As the United States comes to grips with another tragic incident of a school shooting, many are wondering why these events occur and what factors into someone taking such action. For members of the media interested in a Subject Area Expert who has extensive experience researching such situations, Scott Poland, Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University can provide such insight.
Scott Poland, Ed.D., is a professor at NSU's Center for Psychological Studies and is the co-director of NSU's suicide and violence prevention office. He is a nationally recognized expert on school crisis, youth violence, suicide intervention, self-injury, school safety, threat assessment, parenting and the delivery of psychological services in schools.
Poland is a founding member of the National Emergency Assistance Team for the National Association of School Psychologists and has led multiple national crisis teams following numerous school shootings and suicides and has assisted schools and communities after terrorism acts in New York, Washington , D.C. and Oklahoma. He served as the team leader of the crisis response team sent to Jefferson County Public Schools during the aftermath of the Columbine High School shootings.
Poland is dedicated to suicide prevention, having presented more than 1,000 workshops in every state and numerous countries and has testified about the needs of children before the U.S. Congress. He has received many individual honors including being named a finalist for the national school psychologist of the year, named the most outstanding school psychologist in Texas twice and named most outstanding psychologist in Texas. He also received the Houston Wage Peace Award.