Friday, August 22, 2014

‘Killology’ expert speaks to CJUS majors

Former West Point professor and Army ranger discusses mental impact of exposure to killing and combat

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman spoke to students about killology, the study of killing, at a Criminal Justice Club meeting in Williams Stadium March 27, according to Katie Godwin, president of the Criminal Justice Club.

Grossman is a former West Point psychology professor of military science and an Army ranger who has become the founder of a new field of scientific endeavor called killology, according to Godwin.

SACRIFICE— Grossman discussed the psychological effects of exposure to combat. Photo provided

SACRIFICE— Grossman discussed the psychological effects of exposure to combat. Photo provided

Grossman spoke to the students and law enforcement about his research with killology and his book, “The Bulletproof Mind.”

“Today, he is the director of the Killology Research Group, and in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, he is on the road almost 300 days a year, training elite military and law enforcement organizations worldwide about the reality of combat,” Godwin said.

Godwin explained she was challenged by two mentors to try and reach out to Grossman.

“My mentors and professors proposed he would be a great speaker for our club,” Godwin said. “They know that when something is put out as a challenge, I try that much harder to achieve it.”

Godwin explained she was able to contact Grossman through his website, killology.com.

Although the event was only open to the Criminal Justice Club, Godwin said she is hoping Grossman will be able to return to Liberty in the future, possibly for a larger event.

This event is a steppingstone for the Criminal Justice Club, who only three years ago had a total of five members, Godwin said.

“Our (Criminal Justice) Club has grown to be one of the most active clubs on campus and has some of the most hands-on involvement in our field,” Godwin said.

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