Harvey Schlossberg

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Dr. Harvey Schlossberg
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CitizenshipUnited States Of America
Alma materYeshiva University's Ferkauf School of Psychology
OccupationNYPD officer

Dr. Harvey Schlossberg, PhD., is a former NYPD officer, Freudian psychoanalyst and the founder of modern crisis negotiation. Dr. Schlossberg founded the Psychological Services department in the NYPD, where he pioneered treatment for violence-prone police. He helped solve the Williamsburg Siege in 1973,[1] coined the term Stockholm syndrome|Stockholm Syndrome, and helped catch David Berkowitz, AKA Son of Sam.[citation needed]

Schlossberg is the author of the book Psychologist With A Gun and is featured in the documentary film Hold Your Fire about the 1973 Williamsburg Siege, the longest hostage siege in NYPD history.[2]

Schlossberg trained over 70,000 crisis negotiators globally and his theories, soon adopted by the FBI,[3] Dr. Schlossberg is credited with helping catch Son of Sam and saving over 40,000 lives globally. The NYPD Hostage Negotiation Team was the brainchild of NYPD chief Simon Eisdorfer. Some of the deadliest incidents in U.S. crisis negotiation, such as the 1985 1985 MOVE bombing|MOVE bombing in Philadelphia and the 1993 Waco siege|Waco siege, occurred in locales where Schlossberg was never invited to train the police.

Dr. Schlossberg taught at St. John's University[4] for 27 years before retiring.


Dr. Schlossberg received his PhD. from Yeshiva University's Ferkauf School of Psychology.


Articles and Citations

Patrolman Puts Psychology Degree To Use, New York Times, 2/20/1973

Police Trying To Out-Psych the Son Of Sam Killer, New York Times, 4/26/1977.

Kirkus Review of Psychologist With A Gun by Lucy Freeman.

“Crisis” or “Hostage” Negotiation? The Distinction Between Two Important Terms FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, 3/5/2014.

Finding The First Mind Hunter, Psychology Today, May 11, 2020.

Media Appearances

Dr. Schlossberg appeared several times as a guest of Lou Young on New York City's WABC Eyewitness News.


  1. Jones, Franklin D. "MILITARY PSYCHIATRY AND HOSTAGE NEGOTIATION" (PDF). Borden Institute. Retrieved 29 August 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. Rueb, Emily S. (2012-09-10). "A 1973 Hostage Situation, Revisited". City Room. Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  3. ""Crisis" or "Hostage" Negotiation? The Distinction Between Two Important Terms". FBI: Law Enforcement Bulletin. Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  4. "Harvey Schlossberg | St. John's University". www.stjohns.edu. Retrieved 2020-08-29.

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