Michael D. Knox

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Michael D. Knox
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OccupationDistinguished Professor
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of South Florida
WebsiteDepartment of Mental Health Law and Policy

Michael D. Knox (born 1946 in Wyandotte, Michigan, grew up on Grosse Ile, Michigan), is an American antiwar activist, educator, psychologist, and author, living in Dunedin, Florida. He is Emeritus Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy; Affiliate Distinguished Professor, Department of Internal Medicine; and Affiliate Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Global Health at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida. Knox Chairs the US Peace Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that awards the US Peace Prize and he is the author of the book ENDING U.S. WARS by Honoring Americans Who Work for Peace.

Education, awards, and honors[edit]

  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Department of Psychology, 1974
  • M.A., University of Michigan, Department of Psychology, 1973
  • M.S.W., University of Michigan, School of Social Work, 1971
  • B.A., Eastern Michigan University, Biology Major, Chemistry and Psychology Minors, 1968

Knox is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association[1] 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.


Knox's career has spanned the fields and topics of death and dying, community mental health, ethics, the prevention of HIV/AIDS, and peace. Much of his academic work has been accomplished at the University of South Florida,[2] where he has been a faculty member since 1986. At USF, Knox has been responsible for more than $50 million in grants and other external funding to the university. He developed grant-funded collaborations with the USF Departments of Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Criminology and with the USF College of Public Health. He also developed grant-funded consortia with the University of California at San Francisco, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of Puerto Rico, University of the Virgin Islands, Florida A&M University, and Emory University.

As a tenured professor, he served on dissertation committees and taught courses including "Honors Seminar in Applied Ethics", "Death and Dying", and "HIV and Mental Health". He has published and presented widely, primarily on the topics of HIV/AIDS, peace, community mental health, and planning for death. In 1995, he co-authored LAST WISHES: A Handbook to Guide Your Survivors. The book has been favorably reviewed by The Journal of the American Medical Association,[3] the British medical journal The Lancet,[4] and The Saturday Evening Post. He is the senior editor and contributor to HIV and Community Mental Healthcare,[5] a book published in 1998 by The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Mental health work and scholarship[edit]

Before his tenure at the University of South Florida, Knox was Director of the Western Tidewater Mental Health Center in Virginia (1978–1986). He also served on the faculty of the Eastern Virginia Medical School and on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Virginia Health Systems Agency. He has held a variety of leadership positions in national and state professional organizations and has been honored many times for his work.

Michael Knox joined the USF faculty in 1986. For nine years, until 1995, Knox headed the only academic department of community mental health in the United States. As Department Chair, he directed an 80-member staff and oversaw an annual budget of $2.3 million. In 1995, and again in 1996, he was elected President of the USF Faculty Senate. He was elected Chair of the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates for 1997/1998. This organization represented all ten state universities and provided consultation to the Chancellor and Florida Board of Regents regarding academic issues. Since 1997 he has held the title of Distinguished University Professor at USF. In 1999 he served as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford in England as part of a sabbatical assignment related to end-of-life care. His work is characterized by long-standing leadership positions in the field of community mental health, including service on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Community Mental Health Centers and advisory positions to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals. In addition, he chaired the first Steering Committee for the National Registry of Community Mental Health Services and has conducted site reviews nationwide for the federal Center for Mental Health Services.[2]

HIV/AIDS work and scholarship[edit]

As founder and director of the USF Center for HIV Education and Research,[6] Knox oversaw an annual budget of well over $3 million. Since 1988, the USF Center has provided continuing education to more than 500,000 health and mental healthcare professionals and students. Knox was the recipient of a National AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) Grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services.[7]

As the Principal Investigator, Knox directed the Florida/Caribbean AETC,[8] which was one of several centers based at leading universities around the country. The F/C AETC's mission was to ensure that physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists, and other health professionals in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands receive state-of-the-art information, training, and consultation on the prevention and treatments of HIV and AIDS. Knox supervised the work of over 80 expert faculty in the field of HIV/AIDS as the Center worked collaboratively with the University of South Florida, the University of Puerto Rico, the University of Florida, the University of Miami, the University of the Virgin Islands and Florida A&M University to provide faculty and clinical training sites throughout the region.

Knox traveled to India in 2003 to speak and to dedicate two new educational programs associated with USF. He was Co-Chair of the American Foundation for AIDS Research's (amfAR) 16th National HIV/AIDS Update Conference held in March 2004 and delivered an opening plenary which argued against current US wars in favor of more government support for prevention.[2]

Antiwar efforts[edit]

The long-standing antiwar activities[9] of Michael Knox 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 anti-war demonstration in August 1967 in front of the White House. In 1970, Knox co-founded a draft counseling center and, in 1971, he blew the whistle on prohibited classified research at the University of Michigan and provided evidence that university researchers were perfecting weapon systems used by the military to kill and incapacitate other human beings.[10][11][12][13] Since then, he has continued to engage in speeches, debates, interviews and other actions regarding peace.[14][15][16]

In 2005, Knox founded the US Peace Memorial Foundation.[17][18] He directs its nationwide effort to recognize antiwar/peace leadership by writing and editing the US Peace Registry, awarding the annual US Peace Prize, providing educational programs, and eventually building a national monument - the US Peace Memorial - in Washington, DC. He was awarded the 2007 Marsella Prize for the Psychology of Peace and Social Justice at the 115th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association “for more than four decades of outstanding contributions to peace and humanitarian assistance.”[19] He has officiated at the awarding of the US Peace Prize every year since 2009.[20] In 2018, he was included in Transcend Media's “In Pursuit of Peace and Justice: 100 Peace & Justice Leaders and Models.”[21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Knox, Michael D." American Psychological Association list of fellows. American Psychological Association. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Knox, Michael D., PhD". University of South Florida. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  3. ^ Sakalosky, Pamela E. and Douglas A. Holt, MD (28 February 1996). "Last Wishes: A Handbook to Guide Your Survivors". Journal of the American Medical Association. 275 (8): 643. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530320067038.
  4. ^ Larkin, Julie (17 May 1977). "Planning for the future" (PDF). The Lancet. 349 (I9063): 1484. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(05)63777-4. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  5. ^ Knox, Michael D. and Caroline H. Sparks (1997). HIV and Community Mental Health Care. Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 320. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  6. ^ Lennox, Mark (18 July 2005). "The Oracle". University of South Florida. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Professor honored for HIV and AIDS education/". St. Croix Source. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  8. ^ "USF Gets $16 Million Grant To Lead AIDS Education Effort". University of South Florida. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Michael D. Knox". USPeaceMemorial.org. US Peace Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  10. ^ Chudwin, Dave (15 April 1971). "Knox resigns research board". The Michigan Daily. University of Michigan. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  11. ^ Bazell, Robert J. (19 Feb 1971). "Michigan War Research Charged". Science Magazine. 171 (3972): 656. doi:10.1126/science.171.3972.656. PMID 17811016.
  12. ^ "Knox's Resignation: Opposing Committee". The Michigan Daily. University of Michigan. 15 April 1971. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  13. ^ Chudwin, Dave (9 February 1971). "Research Panel Member Hits 'U' Military Work". The Michigan Daily. University of Michigan. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  14. ^ "Speakers Bureau". World Beyond War. WorldBeyondWar.org. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  15. ^ Swanson, David (20 February 2018). "Michael Knox on the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation". David Swanson. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  16. ^ Sheehan, Cindy. "Peace Heroes and War Zeros". Cindy Sheehan's Soap Box. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  17. ^ Weiss, Philip (7 November 2018). "Election of 3 Israel critics to Congress is historic, but far more new Dems' commitment to Israel is 'permanent as the sky'". Mondoweiss. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  18. ^ "US Peace Memorial Foundation". Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  19. ^ "The Anthony J. Marsella Award". Psychologists for Social Responsibility. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  20. ^ "US Peace Prize". USpeaceprize.org. US Peace Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  21. ^ Marsella, Anthony J. and Kathleen Malley-Morrison (29 January 2018). "In Pursuit of Peace and Justice: 100 Peace & Justice Leaders and Models (List #1)". Transcend Media. Retrieved 8 November 2019.

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