Forensic Psychologist Violence Prevention Research & Policy

Dr. Jillian Peterson is a sought-after national speaker, trainer, expert witness, and media commentator on issues related to mass shootings, mental illness and violence, crisis intervention and violence prevention. She co-founded The Violence Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to reducing violence in society through research and analysis.

Her new book, The Violence Project: How to Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic is now available. It’s the winner of 2022 Minnesota Book Award for nonfiction.

As an Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, Dr. Peterson teaches classes in forensic psychology. She holds a MA in Social Ecology and a PhD in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of CA, Irvine. 

Dr. Peterson previously worked as a special investigator for the New York Capital Defenders Office, where researched life histories of men facing the death penalty in New York City.  


The Violence Project

By Jillian Peterson & James Densley

An examination of mass shootings in America and an urgent call to action to stop these tragedies using first-person accounts from perpetrators, survivors, and families.