UAlbany Psychologist Authors New Book on Stress in Policing

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There are many concerns facing police in the 21st century. Among them, given that today's police force is increasingly diverse, race and gender issues are shown to be a source of stress. In his new book Stress in Policing, University at Albany psychologist and Distinguished Professor Hans Toch has found that the dangers on the street are far less stressful than departmental politics and top-down management practices.

Published by American Psychological Association Books, Stress in Policing provides new insights into the often misunderstood world of the law enforcement officer and challenges departmental administrators to find creative ways of initiating institutional reform. Critics describe it as a must-read for criminologists, police psychologists, counselors, and those who simply care about the police and their role in our society.

A social psychologist working in criminology and criminal justice administration, Toch is a prolific author whose books include Living in Prison (1975), The Disturbed Violent Offender (1989), and Corrections: A Humanistic Approach (1997). He served as president of the American Association for Forensic Psychology in 1996 and was a member of the Governor's Task Force on Juvenile Violence.

Toch's areas of expertise include psychological aspects of criminal justice and planned change, and police and corrections. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

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October 26, 2001


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