Cliff Akiyama is an Assistant Professor of Forensic Medicine and the Assistant Director of the Forensic Medicine Program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He is also a Certified Gang Specialist by the Virginia Gang Investigators Association and a Certified Gang Professional by the East Coast Gang Investigators Association.

Mr. Akiyama received his BA in Philosophy from the University of Virginia, his MA in Criminology and his MPH from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Akiyama was also a Deputy Sheriff in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in California.He has over 14 years of first-hand experience working with youth gangs as a researcher, academician, and law enforcement officer.