauma. What’s more, many of our youth are targeted victims of anti-gay and anti-transgender-violence on a daily basis. Dr. Braun expertly tailored the workshop to address the very specific needs of the youth and skillfully created a space that was non-judgmental, youth-friendly and LGBTQ-sensitive. Using a strengths-based approach, Dr. Braun and the youth actively engaged in dynamic, empowering discussions of violence and violence prevention which were relevant to their lives and cognizant of their strengths."


Wendy Kaplan, LCSW, Trinity Place Shelter, NYC. 


"The lecture was well organized and appropriate to the students of the program.  Information was presented in a manner that was easy to follow and not overwhelming.  The serious nature of the topic was presented in such a way that students were empowered rather than overwhelmed and fearful. Thank you so much. Students will benefit from this information."


Dr. Angela Sherman, Speech-Language and Communication Disorders, Nova Southeastern University.