Threat Assessment in the Nation's Capitol

Dr. Mario Scalora, director of the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center and professor of Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, recently spoke with CBS news about the current landscape of threat assessment and violence prevention with respect to members of congress and other public figures.  According to CBS News, “a year after the January 6 riot, the Capitol Police says the threats to lawmakers are at an all-time high. Roughly 9,600 threats were referred to the agency in 2021, about 100 more than in 2020.“  With more than 20 years of experience working with Capitol Police, Dr. Scalora regularly works to analyze threats against law makers and other entities. His threat assessment research and consultation aim to assess predictive risk factors and provide management strategies concerning targeted threatening, and violent activity.

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Dr. Scalora is the director of the Targeted Violence Research team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, leading a team of researchers focusing on applying behavioral science principles to the detection, assessment, and management of targeted violence. He also leads the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Threat Assessment team, which works with University police and campus staff to address campus-related threat and safety concerns. Learn more at