Researching targeted violence and contemporary criminality.

Board of Directors & Consultants

Jens Hoffman, PhD, Chairman

Jens Hoffmann, PhD, has been doing research on threat assessment for the past decade at the Department of Psychology at the University of Darmstadt.  He also initiated the first systematic threat management process in a European university. His research interests include stalking, workplace violence, targeted violence in schools and in universities, femicide, and attacks on public figures.  Dr. Hoffmann has authored more than fifty professional journal articles and book chapters, and has authored, co-authored or edited nine books on topics such as stalking, attacks on public figures, school shootings, criminal profiling (for the German Federal Office of Criminal Investigations) and intimate partner homicide. He has presented lectures and workshops in nine European countries and in the USA, and has trained law enforcement professionals in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.  In addition to his scientific research he heads the training institute, “Institut Psychologie & Bedrohungsmanagement”, as well as a consulting firm with two former police psychologists,  “Team Psychologie &. Sicherheit”.  The primary consulting focus of Dr. Hoffmann’s group is conducting threat management for national and international corporate groups, universities, government agencies, and for public figures. Dr. Hoffmann has been an invited expert in the German parliament in preparation for the first anti-stalking law in this country. He is also the former president of the European Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.

Bram van der Meer, MSc.

Bram van der Meer, MSc., is a forensic and investigative psychologist who started his career as a clinician in one of country’s largest forensic psychiatric facilities, where dangerous and mentally ill offenders are admitted. For the past 11 years he worked for the Netherlands National Police’s profiling unit. From this position he has been the behavioral advisor in numerous national and international investigations. Mr. Van der Meer’s main interest and activity is violent crime (scene) analysis, interrogation strategy and threat assessment. He has conducted several threat assessments for the Netherlands Royal Family, Dutch politicians and foreign VIPs. He teaches behavioral aspects of threat assessment as well as interview techniques at the Netherlands Police Academy. Mr. Van der Meer is the current president of the Association of European Threat Assessment Professionals (www.aetap.eu). In June 2011 he co-founded the first threat management company in the Netherlands, Black Swan Forensics. His company provides consultation and training to both government organizations and corporate business confronted with threats or related problems,  Black Swan Forensics also provides behavioral investigative services to violent crime police investigations.

Reid Meloy, PhD,  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.