Michael D. Knox

Professor Emeritus

Michael D. Knox is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Mental Health Law and Policy, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, and an Affiliate Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Public Health. He earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1974 and joined the University of South Florida faculty in 1986 as Chair of the Department of Community Mental Health. He is Chair of the US Peace Memorial Foundation, which he founded in 2005, Editor of the US Peace Registry, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. His academic career has focused on issues of peace, ethics, disease prevention, death, and community mental health. He has been elected to various leadership positions nationwide and authored over 125 scholarly presentations and publications, including several books and book chapters. He has been responsible for more than $50 million in grants to USF. He has served as President of the USF faculty senate and Chair of the Florida Advisory Council of Faculty Senates. He was the Founder and Director of the federally funded Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center (1991-2011) and the USF Center for HIV Education and Research (1988-2011). In 2022, he received the Ralph K. White Lifetime Achievement Award from the Peace Psychology Division, American Psychological Association, for his "theoretical and applied research which has led to new directions and applications for the field of peace studies." He was awarded the 2007 Anthony J. Marsella Prize for the Psychology of Peace and Social Justice "for more than four decades of outstanding contributions to peace and humanitarian assistance." He is the author of the book ENDING U.S. WARS by Honoring Americans Who Work for Peace, published in 2021. His recent work advocates cultural change, raising our awareness of efforts towards peace and increasing future opportunities to challenge the promotion of war.

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