Dr. Meloy will discuss his ongoing work with collaborators on psychodynamically understanding the threat posed by lone actor terrorists who are at least consciously motivated by a theology that advances homicide and suicide.
- To be familiar and able to describe contemporary viewpoints of psychodynamic/psychoanalytic theories pertaining to the understanding of lone actor terrorists.
- To understand psychodynamic/psychoanalytic frontier approaches in addressing motivations for terrorism, as well as homicide and suicide.
- To apply psychodynamic/psychoanalytic theory to the understanding of the greater world culture of today as it pertains to significant regional and violent conflicts.
Reid Meloy is a forensic psychologist who also holds a Master of Divinity degree. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCSD, and is a consultant to the Behavioral Analysis Units of the FBI, Quantico. Dr. Meloy has authored or co-authored over two-hundred twenty 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 personality disorder, psychopathy, stalking, narcissism, criminality, mental disorder, and targeted violence for the past twenty-five years.