The Psychology of Peace and Violence Program stands in solidarity with the signatories of the January 2016 Peace Petition, who are now facing a fresh round of criminal indictments. Read our full statement
Linda Tropp co-wrote a blog for the Psychology Benefits Society of the American Psychological Association titled "Crossing Boundaries: How Intergroup Contact Can Reduce Racial Anxiety and Improve Race Relations"
Program faculty Dr. Berni Leidner received a new grant to study how past collective trauma of suffering and perpetrating intergroup violence can facilitate or prevent intergroup violence in the present.Together with Co-PI Dr. Gilad Hirschberger from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, Dr. Jiyoung Park (UMass), and students Mengyao Li and Quinnehtukqut McLamore (both UMass) and Mabelle Kretchner (IDC), Dr. Leidner will test a comprehensive theoretical approach that links collective trauma and future intergroup violence. The project will be funded by the U.S National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) for the next three years.
Ervin Staub has helped the New Orleans police develop a program to teach officers how to intervene when they see fellow officers on the verge of unethical behavior. The program builds on Staub’s research into bystander behavior and how people respond to violence and intimidation.