Dr. Rachel MacNair is the current Director at the Institute for Integrated Social Analysis. She has a Ph.D. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Her doctoral research focused on the psychology of killing, which led her to coining the term “perpetration-induced traumatic stress”. PITS is a form of stress that may affect people such as soldiers and doctors who participate in killing. She has written several books and academic articles about the stress that killing causes to people such as abortionists and those in war. A believer in a consistent life ethic, she assists people with statistical consulting in her field of expertise.
Aside from the psychological consequences of killing, she also dedicates a great deal of her research to the idea of peace psychology. She defines peace psychology as “the study of mental processes that lead to violence, that prevent violence, and that facilitate nonviolence as well as promoting fairness, respect, and dignity for all, for the purpose of making violence a less likely occurrence and helping to heal its psychological effects.”
Before earning her Ph.D. she was a political activist, serving as president of Feminists for Life of America for 10 years.
Some of her books include Consistently Opposing Killing: From Abortion to Assisted Suicide, the Death Penalty, and War and Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress: The psychological consequences of killing. An entire list of her publications, presentations, and several bits of free information on her theories can be found at her website: