Hamline Events

Mass Shootings: Pathways to Prevention

Date: November 09, 2018
Time: 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Cost: Hamline and low-income: Free; Suggested donation: $20 for 2 hours; CLE/CEU credit: $40 for 2 hours
Contact: cjl@hamline.edu
Location: Klas Center
Sponsor: Center for Justice and Law
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The recipient of international media attention, the mass shooter database project is a database of 150 mass shooters coded through over 70 life history variables by Hamline students The results and study of the database provide answers to questions about mass shootings and mental illness, gun access, social media, and warning signs. Additionally, hear more on result that show that mass shootings may be a form of suicide turned outward, leading to new, evidence-based prevention strategies.


Jillian Peterson, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Hamline University and the director of the Hamline Center for Justice and Law. Dr. Peterson has a doctoral degree in psychology and social behavior from the University of California, Irvine. Her areas of expertise include violent crime, mass violence, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and forensic psychology.

James Densley, Ph.D. is an associate professor of criminal justice at Metropolitan State University. Dr. Densley has a doctoral degree in sociology from Oxford University. Dr. Densley has received local, national, and international media attention for his work on street gangs, criminal networks, violence, and policing.


4:30 p.m An overview of mass violence, theoretical explanations, and trends over time.

5:00 p.m.   Results from the mass violence database project including the role of mental illness, trauma, gun access, social media, and suicidality.

5:30 p.m.   Implications of the study’s findings for innovative evidence-based prevention in schools, workplaces, and public events.

6:00 p.m. Discussion, reflections, and questions.


Hamline low-income Free
Suggested donation $20 for 2 hours
CLE/CEU credit $40 for 2 hours

Continuing Education Credit

2 hours CLE/CEU credits are approved from the following Minnesota boards: Social Work, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Behavioral Health, Continuing Legal Education, and Peace Officer Standards and Training.

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