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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

James Cawood – Associate


Dr. Cawood is President of Factor One which is a California based corporation specializing in
threat assessment and management, violence risk assessment, behavioral analysis, security consulting,
and investigations. Dr. Cawood has worked in the area of threat and violence risk assessment and
management, behavioral analysis, violence prevention, security analysis, and incident resolution for
more than 25 years. He has successfully assessed and managed over 4500 violence related cases for
federal and state government agencies, universities and colleges, public and private corporations, and
other business entities throughout North America. Dr. Cawood has also provided consultation and
training to these same types of organizations on the design and implementation of threat assessment,
violence risk assessment, and incident response protocols. This included participation in the
development of the P.O.S.T. (Peace Officers Standards and Training) telecourse for Workplace
Violence for California and Arizona law enforcement, California P.O.S.T. development of a Fear and
Anger Control telecourse, Association of Threat Assessment Professional’s Risk Assessment
Guideline Elements for Violence (R.A.G.E.-V), ASIS International’s Workplace Violence Prevention
and Response guideline, and participation in the development of a threat assessment protocol by the
California District Attorney’s Association for use in training judges, District Attorneys, and others in
the California justice system. He also has served as an expert witness in dozens of cases involving
questions concerning investigative and security issues, including threat assessment and violence in
the workplace.

Dr. Cawood is currently serving on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Threat Assessment
and Management (American Psychological Association) and is the former Association President of
the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP). He has also served as Association 2nd
Vice President and the President of the Northern California Chapter of ATAP; on the ASIS
International Foundation Board and was Secretary of the Board; as the Chairman of the Board of the
California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI) and has served as Chairman of their
Legislative Committee; and as a Board member for the Association of Workplace Investigators
(AWI).
Dr. Cawood is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, holds a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology
from Argosy University, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Northcentral University. He has served on
the faculties of Golden Gate University, in their Security Management degree program and the
University of California, Santa Cruz extension, teaching Threat Management. He is a Certified
Protection Professional (CPP), Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), Physical Security
Professional (PSP), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Security Professional (CSP), Certified
Professional Investigator (CPI), Certified International Investigator (CII), and Certified Threat
Manager (CTM).