Biographical Sketch: 07/2010
Michael D. Knox, Ph.D.(email)
Distinguished University Professor
University of South Florida (USF)
Michael D. Knox grew up in Grosse Ile, Michigan and earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1974. A licensed clinical psychologist, he joined the University of South Florida (USF) faculty in 1986 as Chair of the Department of Community Mental Health. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Mental Health Law and Policy, as well as a Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Global Health, Psychology, and Aging Studies.
Spanning over 35 years, his academic career has focused on issues of peace, ethics, disease prevention, death, and community mental health. He has been elected to a variety of leadership positions nationwide and authored over 125 scholarly presentations and publications, including several books and book chapters. Dr. Knox has been responsible for more than $50 million in grants to USF. He has served as President of the USF faculty senate and Chair of the Florida Advisory Council of Faculty Senates. He is Founder and Director of the Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center (1991) and the USF Center for HIV Education and Research (1988).
His long-standing peace and antiwar activities began in 1965 in opposition to the war in Vietnam. As a delegate to the 20th National Student Congress, he introduced a successful resolution to hold an antiwar demonstration in August of 1967 in front of the White House. In 1970, Knox co-founded a draft counseling center and, in 1971, he blew the whistle on classified weapon systems research at the University of Michigan. Since then, he has continued to engage in speeches, debates, interviews and other actions regarding peace. He is an invited speaker nationwide on the topics of “recognizing peace leadership” and “building a culture of peace.”
In 2005, Dr. Knox founded the US Peace Memorial Foundation which seeks to demonstrate that advocating for peaceful solutions to international problems is an honorable and socially acceptable activity. This 501(c)(3) public charity will build the US Peace Memorial in Washington DC to honor Americans who have opposed war(s) and/or proposed peaceful alternatives to war. He is editor of the US Peace Registry, a publication that recognizes role models and documents a broad range of antiwar behavior.
His biography is included in the latest editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in American Education. Professor Knox is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. Fellow status in both organizations is granted “in recognition of outstanding and distinguished contributions to the science and profession of psychology.” In 2005 he was inducted into Sigma Xi, the international honor society of research scientists and engineers. In 1999 he served as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford in England and in 2003 he represented USF at the dedication of a new university in India.
Dr. Knox was awarded the 2007 Anthony J. Marsella Prize for the Psychology of Peace and Social Justice at the 115th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association. The award is presented annually by Psychologists for Social Responsibility and recognized him for more than four decades of outstanding contributions to peace and humanitarian assistance. His work promotes cultural change, raising our awareness of past efforts towards peace and increasing future opportunities to challenge the promotion of war.
Most recently, “A Cultural Shift toward Peace: The Need for a National Symbol” was published in the scholarly journal Peace and Conflict. Read this short essay at www.uspeacememorial.org/article. In 2009, “Honoring Peace and Anti-war Behavior: The US Peace Registry” was published in Peace Psychology. Read it at www.uspeacememorial.org/article2.
Dr. Knox currently lives in the Tampa Bay region. John, his eldest son, is a computer and electrical engineer working in Austin. His son James is a civil engineer working in Orlando.