Dr. William Froming is trained as a research psychologist in personality and social psychology. He has long-term interest in pro-social behavior, moral development, self-awareness, and the relationship between thought and action. Along the way Dr. Froming became a student of the Holocaust and genocide--tragedies of epic proportions that demand psychological analysis. He has incorporated Holocaust events and people into his teaching, visited many sites in Europe, and befriended amazing people who survived the nightmare.
In 2004 he first visited Rwanda, where the genocide had taken place in 1994. He was deeply moved by what he learned and was struck by the parallels between the Holocaust and the genocide in Rwanda. This has led to two parallel developments. First, he has led multiple groups of faculty and students on teaching trips to Rwanda. The goal is to assist in the building of a graduate program to train students to treat trauma survivors. Second, the commonalities between the two genocides sparked his desire to explore other genocides, such as those in Armenia and Cambodia, to better understand the conditions that give rise to such events.
In 2008 Dr. Froming was an invited speaker at the Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention in Auschwitz, Poland, where he lectured on these topics to government officials from around the world.