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Psychiatrist & Expert on Violence

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 James Gilligan Biography

An acclaimed psychiatrist, Dr. James Gilligan is the author of Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic and Preventing Violence: Prospects for Tomorrow, among many other books. Much of his life work has consisted of researching the various biological, psychological, and social phenomena that increase rates of violence - including the prevalence and availability of guns - and that decrease rates of violence - such as limiting the prevalence, lethality, and availability of guns.

Dr. Gilligan has concluded that violence is always a desperate and risky attempt to gain respect, attention, and recognition for oneself or for the group with which one identifies. This theory is able to explain a whole range of violent behaviors, from individual (homicide and suicide) to collective (war, terrorism, and genocide) and enables doctors to devise and test practical methods to prevent violence. Through his work among the most violent people our society produces - in prisons and in prison mental hospitals - he has become one of the leading exponents of shifting our emphasis from punishing violence after it occurs to preventing it before it happens.

Dr. Gilligan has appeared in several Emmy-nominated documentary films for television and has appeared on Peter Jennings' newscast and Ted Koppel's Nightline as well as a CBS Town Meeting on the juvenile justice system hosted by Dan Rather. He has discussed his books on NPR's "Fresh Air," "The Connection," and numerous other radio and television programs throughout the US, Canada, England, and other countries.

Dr. Gilligan served as the psychiatric consultant and advisor for Martin Scorsese's film Shutter Island, which was based on a fictionalized account of the history of the Massachusetts prison mental hospital during the time Dr. Gilligan was its medical director. Ben Kingsley played the role of "Dr. John Cawley" based on Dr. Gilligan.

Dr. Gilligan is on the faculty of New York University where he is clinical professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine, adjunct professor in the School of Law, and collegiate professor in the School of Arts and Science. For the Department of Psychiatry, he serves as a consultant and supervisor on the evaluation and treatment of the violent mentally ill.

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Books
Why Some Politicians Are More Dangerous Than Others

Why Some Politicians Are More Dangerous Than Others

Preventing Violence (Prospects for Tomorrow)

Preventing Violence (Prospects for Tomorrow)

Violence: Reflections on Our Deadliest Epidemic

Violence: Reflections on Our Deadliest Epidemic

Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic

Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic

Violence: Our Deadly Epidemic and Its Causes

Violence: Our Deadly Epidemic and Its Causes

Speaking Topics
  • Why Some Politicians Are More Dangerous Than Others

    Politicians and the political process, even in ostensibly democratic countries, can be deadly. James Gilligan has discovered that for the past century, when Republicans have gained the presidency, the country has also repeatedly suffered from epidemics of violent death. Rates of both suicide and homicide have sky-rocketed. Due to social and economic distress, inequality and loss, unemployment, recessions, poverty, bankruptcy, and homelessness also ballooned to epidemic proportions. When that has happened those in the population who were most vulnerable have "snapped," with tragic consequences for everyone.

  • A Psychiatrist Goes To the Movies (and Vice Versa): Dr. Gilligan & Shutter Island

    Shutter Island, Martin Scorsese’s October 2009 film, stars Ben Kingsley in the role of "Dr. John Cawley," a character loosely based on Dr. James Gilligan. Dr. Gilligan provides commentary in the DVD of the film, and receives screen credit as the psychiatric consultant. He lectures on his experiences in working on the film, as well as his extraordinary tenure working at one of the country's most notorious mental institutions for the criminally insane.

  • The Key to Understanding & Preventing Violence

  • Political and Economic Causes and Cures of Violent Crime in the US

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    Booking fees for James Gilligan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire James Gilligan, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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James Gilligan

Psychiatrist & Expert on Violence

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James Gilligan Biography

An acclaimed psychiatrist, Dr. James Gilligan is the author of Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic and Preventing Violence: Prospects for Tomorrow, among many other books. Much of his life work has consisted of researching the various biological, psychological, and social phenomena that increase rates of violence - including the prevalence and availability of guns - and that decrease rates of violence - such as limiting the prevalence, lethality, and availability of guns.

Dr. Gilligan has concluded that violence is always a desperate and risky attempt to gain respect, attention, and recognition for oneself or for the group with which one identifies. This theory is able to explain a whole range of violent behaviors, from individual (homicide and suicide) to collective (war, terrorism, and genocide) and enables doctors to devise and test practical methods to prevent violence. Through his work among the most violent people our society produces - in prisons and in prison mental hospitals - he has become one of the leading exponents of shifting our emphasis from punishing violence after it occurs to preventing it before it happens.

Dr. Gilligan has appeared in several Emmy-nominated documentary films for television and has appeared on Peter Jennings' newscast and Ted Koppel's Nightline as well as a CBS Town Meeting on the juvenile justice system hosted by Dan Rather. He has discussed his books on NPR's "Fresh Air," "The Connection," and numerous other radio and television programs throughout the US, Canada, England, and other countries.

Dr. Gilligan served as the psychiatric consultant and advisor for Martin Scorsese's film Shutter Island, which was based on a fictionalized account of the history of the Massachusetts prison mental hospital during the time Dr. Gilligan was its medical director. Ben Kingsley played the role of "Dr. John Cawley" based on Dr. Gilligan.

Dr. Gilligan is on the faculty of New York University where he is clinical professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine, adjunct professor in the School of Law, and collegiate professor in the School of Arts and Science. For the Department of Psychiatry, he serves as a consultant and supervisor on the evaluation and treatment of the violent mentally ill.

James Gilligan Videos

  • Dr. James Gilligan - Om vold, Del 5 - YouTube
  • El Origen de La Violencia | James Gilligan - YouTube

James Gilligan Books

James Gilligan Speaking Topics

  • Why Some Politicians Are More Dangerous Than Others

    Politicians and the political process, even in ostensibly democratic countries, can be deadly. James Gilligan has discovered that for the past century, when Republicans have gained the presidency, the country has also repeatedly suffered from epidemics of violent death. Rates of both suicide and homicide have sky-rocketed. Due to social and economic distress, inequality and loss, unemployment, recessions, poverty, bankruptcy, and homelessness also ballooned to epidemic proportions. When that has happened those in the population who were most vulnerable have "snapped," with tragic consequences for everyone.

  • A Psychiatrist Goes To the Movies (and Vice Versa): Dr. Gilligan & Shutter Island

    Shutter Island, Martin Scorsese’s October 2009 film, stars Ben Kingsley in the role of "Dr. John Cawley," a character loosely based on Dr. James Gilligan. Dr. Gilligan provides commentary in the DVD of the film, and receives screen credit as the psychiatric consultant. He lectures on his experiences in working on the film, as well as his extraordinary tenure working at one of the country's most notorious mental institutions for the criminally insane.

  • The Key to Understanding & Preventing Violence

  • Political and Economic Causes and Cures of Violent Crime in the US

FAQs on booking James Gilligan

  • How to book James Gilligan?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like James Gilligan for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for James Gilligan, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for James Gilligan or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book James Gilligan?

    Booking fees for James Gilligan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire James Gilligan, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for James Gilligan?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like James Gilligan for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book James Gilligan for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent James Gilligan or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for James Gilligan or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

James Gilligan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book James Gilligan for your event is available upon request. James Gilligan generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Kyle Pruett, Robin Karr-Morse, James Garbarino, Deborah Prothrow-Stith and Scott Poland. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling James Gilligan for an upcoming event.

James Gilligan Speaker Videos

  • Dr. James Gilligan - Om vold, Del 5 - YouTube
    El Origen de La Violencia | James Gilligan - YouTube

James Gilligan Speaking Topics

  • Why Some Politicians Are More Dangerous Than Others

    Politicians and the political process, even in ostensibly democratic countries, can be deadly. James Gilligan has discovered that for the past century, when Republicans have gained the presidency, the country has also repeatedly suffered from epidemics of violent death. Rates of both suicide and homicide have sky-rocketed. Due to social and economic distress, inequality and loss, unemployment, recessions, poverty, bankruptcy, and homelessness also ballooned to epidemic proportions. When that has happened those in the population who were most vulnerable have "snapped," with tragic consequences for everyone.

  • A Psychiatrist Goes To the Movies (and Vice Versa): Dr. Gilligan & Shutter Island

    Shutter Island, Martin Scorsese’s October 2009 film, stars Ben Kingsley in the role of "Dr. John Cawley," a character loosely based on Dr. James Gilligan. Dr. Gilligan provides commentary in the DVD of the film, and receives screen credit as the psychiatric consultant. He lectures on his experiences in working on the film, as well as his extraordinary tenure working at one of the country's most notorious mental institutions for the criminally insane.

  • The Key to Understanding & Preventing Violence

  • Political and Economic Causes and Cures of Violent Crime in the US

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