Research Interests: psychological and biological indicators of chronic police stress; subclinical cardiovascular and metabolic disease in police; shift work and health, epidemiology of police suicide; PTSD
Dr. Violanti is a Research Professor in the Department of
Epidemiology and Environmental Health, School of Public Health and
Health Professions, University at Buffalo and a member of the
University at Buffalo graduate faculty. He was formerly a full
professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology Department of
Criminal Justice. He is a police veteran, serving with the New York
State Police for 23 years as a trooper, criminal investigator, and
later as a coordinator of the Psychological Assistance Program
(EAP) for the State Police.
Dr. Violanti has been involved in the design, implementation, and analysis of police stress and health studies during his entire career. Recent projects include a longitudinal study on psychological stress and cardiovascular disease in police officers and the impact of shift work on police health outcomes funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Dr. Violanti has authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles on police stress and PTSD, police mortality, suicide, and cardiovascular health. He has also written and edited seventeen books on topics of police stress, psychological trauma, and suicide. He has lectured nationally and internationally at academic institutions and police agencies on matters of suicide, stress and trauma at work.
Centers for Disease Control 2010 Charles C. Shepard Award Nominee. Assessment and Epidemiology Category. (first author). Atypical Work Hours and Metabolic Syndrome among Police Officers. Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health, 2009, 64:194-201.
Centers for Disease Control 2011 Charles C. Shepard Award Nominee. Assessment and Epidemiology Category (co-author). Endothelial function, a biomarker of subclinical cardiovascular disease in urban police officers. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2010, 52, 1004-1008.
2012 - Centers for Disease Control 2011 Charles C. Shepard Award Nominee. Assessment and Epidemiology Category. (co-author). Metabolic syndrome and carotid intima media thickness in urban police officers. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 2011, 53, 553-561.
2012 - Centers for Disease Control 2012 Alice Hamilton award for Excellence in Occupational Safety and Health. (co-author). Honorable mention: Shift work duration and patterns of salivary cortisol secretion among police officers. Chronobiology International, 2011, 28, 446-457.