Vicki Nishioka

Vicki Nishioka is a Senior Researcher at Education Northwest. She has extensive research and professional development experience in the area of school climate/discipline, community and school-based mental health services, civil rights, special education, alternative education, Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS), and reducing racial/ethnic discipline disparities. She has authored and co-authored refereed articles, book chapters, and research reports in the area of education and school aggression. She currently leads the REL Northwest work on reducing disproportionate discipline practices, coordinates the Northwest Comprehensive Center work with Oregon’s state education agencies, and is an expert consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice on civil rights violations related to race, ethnicity, and disability.

Before joining Education Northwest, Dr. Nishioka was co-principal investigator for evaluation of three Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiatives and University of Oregon projects funded by the Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on school and classroom discipline. Dr. Nishioka also has extensive experience developing and directing an array of community-based services for children and youth in the child welfare or juvenile justice system who experienced high rates of trauma and associate behavioral health problems.