John M. Violanti, Ph.D. - is a Full Research Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo, NY. He is a police veteran, serving with the New York State Police for 23 years as a trooper, a member of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and as a founding coordinator for the Psychological Assistance Program for the State Police. Dr. Violanti has been involved in the design, implementation, and analysis of numerous suicide, stress and health studies over the past 25 years. He previously developed a five year study on stress and cardiovascular disease in police officers for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and now continues a four year follow-up on that study. Dr. Violanti recently served as a committee member for the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, Washington, DC, concerning strategies for developing a resilient workforce for the Department of Homeland Security. He also presented testimony at the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing on police wellness. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed articles and 18 books on suicide, stress and PTSD and lectured nationally and internationally at academic institutions and police agencies on matters of suicide, stress, health, and trauma at work.