Ph.D.: 2000 University College Cork, Ireland, Department of Applied Psychology
B.A.: 1995 University College Cork, Ireland, Department of Applied Psychology
Terrorism and violent extremism, Forensic psychology, Research InterestsTerrorism, political violence, violent extremism, fanaticism, forensic psychopathology, violence prevention, pathways to violence.
My research focuses on psychological issues in terrorism and political violence. I am especially interested in understanding the processes through which people become involved in (and disengage from) terrorism, as well as the psychological mechanisms through which people transfer guilt and conceal disillusionment as coping mechanisms for sustained commitment to violent extremist groups. I am editor of the journal Terrorism and Political Violence, and serve on the Research Working Group of the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime.