About Dr. Meloy

Dr. Reid Meloy

Dr. Reid Meloy

Dr. Meloy is board-certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and consults on criminal and civil cases throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, and a faculty member of the San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is past president of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He has received a number of awards from various professional organizations. Dr. Meloy has authored or co-authored over two hundred papers published in peer-reviewed psychiatric and psychological journals, and has authored, co-authored or edited eleven books. He has been conducting research and writing on violence risk and threat assessment for the past twenty-five years.  His first book, The Psychopathic Mind (Aronson, 1988), was an integration of the biological and psychodynamic understanding of psychopathy.  His co-edited book with Drs. Hoffmann and Sheridan, Stalking, Threatening and Attacking Public Figures (Oxford University Press, 2008), led to a commissioned study for the National Academy of Sciences on threats toward public figures published in 2011 (www.nap.edu).  His most recent book is the International Handbook of Threat Assessment (Oxford University Press, 2014).  Dr. Stephen White and he created the WAVR-21 (Specialized Training Services, 2007, 2010; www.wavr21.com), a scientifically based structured professional judgment instrument for targeted workplace violence assessment. Dr. Meloy was a consultant to the counterintelligence division of the FBI for 13 years, and intermittently teaches at the Behavioral Analysis Units in Quantico. He is a member of the Fixated Research Group for the United Kingdom’s Home Office concerning threats to the Royal Family and British political figures, and is a consultant to Team Psychology and Security in Germany. He has been a technical consultant to the television program CSI since its inception in 2001.

Dr. Meloy writes for Psychology Today.

Dr. Reid Meloy’s Psychology Today Article: Seven Myths of Mass Murder.

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