Travis Langley Ph.D.

Travis Langley, Ph.D.

Travis Langley, PhD, authored the acclaimed book Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight and edits Sterling Publishing's series of books on psychology and popular culture. The series launched with The Walking Dead Psychology: Psych of the Living Dead and Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind in 2015, followed by Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology and volumes on Game of Thrones, Star Trek, and Doctor Who in 2016. Dr. Langley received his B.A. in psychology from Hendrix College and his M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology from Tulane University. A psychology professor at Henderson State University, he teaches on crime, social behavior, mental illness, and media, including courses titled "Batman" and "Psych of the Living Dead."

More than 100,000 follow him as @Superherologist on Twitter where he ranks among the ten most popular psychologists. He speaks on media and heroism at universities, conferences, and conventions internationally. He was an invited speaker at a recent Southwestern Psychological Association conference. An organizer of the Comics Arts Conference, he regularly speaks as a panelist discussing both heroism and antisocial behavior at conventions like San Diego Comic-Con International, New York Comic Con, and Wizard World conventions, joined by people such as Bat-Films executive producer Michael Uslan, legendary comic book writer Dennis O'Neil, and a diverse mix of actors that includes Adam West, Lee Meriwether, and Sir Patrick Stewart. He speak on college campuses throughout the world. 

Dr. Langley has also been a child abuse investigator, courtroom expert, and undefeated champion on the Wheel of Fortune game show. The documentary Legends of the Knight featured his work using fictional stories and characters to teach real psychology. Other documentaries such as Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics have included him as an expert interviewee. His light saber is purple, and he no longer knows how many swords he owns.

Author of

Beyond Heroes and Villains

Who are your heroes? And why? Who inspires your dreams and hopes and, on the coin’s other side, who conjures your nightmares and fears? Join Dr. Travis Langley by brightest day and blackest night as he investigates the best and worst in human nature, both as depicted in fiction and as observed in everyday life. Can psychologists explain or even identify good and evil? What do the concepts of heroism and villainy really mean in the 21st century?

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