Mike has worked as a police psychologist since 2004. He has been involved with the assessment, selection and training of police officers and other public safety personnel; as well as, fitness for duty evaluations. Much of this work has been as the Psychologist for the Pennsylvania State Police.
He has consulted with and/or provided training for the National Tactical Officers’ Association, the New England Crisis Negotiator’s Association, Pennsylvania Tactical Officers’ Association, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Agents, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Memphis Police Command, the Washington State Tactical Officers’ Association, Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association, the NYPD, the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, US Marshals’ Service, Austrian Cobra, German GSG9, Liberian National Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Tactical Strength & Conditioning Association, U.S. Naval Special Warfare Group I SEALs and the U.S. Army War College. He is an instructor for Top Gun undercover narcotics agent training.
He has provided mindset and performance training for Loveland and Denver Fire, Austin Fire, Prince George’s County Fire, DFNY Incident Command and DFNY Command. He has been instrumental in the development and delivery of the New York City Fire Department’s cutting-edge Mental Performance Initiative. He wrote the fire psychology columns for FireHouse and Speaking of Fire. He is the author of PsycheResponse: Psychological Skills for Emergency Responders, published by Brady/Prentice-Hall (now out of print). He is co-author with Chief Eric Nurnberg of FirePsyche: Mental Toughness and the Valor MindSet for the Fireground.
Mike has written articles for PoliceOne.com. The Crisis Negotiator, The Tactical Edge, Law Officer, The Bulletin of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police, the FireArms Instructor, the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and the Journal of Police & Criminal Psychology.
Mike holds a B.A. degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University. He completed his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Medical Psychology at West Virginia University and served his internship at the East Orange (New Jersey) Veterans’ Administration Hospital. Mike is a Fellow of the Divisions Health Psychology and of Sport and Exercise Psychology of the American Psychological Association.
Mike is also the author of MindSighting: Mental Toughness Skills for Police Officers in High Stress Situations and Emotional Intel: Mental Toughness Skills for High Stress Police Negotiations. Along with co-authors Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman and Loren Christensen, he has written Warrior MindSet: Mental Toughness Skills for a Nation’s Peacekeepers available from Warrior Science Group Press. With co-author Dr. Frank Masur, he has written Going Deep: Psychoemotional Stress and Survival in Undercover Policing. With Navy Commander Robert Obrecht, Mike wrote Warrior Grunt: Warrior Psychology and Mental Toughness Skills for Excelling in Basic Training .
He is the co-author with Paul Nystrom, M.D. of Code Calm: Mental Toughness Skills for Medical Emergencies. With Kerry Whitelock, M.D., he is co-author of Code Calm on the Streets: Mental Toughness Skills for Pre-Hospital Emergency Personnel.