Peter Langman, Ph.D.

Peter Langman

Dr. Peter Langman is the author of Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters. He is a sought-after expert on the psychology of youths who commit rampage school shootings, and conducts trainings for professionals in the fields of mental health, education, and law enforcement. His website,, contains articles and other documents that supplement the material in his book, with a particular focus on Columbine. Other areas of expertise include child and adolescent mental health, teen suicide, and self-injurious behavior.

Dr. Langman has been interviewed about school shooters by journalists in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Australia, and the Middle East. He has appeared on CBS-TV, CNN, Fox, and the BBC. His research on school shooters has been featured in articles carried by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes, USA Today, Education Week, Junior Scholastic, MSNBC, Yahoo News, and hundreds of other news outlets. His research has also been cited in congressional testimony on Capitol Hill. He has been interviewed regarding parenting and adolescent mental health issues by Parents Magazine, Family Circle, Better Health and Living, Parenting Teens Online, and In Touch Weekly. Dr. Langman was the recipient of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association's 2008 Psychology in the Media Award.

Dr. Langman has worked with children and adolescents for over twenty years. Dr. Langman received his B.A. in psychology from Clark University, his M.A. in counseling psychology from Lesley University, and his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Lehigh University. Dr. Langman's previous book, Jewish Issues in Multiculturalism, was hailed as "a landmark contribution" to multicultural studies. In addition to being a psychologist, Dr. Langman is a poet and playwright.





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Keeping Kids Safe

Inside the minds of school shooters, with general insight into adolescent mental health.