MCG was founded in 2008 by Scott J. Modell, Ph.D. with a mission of educating professionals on how to communicate and work with individuals with disabilities as well as provide behavior management treatment, consultation and training. Since that time, the company has grown to; develop multiple protocols, work nationally and internationally to train and educate professionals, provide expert consultation in the areas of abuse and neglect, and advocate for people with disabilities. MCG focuses on educating professionals from multidisciplinary teams on every aspect of an investigation and giving team members the skills to effectively interview, investigate and prosecute crimes against individuals with disabilities.
MCG accomplishes its mission by conducting full-day and multiple-day training and providing sessions at conferences. Notably, MCG has developed a four-day advanced forensic interviewing certificate curriculum – Forensic Interviewing for Individuals with Disabilities (FIND) to assist interviewers in advancing their skills of interviewing in the most developmentally appropriate, non-leading, non-suggestive, legally defensible way possible. This includes an adapted interviewing protocol specific to interviewing individuals who do not speak or who have been classified as “non-verbal”.
Scott J. Modell, Ph.D
Chief Executive Officer
Scott J. Modell received his Ph.D. from the College of Education at Florida State University in 1997. Dr. Modell is the Chief Executive Officer of MCG Consulting and Co-Founder of Collaborative Safety. From 2013 to 2016, he served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. He has also served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Dr. Modell spent fifteen years as a Professor at California State University, Sacramento. Over his last five years at the university, he additionally served as Director of the university’s Autism Center for Excellence. He is an expert in child abuse, crime victims with disabilities, disability etiology, and interview techniques. He has authored ten books and has over 300 published articles and abstracts.
Dr. Modell is frequently invited to lecture at national and international conferences regarding child abuse and crime victims with disabilities. He has taught for the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC), National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC), National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA), The Icelandic Government Agency for Child Protection and the Singapore National Council of Social Service (NCSS). Additionally, Dr. Modell and his colleagues were referred to as pioneers in safety science by the Federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. He has conducted workshops and trainings reaching thousands of police officers, educators, child protective service and adult protective service professionals across the country. He has received international recognition for his work in the area of crime victims and interview techniques for individuals with disabilities.
David Garrett, M.S.
Chief Operating Officer
David Garrett is the Chief Operating Officer for Modell Consulting Group, LLC. Mr. Garrett brings over 20 years of experience in lead operations, sales and marketing to his current role. Mr. Garrett began his work in the area of operations while working for the National Basketball Association’s Orlando Magic and the Golden State Warriors. Since then, he has spent over two decades working and developing expertise as an International Sales Manager, National Sales Director, and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for large U.S.-based companies. Prior to his position as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Garrett has served in numerous roles with Modell Consulting Group in an advisory capacity for their work with the Singapore National Council on Social Service, the New York Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, and the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. He also served as an external consultant to the University Autism Center for Excellence at California State University, Sacramento. Mr. Garrett received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and his M.S. in Business Management from Georgia Southern University.
Staci Whitney, L.M.S.W.
Staci Whitney, LMSW is the Senior Director for Modell Consulting Group, LLC. Since 2017, Ms. Whitney has been responsible for teaching and co-authoring multiple trainings on interviewing children and adults with disabilities. This included leading a project with national experts to develop an advanced Forensic Interviewing Protocol for interviewing individuals with disabilities (Project FIND). Ms. Whitney also conducts interviews for individuals with disabilities when referrals are made to Modell Consulting Group. Prior to her work with Modell Consulting Group, Ms. Whitney was the Senior Forensic Interviewer at Bivona Child Advocacy Center in Rochester, NY and was responsible for developing Bivona’s Forensic Interviewing Program. During that time, Ms. Whitney had extensive training and experience in the field of Forensic Interviewing including interviewing children and individuals with disabilities who are victims or witnesses of crime. She has developed and delivered numerous trainings to Multidisciplinary Team Members and other professionals on recognizing and responding to suspicions and reports of child abuse. Ms. Whitney participated as an expert on the New York State Less is More and Minimal Facts committees to develop curricula for mandated reporters and first responders on reacting to disclosures and reports of abuse.
Kate Homan, M.S.
Kate Homan, MS is a Senior Consultant for Modell Consulting Group, LLC. Since 2017, Ms. Homan has assisted in teaching and co-authoring multiple trainings on interviewing children and adults with disabilities. This included a first of its kind project collaborating with national experts to develop an advanced Forensic Interviewing Protocol for interviewing individuals with disabilities (Project FIND). In addition to developing and delivering FIND trainings, Ms. Homan has spent over 7 years interviewing children who have experienced abuse and trauma serving as the Lead Forensic Interviewer at the New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center (NOCAC). Ms. Homan has been trained in multiple forensic interviewing models including: the RADAR forensic interviewing model, the National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC) forensic interviewing model, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of of Children's (APSAC) forensic interviewing model.
In addition, Kate coordinates and conducts research on Forensic Interviewing with Dr. Mark Everson at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kate provides training for professionals on interviewing children using the RADAR Forensic Interview Model and advanced multidisciplinary topics, including specialized populations such as individuals with disabilities and youth who have experienced exploitation
Dermot Whelan, Police Sgt., Retired
Dermot Whelan is a Senior Consultant for the Disability Services Division of Modell Consulting Group, LLC. In his role, Mr. Whelan is responsible for teaching and co-authoring trainings for investigations of abuse against individuals with disabilities. Mr. Whelan was instrumental in the development of an advanced Forensic Interviewing Protocol for interviewing individuals with disabilities (Project FIND). Prior to joining MCG, Mr. Whelan served as a Criminal Investigator with the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Mr. Whelan started with the Justice Center in July of 2013, within weeks of the agency going operational. Mr. Whelan was primarily responsible for conducting and supervising criminal investigations stemming from allegations of abuse and neglect against vulnerable people who receive services through New York State operated, licensed or certified agencies. Mr. Whelan routinely conducted forensic interviews of individuals with disabilities of all ages.
Before specializing in investigating crimes against individuals with disabilities, Mr. Whelan started his police career in 1991 as a member of the New York City Housing Police and attended the NYC Police Department’s Police Academy. After several years of policing housing projects in the Bronx, Mr. Whelan took a position with the City of Albany Police Department where he served as a Patrolman, Detective, and Sergeant. As a Sergeant, Mr. Whelan managed the Department’s Training and Policy Unit. Mr. Whelan holds several NYS DCJS specialized Instructor Certifications and other instructor certifications. Since becoming a police instructor in 2000, Mr. Whelan has developed curricula and conducted numerous trainings for veteran Police Officers, Police Recruits, Police Trainers, District Attorney’s Offices, Civilian Police Review
Board members, as well as civilian adults and teens, on a myriad of Law Enforcement related topics. Mr. Whelan also served as an instructor for Niagara University sponsored “Disability Awareness Training for Law Enforcement.” Mr. Whelan is a contributing author and instructor of the NYS DCJS certified course “Forensic Interviewing Best Practices for Vulnerable Populations” as well as the “Advanced Forensic Interviewing Individuals with Disabilities Certification Course” curricula.
Madison Carnahan is the Operations Manager for Modell Consulting Group, LLC. Madison received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communications and Public Relations/Marketing from the University of Kentucky. Madison brings a new perspective to Modell Consulting Group with her expertise in marketing and public relations, helping expand our presence on social media and on virtual platforms. In addition, Madison handles the scheduling and many aspects of the day-to-day business operations for the company.
MCG’s mission is to educate professionals nationally and internationally on how to communicate and work with vulnerable populations which include individuals with disabilities, mental health disorders and older adults.