James Gilligan

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

New York University

James Gilligan is an American psychiatrist and author best known for his series of books entitled Violence, in which he draws on 25 years of work in the American prison system to describe the motivation and causes behind violent behavior.

During his career, Gilligan has served as director for the Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane, director of mental health for the Massachusetts prison system and as President of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy. He is now Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York University. 

Previously, Dr. Gilligan was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, where he worked from 1966 to 2000. In 1977 he became the Director of the Harvard Institute of Law and Psychiatry.