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Travis Langley Ph.D.


Travis Langley, PhD, authored the acclaimed book Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight and edits the Popular Culture Psychology series which launched with The Walking Dead Psychology: Psych of the Living Dead and Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind in 2015. Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology followed in 2016 along with volumes on Game of Thrones and Doctor Who followed; Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth, Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier, and Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Traveled in 2017; Daredevil Psychology: The Devil You Know and Westworld Psychology: Violent Delights in 2018; Black Panther Psychology: Hidden Kingdoms and The Joker Psychology: Evil Clowns and the Women Who Love Them in 2019. Dr. Langley received his B.A. in psychology from Hendrix College and his M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology from Tulane University. A distinguished professor of psychology 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 top ten most popular psychologists. He speaks on media and heroism at universities, conferences, and conventions internationally. He was an invited speaker at a Southwestern Psychological Association conference. An organizer of the Comics Arts Conference, he regularly speaks as a panelist discussing both heroism and antisocial behavior at events such as San Diego Comic-Con International, New York Comic Con, and Wizard World conventions, joined by filmmakers such as Bat-Films executive producer Michael Uslan, comic books creators such as legendary comic book writer Dennis O'Neil, and a diverse mix of actors including Adam West, Lee Meriwether, and Sir Patrick Stewart. He speaks on college campuses throughout the world.

The documentary Legends of the Knight featured his work using fictional stories and characters to teach real psychology. He has appeared as an expert interviewee in documentaries such as Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics, Morgan Spurlock's Superheroes Decoded, and Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics. Dr. Langley has also been a child abuse investigator, courtroom expert, and undefeated champion on the Wheel of Fortune game show.

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