The Psychodynamics of Threatening and Attacking Public Figures

Internationally known forensic psychologist Reid Meloy, Ph.D., will teach the state of the science regarding threats and attacks toward public figures. He will draw from his recent work with the UK Home Office on threats toward the British Royal Family, as well as his 2009 commissioned study for the National Academy of Sciences concerning threats and attacks towards U.S. Secret Service protectees and other U.S. public figures. His book, Stalking, Threatening, and Attacking Public Figures: A Psychological and Behavioral Analysis (Oxford University Press) will also be available.


Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 9:00am to 11:30am
7:00 PM - Registration/Wine & Cheese



4455 Morena Boulevard, Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92117
United States
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$35 for SDPC Members
$50 for Non-members
$15 for Students

Educational Objective(s)

  • Describe the conscious motivations and unconscious dynamics among those who threaten and attack both political and celebrity public figures.
  • Describe the “pathway to violence” as illustrated in two public figure assassinations in the U.S. And Europe (Robert Kennedy and Anna Lindh).
  • Identify warning behaviors that often appear in patients and others who are planning such a rare but catastrophic event.
  • Describe the similarities and differences regarding public figure attacks cross-culturally