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Lina Alathari, Ph.D.

Chief, National Threat Assessment Center
Protective Intelligence and Assessment Division
U.S. Secret Service

Dr. Alathari is the Chief of the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC), where she oversees the center’s targeted violence behavioral research program. The findings from these projects have identified behaviors, motives, and triggers of individuals who engage in various forms of targeted violence to include school violence, workplace violence, terrorism, attacks against government officials and facilities, and mass attacks in public spaces. These research efforts build on existing best practices in the field of threat assessment by offering operational considerations for investigations and security practices.

Dr. Alathari also oversees NTAC’s training and consultation programs. She frequently presents on threat assessment to federal, state, and local law enforcement; international security agencies; and schools. She has testified before congress and provides guidance to government agencies, K-12 schools, universities, and corporations on threat cases and establishing threat assessment programs.

Dr. Alathari’s previous experience includes mental health treatment, behavior analysis, and crisis intervention. Immediately prior to joining the U.S. Secret Service, Dr. Alathari worked at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, an inpatient state psychiatric facility, where she oversaw the behavior management program for patients who posed a risk for violence, self-harm, and suicide.

Dr. Alathari earned a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuropsychology from The George Washington University.

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Lina Alathari, Ph.D.