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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 (  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;, 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.


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