The American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies - Webinar

Charles Whitman (aka the “Texas Tower Sniper”): A Neurocriminological and Forensic Psychological Examination    (MEMBERS ONLY)

Presented by Jerrod Brown, Ph.D, MA, MS, MS, MS

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Webinar Objectives:

  • Learn about the potential neurobiopsychosocial factors present in this individual’s life.
  • Define mass homicide offending.
  • Define family homicide offending.
  • Review related scholarly resources.


Charles Whitman committed a mass shooting homicide event in 1966 at the University of Texas at Austin. This training will examine the potential prenatal and postnatal neurobiopsychosocial factors that could have played a role in this case. Further, discussions will center on how neurobiopsychosocial information can be used to better understand complex criminal behaviors by using this case as an example. Implications for screening, intervention, and prevention strategies with current and future complex criminal cases will be explored through a neurocriminological and forensic psychological lens. This training is intended for educational purposes only and will not sensationalize any aspects of the crimes committed by this individual. Other relevant topics of interest discussed include rage control problems, adverse childhood experiences, hypergraphia, social learning theory, exposure to domestic abuse in early life, prenatal toxic stress exposure, brain tumor, amygdala dysfunction, psychological stress, mental health status changes, bifurcated mass murderer, free will, play deprivation, police psychology, extreme heat exposure, domestic homicide, and firearm fascination to name a few. Empirically based research findings will be highlighted throughout this training.

Presenter Biography:

Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., M.A., M.S., M.S., M.S., is a professor, trainer, researcher, and consultant with multiple years of experience teaching collegiate courses. Jerrod is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS). Jerrod has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Neuroscience and the Law, Neuropsychology, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD), and Traumatic-Brain Injuries (TBI). In 2021, Jerrod completed a post-doctoral certificate in Leadership and Organizational Strategy from Walden University and a Professional Certificate in Forensic Psychology from San Diego State University Global Campus. In 2023, Jerrod completed a diabetes care and education certificate from Central Arizona College. Currently, Jerrod is pursuing his fifth master’s degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from Northeast College of Health Sciences.  Jerrod has also conducted over 200 workshops, webinars, and on-demand trainings for various organizations and professional and student audiences. Jerrod has also been quoted in various magazines, newspapers, and other professional outlets. Jerrod is also regularly featured on several national and international podcast programs.

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