Profiling a killer and predicting mass shootings -UMW's Laura Wilson speaks to media in the aftermath of July 04

Profiling a killer and predicting mass shootings -UMW's Laura Wilson speaks to media in the aftermath of July 04 Profiling a killer and predicting mass shootings -UMW's Laura Wilson speaks to media in the aftermath of July 04

July 13, 20222 min read
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On July 4, 2022 when people across America were expecting to enjoy a day off and celebrating the country's 245th birthday - another mass shooting occurred.


This time it was in Highland Park, Illinois and so far this year, a week has not passed in America without a mass shooting.



In the aftermath of the July 4th tragedy - media were clamoring to cover and looking for answers, motives and reasons. UMW's Laura Wilson, a go-to expert on the topic was contacted immediately by media.


Even with Crimo's history, it's not as if Absler or anyone else could have predicted that one day he'd be accused of mass murder, experts say.

"We don't really know much about how to predict mass shootings, and we don't really have a profile of a shooter, what the characteristics are. They are shared by millions of people," says Laura Wilson, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. "There aren't any clear-cut characteristics that we can definitively say, this is the mold." July 11 - ABC News



Dr. Laura Wilson is a clinical psychologist whose expertise focuses on post-trauma functioning, particularly in survivors of sexual violence or mass trauma (e.g., terrorism, mass shootings, combat).


Her research interests extend to predictors of violence and aggression, including psychophysiological and personality factors, as well as indicators of PTSD following mass trauma, long-term functioning among first responders, outcomes among survivors of sexual violence and the influence of media on mental illness stigma.


Dr. Wilson is available to speak with media, simply click on her icon to arrange an interview today.



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    Laura Wilson Associate Professor and Director of Safe Zone

    Dr. Wilson focuses on post-trauma functioning, particularly in survivors of sexual violence or mass trauma

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