Neil Shortland is an internationally recognized expert on terrorist behavior, counterterrorism and the socio-psychological issues faced by military operations and deployed forces. He is the director of the UMass Lowell Center for Terrorism and Security Studies.
A forensic psychologist, he is leading a U.S. Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative study that examines the effectiveness of extremist propaganda available online and how responsive people with different personality traits are to that messaging. His research also includes investigating the thought processes behind how military personnel make choices in life-or-death situations. He’ll use the results of this work to better train not only troops but civilian first-responders to enhance their decision-making skills in high-stakes situations.
Shortland’s students have won national acclaim for creating public-service campaigns that educate people about terrorism and the methods radical groups use to recruit individuals to their ranks. An assistant professor, he teaches in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies.
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