Peter Langman, Ph.D., is a sought-after expert on the psychology of school shooters and other perpetrators of mass violence. He conducts trainings on understanding the psychology of school shooters and identifying potential school shooters for professionals in mental health, education, and law enforcement. He has spoken on preventing school shootings at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA and been hired by Homeland Security to train professionals in school safety. He is also a researcher with the National Threat Assessment Center of the United States Secret Service. In 2018 he was invited by the Department of Homeland Security to participate in the National School Security Roundtable. Though his primary focus is school shooters, he has spoken at FBI Headquarters on white supremacist homegrown violent extremists and on American jihadis at the National Counterterrorism Center.
Dr. Langman served 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. His research on school shooters has been cited in congressional testimony on Capitol Hill.
Dr. Langman’s newest book, School Shooters: Understanding High School, College, and Adult Perpetrators, was published in January 2015. His previous 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.
Dr. Langman has been interviewed over four hundred times by media outlets in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America, Asia, and the Middle East. He has appeared on The Today Show, 20/20, Nightline, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Fox, and the BBC. His research on school shooters has been featured in articles carried by The New York Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Yahoo News, and thousands of other news outlets.
Dr. Langman writes a blog for Psychology Today. In 2008, Dr. Langman received the Psychology in the Media Award from the Pennsylvania Psychological Association for his work on educating the public about school shooters and school safety. In 2012, he was given the Sally K. Lenhardt Professional Leadership Award by Lesley University for his research and work on preventing school shootings. In 2016, he was the recipient of the Innovation in Research and Publication Award from the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association for his article “Multi-Victim School Shootings in the United States: A 50-Year Review.” In 2019, he received the Distinguished Contributions to School Psychology Award, and in 2020 he was honored with the Public Service Award—both from the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.
In addition to his research on school shootings, Dr. Langman served ten years as president of the Greater Lehigh Valley chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and served three years on the board of the Lehigh Valley chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Campus Behavioral Intervention and on the advisory board of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA).
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 2020, he became the Director of Research and School Safety Training at Drift Net Securities.