Scott Poland, PhD, is a nationally recognized expert on school crisis, youth violence and suicide intervention. Poland has lectured and written extensively on the subject, conducted approximately 900 media interviews, appeared on all major television network news programs, and has been quoted in a number of publications including Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post. Poland has also presented over 1,000 workshops and presentations in every state and numerous foreign countries on crisis intervention and related subjects. Poland is currently the Chair of the National Emergency Assistance Team for the National Association of School Psychologists and serves the Prevention Division Director for the American Association of Suicidology. He is also on the psychology faculty and is the crisis coordinator for NOVA Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.
Formerly Dr. Poland was the director of psychological services (1982-2005) for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, a school district of 100,000 students in Houston, Texas. Under his leadership, the department was named Most Outstanding Psychological Division by the Texas Psychological Association four times, and he received the Excellence in School Psychological Services Award presented jointly by National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and American Psychological Association (APA). In addition, the department developed an APA accredited professional psychology intern training program under his leadership. Poland was previously the President of the National Association of School Psychologists.