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  1. 2023 The Concept of Last Resort in Threat Assessment Journal of Threat Assessment and Management
  2. 2023 Going Dark: The Inverse Relationship between Online and On-the-Ground Pre-offence Behaviours in Targeted Attackers The Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET)
  3. 2023 The Hanau Terror Attack: Unraveling the Dynamics of Mental Disorder and Extremist Beliefs Journal of Threat Assessment and Management
  4. 2023 Stalking Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences
  5. 2023 LARPing and Violent Extremism FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin


  1. 2022 Meloy, J.R. & Holzer, J.  Threat assessment: TRAP-18 and application to a lone actor terrorism incident.  In: Holzer et al., eds., Lone-Actor Terrorism: An Integrated FrameworkOxford Univ Press.
  2. 2022 Incitement to Violence and Stochastic Terrorism: Legal, Academic, and Practical Parameters for Researchers and Investigators. Terrorism and Political Violence
  3. 2022 The Last Psychological Evaluation of Charles Manson: Implications for Personality, Psychopathology, and Ideology. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management
  4. 2022 The Contagion and Copycat Effect in Transnational Far-right Terrorism: An Analysis of Language Evidence Perspectives on Terrorism
  5. 2022 Envy and Extreme Violence International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies


  1. 2021 TRAP-18 Indicators Validated Through the Forensic Linguistic Analysis of Targeted Violence Manifestos Journal of Threat Assessment and Management
  2. 2021 Troubled Waters: Domestic Terrorism Threat in the U.S. Coast Guard and the TRAP-18  Journal of Threat Assessment and Management
  3. 2021 The Emergence and Development of Psychopathy Psychopathy and Criminal Behavior
  4. 2021 Stochastic Terrorism: A Linguistic and Psychological Analysis Perspectives on Terrorism, Volume 15, Issue 5
  5. 2021 Time Sequencing the TRAP-18 Indicators Journal of Threat Assessment and Management
  6. 2021 DSM-5 cultural and personality assessment of extreme overvalued beliefs Aggression and Violent Behavior


  1. 2020 The PCL–R and Capital Sentencing: A Commentary on “Death Is Different” DeMatteo et al.  Psychology, Public Policy, and Law
  2. 2020 Reliability and Validity of the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised in the Assessment of Risk for Institutional Violence: A Cautionary Note on DeMatteo et al.  Psychology, Public Policy, and Law
  3. 2020 Cognitive‐affective drivers of fixation in threat assessment Behavioral Sciences & the Law
  4. 2020 The Mass Shooter and His Mental Functioning Psychiatric Times
  5. 2020 A Preliminary Report of Psychiatric Diagnoses in a Scottish County Sample of Persons of National Security Concern Journal of Forensic Sciences
  6. 2020 Extreme Overvalued Beliefs American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  7. 2020 Assessing the threat of lone-actor terrorism: the reliability and validity of the TRAP-18 Forens Psychiatr Psychol Kriminol


  1. 2019 Visualizing the relationship among indicators for lone actor terrorist attacks: Multidimensional scaling and the TRAP-18 Behavioral Sciences and the Law
  2. 2019 The interplay between antisocial and obsessive- compulsive personality characteristics in cult-like religious groups: A psychodynamic decoding of the DSM-5 International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies
  3. 2019 German Mass Murderers and Their Proximal Warning Behaviors Journal of Threat Assessment and Management
  4. 2019 Some TRAP-18 Indicators Discriminate Between Terrorist Attackers and Other Subjects of National Security Concern Journal of Threat Assessment and Management
  5. 2019 The Tamerlan Tsarnaev Case: The Nexus of Psychopathology and Ideology in a Lone Actor Terrorist Journal of Threat Assessment and Management
  6. 2019 Extreme Overvalued Belief and the Legacy of Carl Wernicke Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law


  1. 2018 Spiteful and Contemptuous: A New Look at the Emotional Experiences Related to Psychopathy Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment
  2. 2018 Overcoming Resistance in Clinical and Forensic Interviews International Journal of Forensic Mental Health
  3. 2018 The Timelessness of Propaganda of the Deed Journal of Threat Assessment and Management
  4. 2018 The Operational Development and Empirical Testing of the Terrorist Radicalization Assessment Protocol (TRAP-18) Journal of Personality Assessment
  5. 2018 Social, Sexual, and Violent Predation: Are Psychopathic Traits Evolutionarily Adaptive? Violence and Gender
  6. 2018 The Swedish School Attack in Trollhattan.  Journal of Forensic Sciences
  7. 2018 Sexual Desire, Violent Death, and the True Believer. Contemporary Psychoanalysis


  1. 2017 Foundations of Threat Assessment and Management. Handbook of Behavioral Criminology (1st ed.)
  2. 2017 Autism Spectrum Disorder and Violence: Threat Assessment Issues. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management
  3. 2017 Jihad Against the Enemies of Allah: The Berlin Christmas Market Attack from a Threat Assessment Perspective Violence and Gender
  4. 2017 Lone-actor Terrorism and Impulsivity Journal of Forensic Sciences


  1. 2016 Public Figure Attacks in the United States, 1995-2015 Behavioral Sciences and the Law
  2. 2016 The Clinical Threat Assessment of the Lone-Actor Terrorist Psychiatric Clinics of North America
  3. 2016 The Lone-Actor Terrorist and the TRAP-18. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management
  4. 2016 International Handbook of Threat Assessment. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  5. 2016 Identifying Warning Behaviors of the Individual Terrorist. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin


  1. 2015 The Concept of Identification in Threat Assessment. Behavioral Sciences and the Law
  2. 2015 The Frankfurt Airport Attack: A Case Study on the Radicalization of a Lone-Actor Terrorist. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management
  3. 2015 Special Section Introduction: Terrorism in Europe. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management
  4. 2015 Stalking Victimization Among Police Officers. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management
  5. 2015 Threat Assessment: Scholars, Operators, Our Past, Our Future. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management
  6. 2015 Investigating the Individual Terrorist in Europe. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management
  7. 2015 The Warning Behaviors of Anders Breivik. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management


  1. 2014 Approaching and Attacking Public Figures: A Contemporary Analysis of Communications and Behavior.  Journal of Threat Assessment and Management
  2. 2014 Antisocial Personality Disorder. Gabbard’s Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, Fifth Edition
  3. 2014 Mass Murder and the Violent Paranoid Spectrum.  Psychiatric Annals
  4. 2014 Some Warning Behaviors Discriminate Between School Shooters and Other Students of Concern. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management
  5. 2014 The Seven Myths of Mass Murder. Violence and Gender
  6. 2014 The Violent True Believer as a “Lone Wolf” – Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Terrorism.  Behavioral Sciences and the Law
  7. 2014 Threats, Approach Behavior, and Violent Recidivism Among Offenders Who Harass Canadian Justice Officials.  Journal of Threat Assessment and Management


  1. 2013 Psychopathy and the Rorschach: A Response to Wood et al. (2010) Archives of Assessment Psychology
  2. 2013 Stalking. Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences
  3. 2013 The Value of Crime Scene and Site Visitation. Journal of Forensic Sciences
  4. 2013 Workplace Assessment of Target Violence Risk: The Development and Reliability of the WAVR-21. Journal of Forensic Sciences
  5. 2013 Commentary: Stalking by Patients-Psychiatrist’ Tales of Anger, Lust and Ignorance.  The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law


  1. 2012 Predatory Violence and Psychopathy. Psychopathy and Law
  2. 2012 Understanding Violence: Does Psychoanalytic Thinking Matter?  Aggression and Violent Behavior
  3. 2012 Disturbing Communications and Problematic Approaches to the Dutch Royal Family. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology
  4. 2012 The Role of Warning Behaviors in Threat Assessment: An Exploration and Suggested Typology. Behavioral Sciences and the Law
  5. 2012 Psychopathy and the Rorschach: A Response to Wood et al.  Assessment Psychology


  1. 2011 A Female Mass Murder. Journal of Forensic Sciences
  2. 2011 Predictors of Recidivism by Stalkers: A Nine-year Follow-up of Police Contacts. Behavioral Sciences and the Law
  3. 2011 Suicide by Cop Among Female Subjects in Officer-Involved Shooting Cases. Journal of Forensic Sciences
  4. 2011 The Female Stalker. Behavioral Sciences and the Law
  5. 2011 Violent True Believers. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
  6. 2011 The Concept of Leakage in Threat Assessment.  Behavioral Sciences and the Law
  7. 2011 Introduction to this Issue: International Perspectives on Stalking. Behavioral Sciences and the Law
  8. 2011 The Assassination of the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs.  Journal of Forensic Sciences
  9. 2011 Attacks on German Public Figures, 1968-2004: Warning Behaviors, Potentially Lethal and Non-lethal Acts, Psychiatric Status, and Motivations. Behavioral Sciences and the Law
  10. 2011 Approaching and Attacking Public Figures: A Contemporary Analysis of Communications and Behavior. In: Threatening Communications and Behavior: Perspectives on the Pursuit of Public Figures. National Research Council, The National Academies Press


  1. 2010 A Catathymic Infanticide. Journal of Forensic Sciences
  2. 2010 Persistence in Stalking: A Comparision of Associations in General Forensic and Public Figure Samples. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology
  3. 2010 Review of: Forensic and Medico-legal Aspects of Sexual Crimes and Unusual Sexual Practices. Journal of Forensic Sciences
  4. 2010 Stalkers and Harassers of British Royalty: An Exploration of Proxy Behaviours for Violence. Behavioral Sciences and the Law
  5. 2010 Abnormal Attentions Toward The British Royal Family: Factors Associated With Approach and Escalation. Journal of American Academy of Psychiatry & the Law
  6. 2010 Identifying and Classifying Juvenile Stalking Behavior. Journal of Forensic Sciences
  7. 2010 Hostage and Barricade Incidents Within an Officer-Involved Shooting Sample: Suicide by Cop, Intervention Efficacy, and Descriptive Characteristics. Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations
  8. 2010 Factors Associated with Escalation and Problematic Approaches Toward Public Figures. Journal of Forensic Sciences


  1. 2009 The Fixated and the Pursuit of Public Figures. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology
  2. 2009 Stalking. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science 
    e-EFS Encyclopedia at Wiley InterScience
  3. 2009 Suicide by Cop Among Officer-Involved Shooting Cases. Journal of Forensic Sciences
  4. 2009 Assessing Antisocial and Psychopathic Personalities. Clinical Personality Assessment (edited by James Butcher), 3rd edition, Oxford University Press
  5. 2009 Stalkers and Harassers of Royalty: The Role of Mental Illness and Motivation. Psychological Medicine


  1. 2008 The Public Figure Assassin as Terrorist In: Stalking, Threatening, and Attacking Public Figures: A Psychologiccal and Behavioral Analysis. Oxford University Press
  2. 2008 Psychopathy in a Mixed Gender Sample of Adult Stalkers. J Forensic Sciences
  3. 2008 Psychopathy and Stalking. Law and Human Behavior
  4. 2008 A Forensic Investigation of Those Who Stalk Celebrities. Oxford University Press
  5. 2008 Attacks on the British Royal Family: The Role of Psychotic Illness. J Am Acad Psychiatry and the Law


  1. 2007 The Application of Affective and Predatory Aggression to Psycholegal Opinions. In R. Browne, ed., Forensic Psychiatry Research Trends
  2. 2007 The Role of Mental Disorder in Attacks on European Politicians 1990-2004 Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
  3. 2007 The Authority of the Rorschach: An Update. In: C. Gacono, B. Evans, N. Kaiser-Boyd, L. Gacono, eds., The Handbook of Forensic Rorschach Psychology
  4. 2007 Stalking: The State of the Science. Criminal Behavior and Mental Health
  5. 2007 Dangerous Cases: When Treatment is Not an Option. In: B. van Luyn, S. Akhtar, J. Livesley, eds., Severe Personality Disorders: Major Issues in Everyday Practice
  6. 2007 A Psychoanalytic View of Psychopathy. In: A. Felthous & H. Sass, eds., International Handbook on Psychopathic Disorders and the Law
  7. 2007 Antisocial Personality Disorder. In G. Gabbard, ed., Gabbard’s Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, 4th Edition


  1. 2006 The RECON Typology of Stalking: Reliability and Validity Based Upon a Large Sample of North American Stalkers. J Forensic Sciences
  2. 2006 The Empirical Basis and Forensic Application of Affective and Predatory Violence. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
  3. 2006 Characterizing Aggressive Behavior in a Forensic Population. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry


  1. 2005 Validation of the Psychopathic Personality Inventory on a Female Inmate Sample. Behavioral Sciences and the Law
  2. 2005 The Role of Psychopathy and Sexuality in a Female Serial Killer. J Forensic Sciences
  3. 2005 Some Thoughts on the Neurobiology of Stalking. J Forensic Sciences
  4. 2005 Some reflections upon “What’s Wrong with the Rorschach”? J Personality Assessment


  1. 2004 Introduction to Special Issue on Serial and Mass Homicide. Behavioral Sciences and the Law
  2. 2004 Indirect Personality Assessment of the Violent True Believer. J Personality Assessment
  3. 2004 A Research Review of Public Figure Threats, Approaches, Attacks, and Assassinations in the United States. J Forensic Sciences
  4. 2004 Affective and Predatory Violence: A Bimodal Classification System of Human Aggression and Violence. Aggression and Violent Behavior
  5. 2004 A Comparative Analysis of North American Adolescent and Adult Mass Murderers. Behavioral Sciences and the Law


  1. 2003 When Stalkers Become Violent: The Threat to Public Figures and Private Lives. Psychiatric Annals
  2. 2003 Psychotic Dream-Related Aggression: A Critical Review and Proposal. Aggression and Violent Behavior
  3. 2003 Female Stalkers and Their Victims. J Am Academy Psychiatry and the Law


  1. 2002 The “Polymorphously Perverse” Psychopath: Understanding a Strong Empirical Relationship. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
  2. 2002 Commentary: Stalking, Threatening and Harassing Behavior by Patients–The Risk Management Response. J Am Academy Psychiatry and the Law
  3. 2002 Stalking and Violence. In: J. Boon and L. Sheridan, eds., Stalking and Psychosexual Obsession
  4. 2002 Spousal Homicide and the Subsequent Staging of a Sexual Homicide at a Distant Location. J Forensic Sciences
  5. 2002 Pathologies of Attachment, Violence, and Criminality. In: Journal of Threat Assessment
  6. 2002 Human Captivity Experiences. Journal of Threat Assessment
  7. 2002 Fiery Tongues and Mystical Motivations: Glossolalia in a Forensic Population is Associated with Mania and Religious/Sexual Delusions. J Forensic Sciences
  8. 2002 Autonomic Arousal in the Presence of Psychopathy: A Survey of Mental Health and Criminal Justice Professionals. Journal of Threat Assessment


  1. 2001 The Violent True Believer: Homicidal and Suicidal States of Mind. J Threat Assessment
  2. 2001 Risk Factors for Violence Among Stalkers. J Threat Assessment
  3. 2001 Offender and Offense Characteristics of a Nonrandom Sample of Adolescent Mass Murderers. J Am Acad Child Adolescent Psychiatry
  4. 2001 Investigating the Role of Screen Violence in Specific Homicide Cases. J Forensic Sciences
  5. 2001 Communicated Threats and Violence Toward Public and Private Targets: Discerning Differences Among Those Who Stalk and Attack. J Forensic Sciences


  1. 2000 The Nature and Dynamics of Sexual Homicide: An Integrative Review. Aggression and Violent Behavior
  2. 2000 Clinical and Forensic Indicators of “Suicide By Cop”. J Forensic Sciences
  3. 2000 Rorschach Comparison of Psychopaths, Sexual Homicide Perpetrators, and Nonviolent Pedophiles. Journal of Clinical Psychology
  4. 2000 A Replication Study of Obsessional Followers and Offenders with Mental Disorders. J Forensic Sciences
  5. 2000 A Cross-Cultural Review of Sudden Mass Assault by a Single Individual in the Oriental and Occidental Cultures. J Forensic Sciences
  6. 2000 Book Review J Forensic Psychiatry


  1. 1999 Custody disputes involving domestic violence: Making children’s needs a priority Juvenile and Family Court Journal
  2. 1999 Stalking: An Old Behavior, a New Crime. Psychiatric Clinics of North America
  3. 1999 Serial Murder of Six Victims by an African-American Male. Journal of Forensic Sciences
  4. 1999 Sadism and Psychopathy in Violent and Sexually Violent Offenders. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  5. 1999. Offender and Offense Characteristics of a Nonrandom Sample of Mass Murderers. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  6. 1999 Erotomania, Triangulation, and Homicide. Journal of Forensic Sciences
  7. 1999 Assaultive Eye Injury and Enucleation. J Am Academy Psychiatry and the Law


  1. 1998 Reduced Prefrontal and Increased Subcortical Brain Functioning Assessed Using Positron Emission Tomography in Affective and Predatory Murderers. Behavioral Sciences and the Law
  2. 1998 Bombing and Psychopathy: An Integrative Review. Journal of Forensic Sciences


  1. 1997 The Clinical Risk Management of Stalking. American Journal of Psychotherapy
  2. 1997 Above the Law: Escapees from a Maximum Security Forensic Hospital and Psychopathy. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  3. 1997 The Psychology of Wickedness: Psychopathy and Sadism. Psychiatric Annals
  4. 1997 Predatory Violence during Mass Murder. Journal of Forensic Sciences
  5. 1997 Domestic Protection Orders and the Prediction of Subsequent Criminality and Violence toward Protectees. Psychotherapy
  6. 1997 The Authority of the Rorschach: Legal Citations During the Past Fifty Years. J Personality Assessment
  7. 1997 A Comparative Study of Psychotic and Non-psychotic Stalking. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law


  1. 1996 Stalking (Obsessional Following): A Review of Some Preliminary Studies. Aggression and Violent Behavior
  2. 1996 Pseudonecrophilia Following Spousal Homicide. J Forensic Sciences
  3. 1996 Orestes in Southern California: A Forensic Case of Matricide. Journal of Psychiatry & Law


  1. 1995 Detection of malingering in competency to stand trial evaluations. Law and Human Behavior
  2. 1995 A Demographic and Clinical Comparison of Obsessional Followers and Mentally Disordered Offenders. American Journal of Psychiatry
  3. 1995 A Clinical Investigation of Malingering and Psychopathy in Hospitalized Insanity Acquittees. American Academy of Psychiatry Law


  1. 1994 A Rorschach Investigation of Sexual Homicide. Journal of Personality Assessment
  2. 1994 A Neurotic Criminal: “I’ve Learned my Lesson…” Journal of Personality Assessment
  3. 1994 Stalking and Immigration. J Forensic Sciences
  4. 1994 A Case Study of Spousal Homicide and Delusional Misidentification Syndromes. Journal of Forensic Sciences


  1. 1993 A Borderline Psychopath: “I was Basically Maladjusted…” Journal of Personality Assessment


  1. 1992 Voluntary Intoxication and the Insanity Defense. Journal of Psychiatry & Law
  2. 1992 The Rorschach and DSM-IIIR Antisocial Personality: A Tribute to Robert Lindner. Journal of Clinical Psychology
  3. 1992 Revisiting the Rorschach of Sirhan Sirhan. Journal of Personality Assessment
  4. 1992 Rorschach testimony. Journal of Psychiatry & Law
  5. 1992 A Psychotic (Sexual) Psychopath: “I just had a violent thought…” Journal of Personality Assessment
  6. 1992 Object Relations, Defensive Operations, and Affective States in Borderline, Narcissistic, and Antisocial Personality Disorder. Journal of Personality Assessment
  7. 1992 A Rorschach Study of Attachment and Anxiety in Inpatient Conduct Disordered and Dysthymic Adolescents. Journal of Personality Assessment
  8. 1992 The Aggression Response and The Rorschach. Journal of Clinical Psychology


  1. 1991 A Psychoanalytic View of the Comprehensive System “Special Scores.” Journal of Personality Assessment
  2. 1991 The Decision to Criminally Prosecute the Psychiatric Patient. American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry


  1. 1990 A Rorschach Investigation of Narcissism and Hysteria in Antisocial Personality. Journal of Personality Assessment
  2. 1990 A Review of the Psychopathic Mind: Origins, Dynamics, and Treatment. J Forensic Sciences
  3. 1990 Profiling Violent Crimes: An Investigative Tool. Journal of Forensic Sciences
  4. 1990 Neuropsychological Deficits and Violent Behavior in Incarerated Schizophrenics. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease


  1. 1989 Unrequited Love and the Wish to Kill: the diagnosis and treatment of borderline erotomania. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
  2. 1989 The Forensic Interview. In: Clinical and Diagnostic Interviewing
  3. 1989 A Comparative Clinical Investigation of the MMPI “Charlie” and “How” Subtypes. Journal of Personality Assessment
  4. 1989 Juvenile Homicide. The Journal of Psychiatry & Law
  5. 1989 Serial Murder: A Four-Book Review. The Journal of Psychiatry & Law


  1. 1988 Violent and Homicidal Behavior in Primitive Mental States. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis
  2. 1988 The Psychology of Judical Sentencing. The Journal of Psychiatry & Law
  3. 1988 Battered Woman Syndrome as a Criminal Defense. The Journal of Psychiatry & Law
  4. 1988 The Relationship Between Cognitive Style and Defensive Process in the Psychopath. Criminal Justice and Behavior


  1. 1987 Prediction of violence in outpatient psychotherapy. American Journal of Psychotherapy
  2. 1987 The Lust to Kill: A Feminist Investigation of Sexual Murder. The Journal of Psychiatry & Law
  3. 1987 Understanding and Treating the Psychopath. The Journal of Psychiatry & Law


  1. 1986 Rapid Classification of the Functionally Psychotic Individual in Custody. Criminal Justice and Behavior
  2. 1986 On the Relationship Between Primary Process and Thought Disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis
  3. 1986 Narcissistic Psychopathology and the Clergy. Pastoral Psychology


  1. 1985 The fitness interview test: A method for examining fitness to stand trial. The Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  2. 1985 Inpatient psychiatric treatment in a county jail. Journal of Psychiatry & Law
  3. 1985 Concept and percept formation in object relations theory. Psychoanalytic Psychology


  1. 1984 Thought organization and primary process in the parents of schizophrenics. British Journal of Medical Psychology