Biography

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Lisa Hamp is a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting that took place on April 16, 2007.  During the shooting, Lisa and her classmates laid on the floor pushing the desks and chairs against the door while the shooter shot at our door and tried to push it open.  Fortunately, their barricade held and the shooter was unable to enter their classroom.

She was in denial for a long time that the shooting impacted her, and thus struggled for return to "normal" life.  Eight years later, she sought counseling and began her recovery.

Today, Lisa speaks and writes about her experience surviving and recovering from the Virginia Tech shooting to help others.  She shares a raw and powerful personal story, as well as lessons learned from Virginia Tech Tragedy, to first responders, psychologists, counselors, teachers, students, and many others.  Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Campus Safety Magazine, and the Domestic Preparedness Journal.

Lisa has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Virginia Tech, a Master’s degree in Operations Research from George Mason University, and a Master’s degree in Economics from John Hopkins University.