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Jeffrey A. Schaler

Jeffrey A. Schaler, a psychologist, is a full time assistant professor at the Department of Justice, Law and Society, in American University’s School of Public Affairs, Washington, D.C. He has taught fourteen different courses on all aspects of psychology, law, psychiatry, justice, responsibility, moral development, drug policy, addiction and psychiatry and the law, since 1990. His area of interest is in how scientific findings regarding the relationship between physiological and neurological processes are often misconstrued to serve the special interests of researchers, political stakeholders, and others with investments in particular arenas.

Today, much of Professor Schaler’s work is focused on the “therapeutic state”—the union of medicine and state. He is particularly interested in how research in the behavioral sciences is interpreted and applied in public, social, and legal policy arenas, often to the detriment of constitutional rights and individual autonomy. He writes and speaks extensively on the relationship between liberty and responsibility. Additionally, Dr. Schaler writes and speaks on the nature of disease and the difference between disease and behavior.

He has been Executive Editor of the quarterly international journal entitled Current Psychology published by Springer Press. He has written six books and many papers on psychology, psychiatry, law and public policy.