Dr. Janet Schwartz received a B.S. in Education from Valparaiso University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. At the University of Pittsburgh she was honored with the distinction of University Scholar, an award presented to “one of those who show high promise of significant contribution to society and progress.” While studying in Pittsburgh, she completed a clinical research practicum at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in the Children’s Psychiatric Treatment Services Unit under Alan E. Kazdin, Ph.D. who became president of the American Psychological Association in 2008.
Jan was devoted to working with children and families for seventeen years. She taught grades K, 1, 7 and 8, coordinated a gifted program for middle school youngsters, and also worked as a child counselor at a domestic violence shelter prior to receiving graduate training to become a family psychologist. However, the discovery of some evidence catapulted her from dreaming of one day having a free family therapy clinic to a career in forensic fraud research. With great effort and unusual collaboration, the evidence unfolded into numerous state and multi-state investigations. Over the subsequent years, Schwartz became a nationally known expert on the white-collar organized criminal and the white-collar organized community as she continued her intelligence gathering efforts that contribute to strengthening our country and helping to build a better, safer world.
Dr. Jan Schwartz is President of Forensic Fraud Research, Inc., a non-profit, not for fee investigative firm that formally incorporated in 2000 and became affiliated with the National White Collar Crime Center in 2003. It is comprised of skilled professionals along with state, local and federal employees who, together, aspire to the concepts within the Articles of Incorporation. In 2005, the U.S. Department of Justice requested permission to videotape her presentation, “Psychology of White-Collar Criminals,” for educational purposes and use on their Justice Television Network. Her 28 years of intelligence gathering efforts and research while conducting semi-structured interviews with more than 350 victims, whistleblowers, alleged offenders, offenders and alleged offenders’ spouses and family members, witnesses and bystanders has resulted in the identification of the “Behavioral Characteristics and Personality Traits of the White-Collar Organized Criminal and the White-Collar Organized Community.” (Web site address: http://www.whitecollarcorruption.com)
As a forensic behavioral scientist, Dr. Schwartz has compiled data for and provided information to the HIDTA Money-Laundering Division of the FBI in Manhattan, the FBI in Washington, D.C., the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the Ohio Governor’s Office, and 19 other state departments in addition to various United States Attorney’s Offices. Writing “The Psychological Profile of a Spy (2006)” for the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, and conducting a pilot program for the nation, ”Overcoming Resistance on the Local Level (2008)” are among the details that have blended her work into the realm of intelligence and homeland security.
Dr. Schwartz has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences at the Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine. She has been Chair and Chair Emeritus of the American Board of Forensic Examiners. She is a fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners, a diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners (primary areas: family therapy, forensic fraud research and pain management), a diplomate of the American Association of Integrated Medicine, a diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Medicine and the American Board of Psychological Specialties (triple boarded: behavioral science; family/marital/domestic relations psychology and medical psychology), a diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association as well as a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management and a diplomate of the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security. Jan is Certified in Homeland Security Level – V and is a former two-term member of the Executive Advisory Board of the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security. She is an Intelligence Analyst, Certified, and served for numerous years on the Executive Advisory Board of the American Board of Intelligence Analysts. She is also a member of the FBI’s InfraGard, and is a Certified Homeland Protection Professional through the National Sheriffs’ Association of the Global Center for Public Safety.
A nationally certified psychologist, national certified counselor and board certified clinical psychotherapist, Jan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association , a recipient of the 2014 Valparaiso University Alumni Achievement Award in addition to the American Legion School Award, the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award, the Distinguished Leadership Award from the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership for Outstanding Contributions to Contemporary Society, the Outstanding Presentation Award and the Outstanding Leadership and Exceptional Service Award from the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute. Upon invitation from the Ohio Democratic party Chairman, Jan was a candidate for the Ohio Senate in 2002. She also co-hosted “Pardon the (Political) Interruption,” a radio talk show, which aired on WDPN 1310 radio during the summer of 2003.
In 2007 on the local level, Jan Schwartz facilitated a collaborative effort (that became a pilot project for the nation) in partnership with Stark State College: Five-Step Homeland Security Initiative. The goals were to assess the emergency preparedness within the Stark County, OH schools which included training, conducting rehearsals, establishing Homeland Security curriculum and working toward Best Practices Standards. Dr. Schwartz facilitated and moderated the “School Safety & Security Conference” held on October 26, 2007 at Stark State College in partnership with the Hon. Stark County Sheriff Timothy Swanson. Panelists included: Resident Agent in Charge United States Secret Service David Lee; Assistant Director Ohio Department of Safety George Meier; Stark County Police Chief’s Association President Larry Dordea; Stark County Fire Chief’s Association President Rich Peterson; Stark State College Chief of Security Mark Weldon; Massillon City Schools Chief of Security Chuck Maier; and Stark County Sheriff Tim Swanson. Following the conference, the Stark County Sheriff Tim Swanson and Resident Agent in Charge United States Secret Service David Lee sent Jan frontline into the County schools to assess the situation. Security incidents have always been a reality in this work, and Jan is not easily deterred having survived 23 documented and skillfully constructed security incidents designed to sabotage/harm. Therefore, it was not surprising to watch the Stark County Superintendent of Schools pull out his pocket knife and tool it around in front of Jan (with his attorney present) at a time when pocket knives were forbidden (and would cause suspension for a student) while exhibiting overt hostility and resistance to law enforcement’s requests. Ignoring-yet-heeding the behavior, Jan consistently pressed forward with the project and eventually earned the compliance and cooperation of the Stark County Superintendent of Schools. Interestingly, the law enforcement officer who did not follow-up on the formal complaint filed against the Stark County Superintendent of Schools was exposed in the media within days for his illicit behavior as police chief and subsequently resigned from his office/position. Support from the local congressman was provided throughout the project.
Dr. Schwartz was appointed Chair of the International College of the Behavioral Sciences in February 2011. During her two-year tenure, 18 online courses were submitted to the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute for continuing education.
Jan’s first book, Last Summer with Oscar, was published by ACFEI Media in August of 2011. Oscar’s story launched as an International Bestseller on Amazon.com in October 2012 (under One World Books). Web site: http://www.LastSummerwithOscar.com . The Last Summer with Oscar Workbook was published in December 2012 and released through the Ingram Advance Catalog network.
In 2012, out of 200 million members, Jan’s profile was one of the top 10% most viewed profiles on LinkedIn. She cares deeply about how we as a society and a world treat each other and is often an advocate for various issues on social media.
Strong and meaningful Facebook connections provided the impetus for international moderate Muslim outreach. In her heart, Jan understood there was much that could be done to help reverse the hatred toward our country from Muslim extremists and to promote peace and goodwill throughout the world. Her circle of connections has broadened and relationships have deepened. Formal collaborations began in 2013 when Dr. Schwartz was invited to partner with a group of international Muslim forensic psychiatrists in creating their country’s first domestic violence and child abuse center. She has also served as an advisor for a USAID-funded international Muslim project for adjudicated terrorists and at-risk youth. In recent years, she was invited by a key ally’s military organization to submit a collaborative project focused on an area of shared interest: corruption. In 2018 a project was submitted and was titled, “Overcoming Corruption: A Pilot Project for the World.”
Volunteering to lead an incorporated village’s seventh Sanitary Sewer Initiative provided the gateway to enter into the iron-fisted grip of political warfare within “the Village of No” and to assess the corruption of a white-collar organized crime community in NE Ohio. This diverse community is home to an unique combination of residents ranging from a former United States Ambassador to a European nation, domestic violence abusers, those with state and IRS tax liens, an ex-felon for illegal gambling/betting, and another resident who entered into a cooperation agreement with the Division of Enforcement of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission regarding his violations of Rule 13b2-1 of the Exchange Act during his years of employment as Vice-President of Global Finance for a local Fortune 500 company. Well-educated long and short term residents, doctors and healthcare experts, community socialites, community activists, a manager of WalMart, realtors, educators, nationally-known retired football players, businessmen and businesswomen, mixed race and gay couples, aspiring Millennials whose talents are ripe with promise, private practice attorneys and other attorneys holding respected positions within the federal government, a lobbyist, young families, retired executives from Fortune 500 companies as well as widows and a widower are among those who comprise the rich complexity of this 110-residence incorporated village. The Village also funds a police department with three full-time officers and numerous part-time officers.
The project began with a mailing in February 2016 that specifically exposed with documentation the state of the Village which demonstrated the resistance from the mayor, Village Solicitor and the Village Council. It was imperative to gain access to the public records to explore the six previous attempts for the sanitary sewer initiative and to assess past or present corrupt activity. Access to the records was not granted until the county prosecutor intervened. Thankfully, Jan made copies of the suspicious and alleged illegalities upon her initial review as when the opportunity was granted to question the staff about the documents, it was announced by an employee, “Thankfully, the Village Police Chief has shredded that particular year of documents.” Following a full year of reviewing, synthesizing and assimilating the documentation provided to pertinent entities, it became clear that the goal needed to be the rebuilding of the Village. Jan’s focus became centered on building a community. Resistance was great and Jan was treated like a leper. However, initial outreach efforts to obtain support from the County Sanitary Engineering Department, the County Health Department, the County Metropolitan Sewer District and a County Commissioner remained constant through the subsequent years of meeting with the residents to, hopefully, obtain their signature for the sanitary sewer petition process. Providing bi-monthly reports to the Village Council meetings were among the necessary tasks, and there were moments when key research discoveries were revealed. Great rejection continued. Gradually, new council members were added, and Jan’s reports and topics of discussion were met with concern and genuine interest rather than dismissal. Reports were provided to the residents at the Annual Business & Owners Association meeting. When the President of the Owners Association was unable to attend the 2018 Annual Business & OA Meeting, Jan ran the meeting (as the Vice President of the OA) and this provided another opportunity for the residents to observe her and to understand her intention. When a February 1, 2020 deadline for the gathering of signatures was imposed by the County Commissioners Office and the County Sanitary Engineer’s Office, three signatures were needed to achieve the mandated 70% requirement. At the final meeting with the County Sanitary Engineer’s Office, Jan was accompanied by the now supportive Village Solicitor who amazingly crafted the way for the engineering design which, within hours, was miraculously supported by three of the most resistant residents within the community. One resident contacted Jan personally before sending in his signature which sealed her heart as a forever believer in the potential for humanity. Congratulations were sent to the Village by the County Sanitary Engineer whose staff is now creating the engineering design for the Village. From this point on, they will lead the Village through the subsequent steps in the process.
The following national media sources have contacted Jan for comments, background research and opinions on key topics: Parade Magazine, Pioneer Press Twin Cities, USA Today, Huffington Post, the Associated Press (Washington, D.C.), MarketWatch and Health magazine. She resides in the Canton, Ohio area with her husband.