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Knox, Michael D., PhD

   Michael Knox



Title: Distinguished University Professor Emeritus
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Curriculum Vitae

Michael D. Knox is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy. He also holds faculty appointments as Distinguished Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, USF Morsani College of Medicine, and Affiliate Distinguished Professor Emeritus, USF College of Public Health. He joined the USF faculty in 1986 as Chair of the Department of Community Mental Health. He founded the USF Center for HIV Education and Research in 1988 and the Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center in 1991. He was the Director of both Centers until his retirement in 2011.

Dr. Knox has been responsible for more than $50 million in grants to USF. Spanning over 45 years, his academic career has produced more than 150 scholarly presentations and publications, including several books and book chapters. He has served as President of the USF Faculty Senate and Chair of the Florida Advisory Council of Faculty Senates. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. In 2007 Knox was awarded the Marsella Prize for the Psychology of Peace and Social Justice, recognizing him “for more than four decades of outstanding contributions to peace and humanitarian assistance.” In 2012 he retired his license as a clinical psychologist to volunteer his full time to developing the US Peace Memorial Foundation, which he founded in 2005.

In 2022, Knox received the Ralph K. White Lifetime Achievement Award from the Peace Psychology Division, American Psychological Association, “For his lifetime of service and achievement on behalf of mental health and well-being in the face of social inequities and injustice through ground-breaking theoretical and applied research which has led to new directions in developing cultures of peace including establishing and leading the non-profit US Peace Memorial Foundation.”

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Research Interests

Infectious Disease Prevention
Training Clinicians
End of Life
Peace Psychology

Recent Publications

Knox, M. (2021). ENDING U.S. WARS by Honoring Americans Who Work for Peace. PAX.

Knox, M. D. (2021, July 17). Let’s create a memorial to peace, not war (Guest Column). Tampa Bay Times. 

Knox, M. D. (2021, April 23). Imagine a Culture of Peace. CounterPunch.

Knox, M. D. (2021, Feb. 20). American Pop Culture Feeds the War on Peace. Truthout. 

Knox, M. D. (2020, Aug. 10). After Nagasaki, the U.S. Did Not Choose Peace. CounterPunch. 

Knox, M. D. & Gunter, L.P. (2020, July 1). As Monuments to War Generals Come Down, Let’s Replace Them with Monuments to Peace. CounterPunch. 

Knox, M. D. (2020, July 22). Militarism and COVID-19. CounterPunch.