Warning Behaviors and Their Psychodynamics in Targeted Violence


School shootings, mass murders, and terrorist bombings have highlighted the importance of identifying warning behaviors prior to such acts of targeted violence. Dr. Meloy will draw on his group's research in Europe and North America concerning eight warning behaviors—dynamic and accelerating patterns of risk—with a particular focus on the psychodynamics of fixation, identification, and the early internal markers for pathway behavior. Contemporary case examples will be utilized.


Friday, September 6, 2013 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
7:00 PM - Registration/Wine & Cheese



4455 Morena Boulevard, Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92117
United States
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Free for SDPC Members
$25 for Non-members
$15 for Students

Educational Objective(s)

  • Describe the warning behaviors that are predictive of targeted violence.
  • Formulate the psychodynamic bases of behaviors that are predictive of targeted violence.
  • Discuss the role of culture in the psychodynamically understood fantasies of individuals who engage in targeted violence.

Presenter Information

Dr. J. Reid Meloy is a board-certified forensic psychologist who consults on criminal and civil cases throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at U.C. 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. His forthcoming book is entitled, The International Handbook of Threat Assessment (Oxford University Press, 2013).