Dr. Diane Gout has worked in the field of violence against women for over 20 years. She has experience in trauma-based practice and has worked with survivors of rape, incest, and domestic violence. In addition to direct practice intervention, Dr. Gout has worked with multi-disciplinary teams to develop policies and protocols, evaluate systems, and conduct research on issues of trauma and abuse. She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Dr. Gout conferred her PhD from Boston University in the Interdisciplinary Sociology and Social Work Program. Her dissertation is entitled "Cultural identity and familial relationships as protective factors against intimate partner violence among American Indian and Alaska Native mothers." She was invited to present her study at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization conference in July, 2010 and at the Bureau of Justice Statistics/Justice Research and Statistics Association National Conference in October, 2010. Currently, Dr. Gout is a member of the VAWA Measuring Effectiveness Initiative Senior Management Team, funded by the Department of Justice. She oversees the analysis and reporting of data from 13 discretionary grant programs submitted by more than 1,000 OVW-funded agencies and organizations every six months. She coordinates the drafting of the Biennial Report to Congress. As well, she provides training and technical assistance to over 200 OVW funded tribal grantees each year. Through this work, she has developed positive relationships and connections with these tribal communities. In December 2008, she presented an overview of the data collected specifically from tribal grantees to the Section 904 Task Force Federal Advisory Committee. Dr. Gout is also the Principal Investigator for the evaluation of the Indian Health Service (IHS) Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) Training, Technical Assistance and Evaluation Project awarded in October, 2010. The first data of its kind to be collected, the evaluation of the domestic violence and sexual assault response initiative will measure the extent to which project expectations are being met and the degree to which the program was implemented with fidelity and adapted to the target population at the local and national levels. The findings will be critical for future research, policy, and program considerations.