Director

Mary Breaux

Dr. Mary Breaux is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Victim Studies at Sam Houston State University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in victimology. Her research has focused on child abuse and neglect, and elder maltreatment. Her scholarly work has been published in the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect. Prior to becoming a faculty member, she worked for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services for both child and adult protective services. While under the child protective services program she served as sexual abuse investigator, protective services institute trainer, and human resources specialist. She spent the last ten years of her tenure with the adult protective services program as a community relations specialist educating the community and organizations about adult protectives services and fostering community and agency partnerships.

Dr. Breaux assisted in pioneering the new Department of Victim Studies for the College of Criminal Justice and Criminology. She served on the planning committee for the new Criminal Justice Equity and Inclusion Minor offered in The College of Criminal Justice. She is an At-Large Board Member for the Texas Victim's Service Association (TVSA). She also serves as member of the Texas Elder Abuse and Mistreatment Institute (TEAM) and the UTHealth Consortium on Aging.

Dr. Breaux was recently awarded the 2020 College of Criminal Justice and Criminology Faculty Community Engagement Award for excellence in community engagement.

Graduate Research Assistants

Taylor Robinson

Taylor Robinson began the Ph.D. program in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Sam Houston State University in the Fall of 2019. She received a B.S. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Forensic Science (2017) and a M.S. in Victim Services Management (2019) at SHSU. Her research interests include child abuse or maltreatment, intimate partner or family violence among minority populations, specifically, African Americans, as well as sexual assault victimization, and hate crime victimization.

Alyssa Linares

Alyssa Linares began the master's program in the Department of Victim Studies at Sam Houston State University in the Fall of 2020. She received a B.S. in Victim Studies with a minor in Accounting in May of 2020 at SHSU. She plans to become a Crisis Intervention Counselor, specializing in domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Her research interests are in these areas. After gaining experience, she hopes to advance to become a program director then to join the United Nation's anti- human trafficking unit.