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About Vincent Van Hasselt

Vince B. Van Hasselt, Ph.D., has been a professor at NSU since 1992. Dr. Van Hasselt is Professor and Director of the Family Violence and Adolescent Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Programs in the Psychology Services Center. His area of specialization is police psychology, focusing on the challenges and problems of emergency first responders. He was named 2014-15 Distinguished Professor of the Year.


1993 - Present Director, Family Violence Program, Nova Southeastern University
1993 - Present Professor, Nova Southeastern University
2005 - 2006 Interim Associate Dean, Nova Southeastern University
1992 - 1993 Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University
1993 Associate Director, Community Clinic for Older Adults, Nova Southeastern University

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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Editor-in-Chief, Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal
Present Co-Developer, FBI's Global Hostage-Taking Research and Analysis Project (GHosT-RAP)
Present Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Present Co-Developer, Long-Term Evaders (LOTES) Project
2008 Member, American Board of Forensic Examiners
2001 Member, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
2001 Member, International Association of Chiefs of Police
2001 Member, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
1996 Member, Broward County Police Benevolent Association
1993 Member, Florida Association for Behavior Analysts
1990 Member, Coalition for Addictive Diseases in Southwest Pennsylvania
1989 Member, American Association on Mental Retardation
1988 Member, Fairview Psychological Association
1987 Member, Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy - Southern California
1986 Member, The Association of the Severely Handicapped
1984 Member, Spina Bifida/Hydrocephalus Association of Western Pennsylvania
1979 Member, American Psychological Association (APA)
Co-Founder, City of Plantation's Department Crisis Response Team (CRT)
Team Psychologist, Hostage Negotiation Unit of the FBI Miami Field Office and the FBI National Crisis and Intervention
Editor, Journal of Family Violence
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Honors and Awards

  • 2018 Letter of Appreciation, Florida Police Chiefs Association
  • 2018 Certificate of Appreciation, Crime Scene Investigators (Region 4)
  • 2018 Letter of Appreciation, Miramar Police Department
  • 2018 Letter of Recognition, Plantation Police Department
  • 2018 ASIS International Law Enforcement Award
  • 2018 Letter of Recognition, Margate Police Department
  • 2018 Unit Citation Award, Plantation Police Department
  • 2016 Letter of Recognition, Broward Regional Health Planning Council
  • 2015 President’s Distinguished Professor
  • 2015 Distinguished Professor of the Year
  • 2015 Highly Commended Paper Award
  • 2015 Broward Sheriff’s Office Special Recognition Award
  • 2015 Distinguished Performance Award Plantation Police Department
  • 2014 Certificate of Appreciation, Broward Sheriff’s Office
  • 2010 - 2014 NSU External Funding Recognition Award
  • 2008 “Outstanding Presenter” Award Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators
  • 2008 Diplomat American Board of Crisis and Emergency Management
  • 2007 “Professor of the Year” Award
  • 2006 Letter of Appreciation Crisis Intervention Team of Broward County
  • 2004-2005 “Outstanding Presenter” Award Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators
  • 2004 “Professor of the Year” Award
  • 2004 Letter of Appreciation Crisis Intervention Team of Broward County
  • 2003 Letter of Appreciation, FBI Miami Critical Incident Stress Debriefings and Counseling
  • 2003 Letter of Appreciation, City of Hollywood Police Department Hostage Negotiations Training
  • 2003 Letter of Appreciation, FBI Miami Screening Committee
  • 2003 “ Outstanding Presenter ” Award Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators
  • 2003 Letter of Appreciation, FBI Miami, Hostage Negotiation Training
  • 2002 Presenter’s Award, Broward Sheriff’s Office
  • 2002, 2009 President’s Faculty Scholarship Award, Nova Southeastern University
  • 2002 Letter of Appreciation, City of Plantation Police Department,
  • 2002 Certificate of Appreciation, FBI “43rd Post - Critical Incident Seminar”
  • 2001 Participant Award, Florida Association of Campus Safety and Security Administrators
  • 2001 Letter of Appreciation, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Early Intervention Program Review Committee
  • 2000 Certificate of Commendation, City of Homestead Police Department
  • 1999 Certificate of Appreciation, Town of Davie, Chief of Police Screening Committee
  • 1998 Certificate of Recognition, FBI National Conference on “Domestic Violence by Police Officers”
  • 1997 School Employee of the Year Award, Town of Davie, Florida, Police Department
  • 1996 Annual Award for Best Article, Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
  • 1996 Certificate of Appreciation, Broward Count y Psychological Association
  • 1995 175th Broward County Police Academy, Class President, Recognition for High Academic Achievement
  • 1994 Certificate of Commendation, Cruz Blanca Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Panama City, Panama
  • 1981 Honors Convocation Award - University of Pittsburgh
  • 1981 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination - Special Faculty Commendation
  • 1977 United States Public Health Traineeship Award


1983 Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
1979 M.S., Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
1976 B.A., Psychology, San Diego State University

Contact Information

(954) 262-5752


Articles (165)

Journal articles written or co-written by Dr. Vincent Van Hasselt