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Dr. Don Drennon Gala's written work has been published by primary publishers and can be found in libraries throughout the world, and he has more than 50 publications as book chapters, Op-Eds, and articles. One of Dr. Gala's books (1995, University Press of America) was used as a reference by the U.S. Senate in the National Debate Topic for High Schools, 1996-97, and was cited among 34 other scholars in the "104th Congress, 2d Session / Senate Document 104-20," Page 13.

Dr. Gala's writing genre of interest includes fiction/action, mystery, short stories, and nonfiction. Dr. Gala also provides copy-writing services as well. Presently, Dr. Gala's work in progress includes a textbook for the field of corrections and articles. He also has several partial projects near conclusion. He also publishes under "Don T.D. Gala, Ph.D."

Dr. Gala holds a Ph.D. in a multidisciplinary field including Education: Thought and Policy with an emphasis in Social Contexts in Education and Criminology from the University of Rochester (NY); an M.S.Ed. in Educational Administration from the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development (now the "Warner School of Education"); M.A. in Criminal Justice/Management and Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, OK); B.S. in Criminal Justice from Rochester Institute of Technology, and A.A.S. from Monroe Community College (NY, 1974). His academic performance resulted in being inducted into Pi Gamma Mu - International Honor Society in Social Science, Alpha Phi Sigma - National Criminal Justice Honor Society, and Kappa Delta Pi - International Honor Society in Education.

His written work has been published by referred journals and primary publishers, and he is a member of ASC, ACJS, APA, ASA, AEA, ACA, AJA, SSS, CAMA, SCJA, IACTP, FLEOA, and the Authors' Guild. Don is or has been appointed as a member of Committees for ACJS, SSSP, IACTP, and AJA, and an elected member of the Board of Directors with IACTP. He is also on the Editorial Board of the online primary journal, Multicultural Learning and Teaching ( or

In late 2010, Dr. Gala's published work and Ph.D. dissertation on social support theory was included in the Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory (Sage Publications). His introduction of social support theory is recognized as a major contribution to the literature of criminology.

Dr. Gala is the Director of Trainer Certification for the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP) for 12-years and was given a 2-year appointment as the Co-Chair of the Correctional Trainer Certification Commission (CTCC) in November 2011, which is administered through the American Jail Association and IACTP, and through a scheduled transition left the Commission in November 2013. Prior to November 2011, he was the Co-Vice Chair of the CTCC for 3-years. He was appointed onto the Commission (CTCC) in January 2018, Also, he is a Certified Correctional Trainer and was a Certified Taser Instructor for 8-years until April 2018.

Dr. Gala has 8-years of adult education experience with progressive responsibilities at the positions of Lecturer, Assistant Professor, and Associate Professor (5 years) in higher education. He has held these positions in the fields of Criminal Justice and Education. From 2011-2014, Dr. Gala held a dual appointment in Criminal Justice and Education at a college in the South-Central region in the State of Tennessee. Dr. Gala also holds the position of President and Chief Research Consultant for Educational Consultants Network, Inc. (ECN) (NPO) and past CEO/Chief Research Consultant for The Gala Group, Inc. from 2008-2019. He is also a Certified Correctional Trainer (CTCC), former Certified Taser instructor (TTA), and former Certified PREA Auditor (USDOJ). Through several subject matter experts and professionals, the Gala Group provides training, program evaluation, cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis, PREA audits, pre-ICE audits, program evaluations, and research. 


Dr. Gala has been working with a group of SMEs developing programs for ECN. ECN will provide training, program evaluation, cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis, program evaluations, and research. In the future, ECN will focus on police training use-of-force, criminal investigations, and custody and non-custody interviews. ECN will focus on research addressing the implementation of Social Support Questionnaires to identify students in 5th, 6th, and 7th grades who have the propensity toward serious violent behavior. Students identified with a low Social Support Quotient (SSQ) and s high SVB quotient will be subjected to an intervention program with a licensed Clinical Psychologist, significant adults from home, and primary teacher.

In 2008, he retired from federal service after 27+ years, which included nearly 21-years of service with the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, as a Correctional Treatment Specialist/Federal Officer (with law enforcement authority pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §3050 and Tenn. Code Ann. §38-3-113; and conducted administrative investigations and fully litigated cases before the U.S. EEOC while an EEO Employee Representative pursuant to 29 C.F.R. §1614.605). He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force (4-years), U.S. Air Force Reserve (active 1980-1982), and U.S. Army, receiving an Honorable Discharge from each Branch.