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Neil Shortland

Terrorism Behavioral Expert Neil Shortland

Neil Shortland, Terrorist Behavior, Security and Military Operations

Neil Shortland
Neil Shortland is an expert on terrorist behavior and counterterrorism at both the policy and investigative level. He is also an authority on socio-psychological factors of military operations and problems faced by deployed forces.

Shortland, the program manager of UMass Lowell’s Center for Terrorism and Security Studies, is also an authority on high-stakes decision-making and can speak to how people navigate situations in which all outcomes are averse and potentially high-risk.

His most recent research looks at data on the number of civilians killed and injured by coalition and insurgent forces in Afghanistan. This work was published as part of a special feature in the journal Science. 

Shortland graduated with a degree in psychology with honors from the University of Bristol. He received his graduate degree in investigative and forensic psychology from the University of Liverpool.