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Mario Scalora

Focus Areas
Civil & Government Systems
Education & School Safety
Violence & Suicide Prevention

Dr. Mario Scalora is the director of the Public Policy Center and professor of psychology with the Clinical Training and Law-Psychology Programs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as coordinating an active academic research program engaging in collaborative research in targeted violence. He received his B.S. in psychology from St. Joseph’s University and his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests address various types of targeted violence issues including threats to public institutions and infrastructure/threat assessment, sexual offending, stalking, and workplace violence. This research continues to involve collaboration with state and federal agencies dealing with threat management and counterterrorism issues. Dr. Scalora has extensive relationships with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies related to threat assessment research and consultation assessing predictive risk factors and management strategies concerning targeted threatening, and violent activity. In addition to his role as director, Dr. Scalora also serves as a consulting psychologist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police regarding campus safety, threat management, and emergency preparedness.


Ph.D., Psychology, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

B.S., Psychology, St. Joseph's University


Swearer, S. M., Garcia, A., Cathcart, A., Palmon, S., Asay, N., & Scalora, M. (in press). Effective bullying prevention and intervention strategies for school professionals: Breaking down programmatic barriers. In Hughes, T. L., & Worrell, F. C. (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Applied School Psychology. Cambridge University Press.
Pollard, J., Disabato, D., Polychronis, P. D., & Scalora, M. (2020). Counseling center clinicians experience providing assessments of risk to self vs risk to others. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 34(2), 125-137, DOI: 10.1080/87568225.2019.1574215
Targeted violence is preventable. In many instances, concerning behaviors and potential warning signs are detected by friends, family, neighbors, teachers, co-workers, and professionals; but not reported. This website is a companion to grant-funded activities for a community approach to disrupting the pathway to violence in rural areas. The project explores the barriers to reporting these signs of...