PULLMAN, Wash. — Linda Langford, an expert on campus violence prevention, will visit Washington State University Feb. 24 to address how the WSU Pullman community can continue to provide a safe environment.

As an associate director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, Langford has developed a framework for violence prevention for institutions of higher education. The framework suggests that violence is not linked to one specific cause, but is influenced by personal, institutional and community factors. To effectively reduce the risk of violence, each of these factors must be addressed through a comprehensive, coordinated effort.

While in Pullman, Langford will present the violence prevention framework to administrators and groups currently addressing the issue of violence on WSU Pullman’s campus. She will discuss how WSU’s local violence prevention efforts fit into the framework and suggest strategies for improvement. In addition, she will discuss current best practices, bench marking and strategic planning for violence prevention.

Langford has served as an associate director of the HEC since 1998. She has managed the center’s prevention program evaluation projects for four years and currently directs the center’s violence prevention initiative. She holds a doctorate in behavioral science from the Harvard School of Public Health and is an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.