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I work with academics, practitioners, and students on research, publications and additional projects related to decision-making, terrorism, the military, and more. If you are interested in working together on research in one of these areas or similar fields, please contact me. 

University of Massachusetts Lowell

James J.F. Forest, Ph.D. is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies, where he teaches undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree courses on terrorism and counterterrorism, weapons of mass destruction and contemporary security studies. He is also a senior fellow with the Joint Special Operations University, where he holds a security clearance and contributes to the teaching and research needs of the U.S. Special Operations Forces community.

Nicholas Evans, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Nicholas Evans, Ph.D., holds a master’s degree in medical ethics and a Ph.D. in philosophy.  He has published work on the topics of cybersecurity, military technology, biology, and ebola. In addition, he studies the ethics relating to these topics. Dr. Evans is currently conducting research to investigate the moral decision-making processes of autonomous vehicles. 

Arie Perliger, Ph.D. 
Director of Security Studies

Arie Perliger is a Professor, and director of the graduate program in Security Studies, at the School of Criminology and Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML). Before his arrival to UML, Dr. Perliger was the Director of Terrorism Studies and Associate Professor at the Combating Terrorism Center and Department of Social Sciences, US Military Academy at West Point. In the past 17 years, Dr. Perliger has extensively studied terrorism, political violence, security policy and politics.

Jill Portnoy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Jill Portnoy is an assistant professor in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her research examines biological risk factors for antisocial behavior, aggression, and psychopathy. Her primary focus is on psychophysiological and hormonal risk factors for antisocial behavior, as well as interactions between these biological factors and the social environment. This research contributes to the broader field of developmental criminology, as well as into the etiology of crime. 


Laurence Alison, Ph.D.
University of Liverpool

Professor Laurence Alison is the Director of the Centre for Critical and Major Incident Psychology within the Applied Psychology Group. His principal research interests are decision making in critical incidents - and specifically decision inertia and immersive simulation based learning. 


Prof. Laurence Alison was Neil Shortland's Ph.D. and MSc., supervisor and they have been working together since 2011. 


Ian Elliott
Ministry of Justice, UK

Ian A. Elliott, Ph.D., is a Forensic Psychologist and researcher. Ian is a Senior Outcomes Specialist with Interventions Services at HM Prison and Probation Service (an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice). There he is engaged in evaluations of outcomes and processes related to the suite of interventions provided by HMPPS and the development and the validation of assessment and selection tools. He is also an Honorary Research Associate at the Dept. of Crime Science, University College London.

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