Frank Straub

Frank Straub, Ph.D.


Center for Targeted Violence Prevention


Frank G. Straub, Ph.D., has conducted in-depth studies of targeted mass violence events in San Bernardino, Kalamazoo, Orlando, Parkland, and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He leads the Averted School Violence project, a national database, funded by the US Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, that tracks, analyzes and reports on averted and completed school attacks. He has also led a DHS funded Countering Violent Extremism project in Boston, MA and consults with several NGOs in the area of counterextremism.

Dr. Straub served for more than 30-years in federal, state and local law enforcement. He led law enforcement/public safety agencies in New York, Indiana and the State of Washington. During his tenure in White Plains, New York he established the first police-mental health co-responder team in the state. In Spokane, he established the first cross-system mental health steering committee and ensured that all officers received a minimum of 40-hours crisis intervention training. The SPD peer support team provided assistance to law enforcement agencies in eastern Washington and western Idaho.

Dr. Straub is a Non-Resident Fellow at West Point’s Center for Combatting Terrorism, an Adjunct Professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Psychiatry; a Graduate Faculty Scholar, University of Central Florida’s Department of Psychology; and a member of Yale University’s Department of Psychiatry and Law’s Working Group on Social Isolation and Extremism. Dr. Straub has served on US Department of Homeland Security and US Department of Justice threat assessment and school safety working groups.

Dr. Straub is a licensed therapist in Michigan. He serves as a clinician on the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department’s Peer Support Team. In collaboration with UCF RESTORES research and treatment clinic he advises law enforcement agencies across the country on crisis intervention and peer support.

Dr. Straub holds a B.A. in Psychology, a M.A. in Forensic Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. He has authored articles and reports on school violence, crisis response, community policing and violence prevention. He speaks regularly at national and international conferences, has participated in numerous Congressional and White House briefings, and is a frequently invited commentator and analyst for national and international media outlets.

Key Projects

Center for Targeted Violence Prevention

Averted School Violence Database

Developing a Trauma Certificate for Law Enforcement 1st Line Supervisors

COPS Law Enforcement Mental Health Community of Practice

Areas of Focus

  • Targeted/mass violence
  • Counter-extremism and counter-terrorism
  • Law enforcement and community mental health
  • Critical incident reviews
  • Youth violence prevention
  • Community-police relations

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