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Peter J. Killeen
Peter J. Killeen, Ed.D, knows firsthand the serious toll that emotional and physical stress can take on the individual. As a recent police academy graduate, Dr. Killeen was among the first officers to respond to the 1975 bombing at La Guardia Airport that killed 11 people and injured 74. The events of that day left an indelible mark on Dr. Killeen. It was only after he had left the police force to pursue a career as a counselor, that he realized he had Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
In 1992, Dr. Killeen began working as a police psychotherapist with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Unions. It was in this role that he found himself involved extensively with the rescue and recovery efforts following the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Over the ensuing weeks, Dr. Killeen began experiencing the same tell-tale symptoms of PTSD, “but this time I realized that I had something many of my law enforcement colleagues did not: the training to navigate the emotional challenges thrown at me that day.”
Then and there he made it his mission to share his knowledge for the benefit of these men, women and their families. Operation Longevity™ is the fruit of that commitment.
In addition to providing Operation Longevity training to law enforcement agencies and academies across the country, Dr. Killeen has authored four books on ways that these professionals can personally integrate mindfulness, resilience, and meditation into daily life to achieve a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle. These include the “Operation Longevity Textbook” which works together with the “Operation Longevity Personal Journal,” and is supplemented by the “Operation Longevity Personal Stories and Meditations,” and “Operation Longevity 21 Day ‘Call to Action’ Coin Challenge.”
A recognized expert in the area of law enforcement stress and its effects, Dr. Killeen has presented extensively on the physiology of stress on the body, the integration and importance of the recognition of the mind-body connection, and the benefits of living a more balanced life through wellness and resilience.
Throughout his career, Dr. Killeen has also served as Employee Equal Opportunity mediator and Wellness Counselor for The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. (ATF)
Dr. Killeen received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Argosy University, Arlington, VA. He holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Loyola College, Baltimore, MD., and a master’s degree in theological studies from The Washington Theological Union, Silver Spring, MD.