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James Cawood

Focus Areas
Civil & Government Systems
Health & Behavioral Health
Violence & Suicide Prevention

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

Dr. Cawood is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, holds a Master's 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.


Ph.D., Psychology, Northcentral University

Master's, Forensic Psychology, Argosy University

Licensure & Certification

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)

Certified Threat Manager (CTM)