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Psychology x Security 

I focus on the intersection of psychology and security. My research examines both illicit actors (terrorist, criminal, insurgent) and responding systems (Police, Military, Government). I focus on decision-making, behaviour, incident response and recovery.  

I have worked with Police Forces, Governments and Militaries across the world and I am currently Director of the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. 



I am the Director of the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies (CTSS) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. CTSS leads and facilitates scientific research, education and training to help understand and respond to the evolution, convergence and complexity of domestic and foreign security challenges.


We examine practitioner-oriented and policy-relevant issues from multiple academic perspectives and methodologies. Our research is evidence-driven and non-partisan.


Our research is disseminated to various audiences. We produce academic books, journal articles and textbooks for undergraduate and graduate programs; for the general public we write blog posts and record educational podcasts; and for the practitioner we deliver technical reports, pragmatic briefs and notes for policy considerations. 


We teach undergraduate and graduate courses in several academic programs at the University, and provide training workshops and seminars for practitioners throughout the intelligence, law enforcement and military communities.



Meet the faculty I work with at CTSS, The University of Massachusetts Lowell, and internationally. They are experts in their respective fields and work on research projects. I am always looking to work with researchers and practitioners.  


The Center for Terrorism and Security Studies offers research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. We are also always looking to collaborate with practitioners and academics to  on research projects.  


 The Center for Terrorism and Security Studies was founded in 2013 with a mission to address a broad range of security challenges. Learn about the current research projects I am involved in at CTSS in the security field. 




Neil Shortland Ph.D.

Center for Terrorism and Security Studies 
University of Massachusetts Lowell 
113 Wilder Street 
Lowell, MA 01854

Office Phone: (978) 934-4045

Center Phone: 978-934-4830 

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