Nebraska psychologist goes to Florida police academy at 67

By The National Psychologist Editor
September 1, 2004 - Last updated: May 31, 2011


Moved by the events of Sept. 11, 2001, a University of Nebraska at Omaha professor and an activist in the Florida Psychological Association enrolled in and graduated from a police training program in Tallahassee at the age of 67.

Robert H. Woody, Ph.D., J.D., said that he “needed to do something” to deal with the 9/11 terrorist attack. “I wanted it to be a first-class experience and I decided the best thing I could do was learn more about law enforcement.”

Woody renrolled in the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, which graduates 8,000 safety force trainees annually. At 67, he was the oldest student in his class of 47, which ranged from ages 18 to 44. He was elected class president. The course lasted five weeks.

He said he has no desire to “break into a crack house in the middle of the night,” and will use his newly acquired knowledge of law enforcement in the psychology courses he teaches. “I will try to integrate and promote law enforcement in my classes,” Woody said.

He spends a great deal of time in Florida where he has many legal clients.

Woody is a past president of the Florida Psychological Association and has represented Florida on the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives for the last three years.

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