Frank Straub

Frank Straub, Ph.D.

Director of Mass Violence Response Studies

Center for Mass Violence Response Studies


Frank G. Straub, Ph.D., has conducted in-depth studies of targeted mass violence events in San Bernardino, Kalamazoo, Orlando, Parkland, and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He leads the Averted School Violence project, a national database, funded by the US Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, that tracks, analyzes and reports on averted and completed school attacks. He has also led a DHS funded Countering Violent Extremism project in Boston, MA and consults with several NGOs in the area of counterextremism.

Dr. Straub served for more than 30-years in federal, state and local law enforcement. He led law enforcement/public safety agencies in New York, Indiana and the State of Washington. During his tenure in White Plains, New York he established the first police-mental health co-responder team in the state. In Spokane, he established the first cross-system mental health steering committee and ensured that all officers received a minimum of 40-hours crisis intervention training. The SPD peer support team provided assistance to law enforcement agencies in eastern Washington and western Idaho.

Dr. Straub is a Non-Resident Fellow at West Point’s Center for Combatting Terrorism, an Adjunct Professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Psychiatry; a Graduate Faculty Scholar, University of Central Florida’s Department of Psychology; and a member of Yale University’s Department of Psychiatry and Law’s Working Group on Social Isolation and Extremism. Dr. Straub has served on US Department of Homeland Security and US Department of Justice threat assessment and school safety working groups.

Dr. Straub is a licensed therapist in Michigan. He serves as a clinician on the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department’s Peer Support Team. In collaboration with UCF RESTORES research and treatment clinic he advises law enforcement agencies across the country on crisis intervention and peer support.

Dr. Straub holds a B.A. in Psychology, a M.A. in Forensic Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. He has authored articles and reports on school violence, crisis response, community policing and violence prevention. He speaks regularly at national and international conferences, has participated in numerous Congressional and White House briefings, and is a frequently invited commentator and analyst for national and international media outlets.

Key Projects

Averted School Violence Database

Developing a Trauma Certificate for Law Enforcement 1st Line Supervisors

COPS Law Enforcement Mental Health Community of Practice


O’Connell, Paul E. and Frank Straub (2007). Performance-Based Management for Police Organizations. Long Grove, Ill., Waveland Press.
“Re-writing the Narrative: The Path Forward for Policing.” In Dangerous Narratives: Warfare, Strategy, Statecraft. Maan, Ajit (ed). 2021. Washington, D.C.: Narrative Strategies Ink.
“Why the Jails Didn’t Explode.” in The Millennial City: A New Urban Paradigm for 21st-Century America. Magnet, Myron(ed.) (2000). New York: Ivan R. Dee.
Allison, Jeff, Mo Canady, and Frank G. Straub. 2020. “School Resource Officers: Averted School Violence Special Report.” Washington, DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Straub, Frank and Ajit Maan (August 4, 2020). “Why Misuse of Police Power at Protests Undermines Respect for Law.” Crime Report. Published online at:
Maan, Ajit and Frank Straub (July 31, 2020). “Why Law Enforcement Needs a Proactive Narrative Strategy With Protests.” Homeland Security Today. Published online:
Straub, Frank G.; Christopher Nelson; Samantha Iovan; Joie D. Acosta; and Mashid Abir (October 8, 2019). “When Prevention Isn’t Enough: Managing School Mass Shootings Along the Risk Continuum.” Health Affairs (
Schildkraut, Jaclyn and Frank Straub (September 17, 2019). “Mass Violence Attacks: Five Ways Communities Can Prepare for the Unthinkable.” The Crime Report. Published online:
Straub, Frank; Blake Norton; Jennifer Zeunick; Brett Meade; Ben Gorban; Joyce Iwashita; Alyse Folino Ley; and, Michael Johnson (August 2019). “Recovery and Moving Forward: Lessons Learned and Recommendations Following the Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.” Washington, D.C.: National Police Foundation.
Iancu, Ariella; Lisa Jaycox; Joie D. Acosta; Frank G. Straub, Samantha Iovan; Christopher Nelson and Mahshid Abir (July 19, 2019). “After School Shootings, Children and Communities Struggle to Heal.” Health Affairs (
Langman, Peter and Frank Straub (2019). “A Comparison of Averted and Completed School Attacks from the Police Foundation Averted School Violence Database.” Washington, DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Straub, Frank and Ben Gorban (February 2019). “Violence Against Law Enforcement Personnel Responding to Incidents of Mass Violence: Rethinking Foundational Principals, Training & Equipment to Save Officers.” Police Chief.
Straub, Frank; Charles Jennings and Ben Gorban (October 2018). After Action Review of the Orlando Fire Department Response to the Attack at the Pulse Night Club. Washington, D.C.: National Police Foundation.
Straub, Frank; Melissa Reuland; Blake Norton and Ben Gorban (September 2018). “Responding to Persons with Mental Illness and/or Emotional Distress: An Evaluation of the Prince William County Police Department Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program.” Washington, D.C.: The National Police Foundation.
Solano, Sarah; Frank Straub and John Rosiak (July 2, 2018). “Lessons Learned from Averted Acts of School Violence.” Campus Safety (
Straub, Frank; John Rosiak and Sarah Solano (Summer 2018). “How Students Can Help SROs and Others Avert School Violence.” The Journal of School Safety.
Straub, Frank; et al. (July 2018). “2017 Presidential Inauguration First Amendment Assembly Independent Law Enforcement Review.” Washington, D.C.: Police Foundation.
Straub, Frank; Sarah Solano and John Rosiak (April 10, 2018). “How Schools Have Successfully Prevented Violence.” Education Week.
Straub, Frank; Jeffery Brown; Roberto Vilasenor; Jennifer Zeunik; Ben Gorban; Blake Norton; Eddie Reyes (February 2018). “Advancing Charlotte: A Police Foundation Assessment of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Response to the September 2016 Demonstration.” Washington, D.C.: Police Foundation.
Straub, Frank; Jack Cambria; Jane Castor; Ben Gorban; Brett Meade; David Waltemeyer; and Jennifer Zeunik. (2017). Rescue, Response, and Resilience: A Critical Incident Review of the Orlando Public Safety Response to the Attack on the Pulse Nightclub. Critical Response Initiative. Washington, DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Solano, Sarah; Frank Straub and John Rosiak (Winter 2017). “Lessons Learned from Averted Acts of Violence in Schools.” The Journal of School Safety.
Straub, Frank; Jennifer Zeunick and Ben Gorban (May 4, 2017). “Responding to the Next Attack: Lessons Learned From The Police Response To The San Bernardino and Orlando Terrorism Attacks.” CTC Sentinel.
Straub, Frank; Brett Cowell; Jenifer Zeunick and Ben Gorban (2017). “Managing the Response to a Mobile Mass Shooting: A Critical Incident Review of the February 20,2016 Kalamazoo Mass shooting.” Washington D.C.: Police Foundation.
Straub, Frank; Ben Gorban; Rodney Monroe; Jeff Brown and Hassan Aden (2017). “Balancing First Amendment Rights and Public Safety in North Minneapolis: An After-Action Assessment of the Police Response to Protests, Demonstrations, and Occupation of the Minneapolis Police Department’s Fourth Precinct.” Washington D.C.: Police Foundation.
Braziel, Rick; Frank Straub; George Watson and Rod Hoops (2016). “Bringing Calm to Chaos: A Critical Incident Review of the San Bernardino Public Safety Response to the December 2, 2015 Terrorist Shooting Incident at the Inland Regional Center.” Washington D.C.: Police Foundation.
Straub, Frank and Robert Haas (May 2016). “Learning from Near Misses: The Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Near Miss System.” Police Chief.
James, Lois; Lorie Fridell and Frank Straub. (February 2016). “Psychological factors impacting on officers’ decisions to use deadly force: The Implicit Bias v. Ferguson Effects.” Police Chief.
Straub, Frank (October 2015). “Collaborative Reform in Spokane, WA: A case study and its implications for reform.” Police Chief. Advisor to the Center for Court Innovation’s Police-Teen Dialogue Toolkit. Released by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (October 2015).
Straub, Frank (2012). “Securing Super Bowl XLVI.” PublicINreview. Straub, Frank (November 2008). “Policing Cities: Reducing violence and building communities.” Police Chief.
Straub, Frank (2006). “Integrated Public Safety.” Crisis Response Journal, vol. 2, issue 4. Emily Hough, Frank G. Straub and Brain J. Nickerson (2004). “Co-operation between services.” Crisis Response Journal, vol. 1, issue 1.
O’Connell, Paul E. and Frank Straub (Spring 1999). “Why the Jails Didn’t Explode.” City Journal.

Areas of Focus

  • Targeted/mass violence
  • Counter-extremism and counter-terrorism
  • Law enforcement and community mental health
  • Critical incident reviews
  • Youth violence prevention
  • Community-police relations

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