A social psychologist working in criminology and criminal justice administration, Hans Toch is a prolific author whose books include Living in Prison (Free Press, 1975), Violent Men (Aldine, 1969), The Disturbed Violent Offender (with Ken Adams, Yale, 1989), Police as Problem Solvers (with J.D. Grant, Plenum, 1991), Mosaic of Despair (A.P.A. Books, 1992), Police Violence (with William Geller, Yale, 1996), Corrections: A Humanistic Approach, (Harrow and Heston, 1997) and Acting Out (with Ken Adams), APA Books, 2002.
Hans Toch is an elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Society of Criminology, and in 1996 he served as president of the American Association for Forensic Psychology. He was a member of the Governor's Task Force on Juvenile Violence and a consultant to the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence. His book Men in Crisis won the Hadley Cantril Memorial Award and he is co-recipient of the August Vollmer Award from the ASC.