Faculty & Staff

karen-profile.jpgKaren Oehme
Director, Institute for Family Violence Studies
Florida State University College of Social Work

Karen Oehme was named the Director of the Institute for Family Violence Studies in 2007, after serving as the Director of the Florida Clearinghouse on Supervised Visitation, within the Institute, for nine years.  In 2011, she was named a Distinguished University Scholar at FSU for her work at the Institute.

Since 2007, Oehme’s team has continued the work of the Clearinghouse on Supervised Visitation and has developed the Institute’s new projects, including the Law Enforcement Families Partnership, the Toolkit on Successful Co-Parenting After Divorce, Screening for Domestic Violence: A Toolkit for Medical Professionals, and The FSU Student Resilience Project, to promote healthy individuals, families, and violence prevention on multiple fronts.

Oehme received her law degree from Florida State University in 1987. Formerly a staff attorney at Legal Services of North Florida and the Guardian ad Litem Program of the Second Judicial Circuit, Oehme’s professional focus is family law, domestic violence, and child protection.

ann-profile.jpgAnn Perko, J.D.
Director of Special Projects, Institute for Family Violence Studies
Florida State University College of Social Work

Ann Perko is Director of Special Projects at the Institute for Family Violence Studies, after joining FSU in 2015. Perko creates communications and engages with foundation, corporate, and governmental representatives to seek support for Institute projects. Perko works with the Institute team to develop large scale training and research projects, including the FSU Student Resilience Project, and Successful Co-Parenting after Divorce. Perko advocates for the Institute’s family safety policies, including collaborating on amicus briefs on violence prevention research.

Prior to joining FSU, Perko developed and promoted family violence prevention public policy through service on the Florida Attorney General’s Statewide Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, Florida Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Parent Coordination and the Florida’s Governor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence.

Perko graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, with a J.D., with Honors in 1990, and from Duke University, with a B.S., in Biology in 1987. Perko represented the interests of low income families and domestic violence survivors in legislative public policy advocacy before coming to FSU. Perko served as Executive Director of Florida’s Statewide Legal Domestic Violence Hotline and Senior Family Law Attorney at Florida Legal Services, at Legal Services of North Florida.  She is a member of the Florida Bar and the Supreme Court Bar of the United States.

lyndi-profile.jpgLyndi Bradley, M.S.W.
Project Coordinator, Institute for Family Violence Studies
Florida State University College of Social Work

Lyndi Bradley is the Project Coordinator for the Institute for Family Violence Studies. Bradley graduated with a Master’s in Social Work and a certificate in Leadership and Executive Administration Development from FSU’s College of Social Work in May 2018. Bradley completed her final internship with the Institute, and upon graduation, she was hired for the Project Coordinator position. Bradley continues the tradition of project coordinators dedicated to advancing the mission of the Institute.

Bradley’s interests include anti-trafficking efforts, child welfare, trauma-informed services, and student resilience.

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