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Lt. Col. Dave Grossman    

Scholar, Author, Soldier & One of the World's Foremost Experts in the Field of Human Aggression & the Roots of Violence

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier, and speaker who is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime.

Col. Grossman is a former West Point psychology professor, professor of military science, and an army ranger who has combined his experiences to become the founder of a new field of scientific endeavor, which has been termed “killology.” In this new field, Col. Grossman has made revolutionary new contributions to our understanding of killing in war, the psychological costs of war, the root causes of the current "virus" of violent crime that is raging around the world, and the process of healing the victims of violence, in war and peace.

Lt. Col. David Grossman is the author or co-author of five non-fiction and four fiction books. He has co-authored a New York Times bestselling book with Glenn Beck. His book "On Killing" has sold over a half million copies worldwide, has been translated into five languages, is on the US Marine Corps Commandant’s Required Reading List, and is required reading at the FBI academy and numerous other academies and colleges. Col. Grossman co-authored "Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence," which has received international acclaim. Col. Grossman’s next book was "On Combat," which was also placed on the US Marine Corps Commandant’s Required Reading List. His book "Warrior Mindset" applies sports psychology and performance psychology to military and law enforcement.

Col. Grossman has written 23 book chapters and 35 book forwards. He has been called upon to write the entry on “Aggression and Violence” in the Oxford Companion to American Military History and three entries in the Academic Press Encyclopedia of Violence. He has also authored or co-authored 43 articles in journals and periodicals, including the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and Pediatric Annals. Additionally, He has presented papers before the national conventions of the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

He has presented to over 100 different colleges and universities worldwide, and he has trained educators and law enforcement professionals, at the federal, state, and regional levels, in all 50 states and over a dozen foreign nations. He helped train mental health professionals after the Jonesboro school massacre, and he was also involved in counseling or court cases in the aftermath of the Paducah, Springfield, Littleton, Virginia Tech, and Nickel Mines, PA Amish school massacre. In February 2018, after the Parkland, FL school massacre, Col. Grossman was called to the White House to serve on President Trump’s Round Table on Violent Video Games.

Col. Grossman is an Airborne Ranger infantry officer and a prior-service sergeant and paratrooper, with a total of over 23 years of experience in leading U.S. soldiers worldwide. He retired from the Army in February 1998 and has devoted himself full-time to teaching, writing, speaking, and research.

Speech Topics

"Protecting the Workplace from Violence: Creating a Safe Place"

"The Application of Basic Psychological Therapeutic Processes for Mass Casualties Resulting from Violent Crime"

"Lessons from Jonesboro, Littleton, and Vietnam: How Kids are Learning to Kill and Learning to Like It"

"The Bullet Proof Mind"

Psychological preparation for combat. Bringing together current trends in violence, from terrorists to aggravated assaults, Col. Grossman coalesces his research into a presentation affirming the life that all law enforcement and military professionals have chosen to lead. Within that context, Grossman presents a model for action that ensures profes-sionals can train for and overcome the unique mental stressors of possible violence. Find out what to expect when your heart rate rises and blood drains from your face, and how to avoid it. ? A cornerstone for professional training if you might come into contact with inter-personal violence. Knowing what strange and wonderful things might happen to your body in these stressful situations is the first step to making the correct decision in the heat of the moment... and after.

"Safe Schools and Healthy Students"

No child has died in a school fire in fifty years. How many have died from school violence? Far too many. Lt. Col. Grossman turns his research on the pschycology of violence inside out, applying the lesson he's learned into a presentation whose core thesis everyone can agree on: We must protect the children who have been entrusted to our care. ? And that means facing some uncomfortable facts, including violent children, terrorists, and the lagging security systems when something does happen. Taking into context the tragedies of school massacres from Jonesboro to Columbine and further, Col. Grossman outlines a series of foolproof strategies to help keep our kids safe, including immediate and long-term solutions. ? A fact filled presentation based on the most recent school safety research and offering vital response technologies for any audience of caring teachers, school officials, and parents.


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