She is a trusted advisor and an experienced security consultant, bringing over 30 years of specialised work in the prevention of targeted violence, threat assessment, behavioural analysis, and change management. As a psychologist, Dr. Coggins’s approach emphasises proactive prevention and intervention strategies to mitigate risk. From her law enforcement background, Dr. Coggins implements operationally relevant, tactically sound, and practically valid solutions. She routinely consults on best practices for program design and implementation, policy development, communications strategies, and training to achieve safety and security objectives. Much of her current work is focused on consulting with businesses, corporate clients, schools, and institutions of higher education to implement threat assessment programs.
Dr. Coggins is a former Federal executive, having served nearly 20 years as a Senior Manager for the United States Secret Service Office of Protective Research, and the Chief of its Behavioral Research Program. Her areas of responsibility included: providing risk assessment research, consultation, and training in support of the Secret Service protective mission, and the study of threatening and high-risk behaviors directed toward the President of the United States. Dr. Coggins’s research efforts provided the foundation for the Secret Service school safety initiative, leading to current best practices in the prevention of targeted violence in schools.
Following 9/11, she was appointed as a Deputy Assistant Director of the Federal Air Marshal Service, to support its transformation to a Federal law enforcement mission, retiring from Federal service in 2012.
Dr. Coggins earned Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees in psychology from the Catholic University of America. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Dickinson College. Her work has been published in several scientific journals and she served as an adjunct Full professor for the George Washington University.
Here are some of the themes we cover in this conversation
- The difference between”making a threat” and “posing a threat”. Understanding the differences – in behaviour, motivation, capability, consequences – as factors that influence how concerned one needs to be about potential threats
- How intervention support can be useful in mitigating risk and the importance of creating a mechanism to provide support.
- Early identification indicators of risk and the pathway to risk.
- Changing the thinking around culture issues and reporting behaviour.
- The importance of top leadership commitment in an initiatives success.
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