Director, Texas School Safety Center
Texas State University
Dr. Victoria Calder is the Director of the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University. The Texas School Safety Center is tasked, in Chapter 37.108 of the Texas Education Code, with oversight for school safety and security mandates for all 1,025 school districts and 50 community college districts in Texas. The Center is also tasked with priority actions pertaining to school safety in the Texas Governor’s Homeland Security Strategic Plan. Dr. Calder holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and is licensed in Texas as both a clinical psychologist and as a school psychologist. Her areas of specialization include school-based emergency management, bully prevention, threat management, disaster behavioral health, and the psychology of terrorism. She serves on the Texas Homeland Security Council and the Central Texas Counterterrorism Working Group. Prior to her tenure at the Center, Dr. Calder was in private practice as a psychologist and also served in the Dallas Independent School District for 17 years in various administrative functions including senior-level program evaluator, emergency management coordinator, gang specialist, and manager of leadership development.