In the News

Dan Cooper, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Adler School Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice
Dr. Cooper Interviewed About
Public Focus on Mental Health
and Gun Violence

The American Journal of Public Health has reported that public perception and stereotypes of the mentally ill as more dangerous than other individuals are "a powerfully detrimental feature of the lives of people with such conditions."

That misperception needs to be corrected in many current public conversations about gun violence and access to guns. Research shows that those with mental illness are less likely to commit violent crimes and are more often the victims--not the perpetrators--of violence.

In this Medill News Service story, Dan Cooper, Ph.D., Assistant Director of the Adler School Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice, joins other mental health advocates in discussing the misperception as well as the need to reframe debate--to examine root causes of violence at the community level.

Click here to read "Advocates welcome focus on mental health, but worry about connecting it to violence."

About the Adler School

The Adler School of Professional Psychology has provided quality education through a scholar/practitioner model for 60 years. Its mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities, and advancing social justice. The Adler School enrolls more than 1,000 students in doctoral and master’s degree programs and offerings at its campuses in Chicago, Illinois, and Vancouver, British Columbia, and through Adler Online.


Kim McCullough
Director of Communications
Adler School of Professional Psychology
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