Dr. Peter Langman is a sought-after expert on the psychology of school shooters. He conducts trainings on understanding the psychology of school shooters and identifying potential school shooters for professionals in mental health, education, and law enforcement.

Dr. Langman serves on Pennsylvania’s Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee on Violence Prevention. In the wake of the Sandy Hook attack, his recommendations on preventing school shootings were presented by the CEO of the American Psychological Association to President Obama.

Dr. Langman’s book, Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters, was named an Outstanding Academic Title of 2009 by the American Library Association. It has been translated into German, Finnish, and Dutch. He has been interviewed over one hundred times by media outlets in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America, and the Middle East. He has appeared on CBS-TV, CNN, Fox, and the BBC. His research on school shooters has been featured in articles carried by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes, USA Today, Education Week, Junior Scholastic, MSNBC, Yahoo News, and thousands of other news outlets. His chapter “Thirty-Five School Shooters: Trends, Patterns, and Typology” appears in the volume School Shootings: International Research, Case Studies, and Concepts for Prevention. Dr. Langman writes a blog for Psychology Today. His research on school shooters has been cited in congressional testimony on Capitol Hill. 

Dr. Langman has been interviewed regarding parenting and adolescent mental health issues by Parents Magazine, Family Circle, Better Health and Living, Parenting Teens Online, and In Touch Weekly. Dr. Langman received his B.A. in psychology from Clark University, his M.A. in counseling psychology from Lesley College, and his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Lehigh University.

In 2008, Dr. Langman received the Psychology in the Media Award from the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. In 2012, he was given the Sally K. Lenhardt Professional Leadership Award by Lesley University.

Dr. Langman’s previous book, Jewish Issues in Multiculturalism, was hailed as “a landmark contribution” to multicultural studies. In addition to being a psychologist, Dr. Langman is a poet and playwright. View information about his plays. View his poetry book, The Last Days of John Keats and Other Poems.

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