Mario Scalora

Professor Psychology

Lab site: Targeted Violence Research Team



***For potential graduate study applicants, Dr. Scalora plans to recruit at least one graduate applicant for the following academic year**

His research interests addresses various types of targeted violence issues including:

  • threat assessment
  • terrorism/extremist violence
  • sexual offending &
  • workplace violence.

Dr. Scalora is currently performing research in a variety of areas related to targeted violence and threat assessment. This research continues to involve collaboration with state and federal agencies dealing with threat management and counterterrorism issues. Dr. Scalora also collaborates with local, state, and federal law enforcement on threat assessment research assessing predictive risk factors concerning targeted threatening and violent activity. Concerning sexual offending, he and his colleagues are investigating a range of personality and other risk factors related to sexual recidivism. On a related note concerning targeted violence, his research team is also investigating various risk-related issues (e.g., the nature of mental illness, predictive value of precious threatening behavior) concerning multiple samples of workplace violence.

His teaching activity currently includes courses on forensic assessment, personality assessment, and the psychology of terrorism.

Representative Publications
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Scalora, M. J. (in press). Electronic threats and harassment. In Meloy J.R., & Hoffmann J. (Eds).  International Handbook of Threat Assessment.  New York: Oxford Univ. Press.
  • *McLawsen, J. E., Scalora, M. J., & Darrow, C. (2012). Civilly committed sex offenders: A description and interstate comparison of populations. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 18(3), 453-476.
  • *Marquez, A. J. & Scalora, M. J. (2011). Problematic approach of legislators: Differentiating stalking from isolated incidents. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 38, 1115-1126.
  • *Schoeneman, K.A., Scalora, M. J., Darrow, C. D., McLawsen, J. E., Chang, G. H., & Zimmerman, W. J.  (2011). Written content indicators of problematic approach behavior toward political officials. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 29, 284-301.
  • *Walsh, K., DiLillo, D. L., & Scalora, M. J. (2011). The cumulative impact of sexual revictimization on emotion regulation difficulties: An examination of female inmates. Violence Against Women, 17, 1-16.
  • *James, D. V.,  Mullen, P. E.,  Meloy, J. R.,  Pathé, M. T., Preston, L. F., Darnley, B., Farnham, F. R., Scalora, M. J., (2011). Stalkers and harassers of British royalty: An exploration of proxy behaviours for violence. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 29, 64-80.
  • *Bader, S. M., Welsh, R., & Scalora, M. J. (2010). Recidivism among female child molesters. Violence and Victims, 25(3), 349-362.
  •  Scalora, M.J., Simons, A., & Van Slyke.S. (2010). Campus safety: Assessing and managing threats. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, 79, 1-10.
  • Scalora, M.J. (2009). Top down and bottom up: Consulting within hierarchical organizations. In Hays, K.F. (Ed.) Performance Psychology in Action. Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.
  •  Scalora, M.J., Plank, G.L. & Shoeneman, K. A. (2009). The assessment of anonymous mthreats.  In M. St-Yves & M. Tanguay (Eds),  Psychology of Criminal Investigation: The research of the truth. Éditions Yvon Blais, Cowansville (Québec), Canada.
  • *Oxley, D.R, Smith, K.B., Alford, J.R.,  Hibbing, M.V., Miller, J.L., Scalora, M. J.,   Hatemi, P.K.,  & Hibbing, J.R. (2008). Political Attitudes Vary with Physiological Traits. Science, 321, 1667-1670.
  • Scalora, M.J., Zimmerman, W., & Wells, D.G., (2008). Use of Threat Assessment for the Protection of Congress. In Meloy J.R., Sheridan L, Hoffmann J. (Eds).  Stalking, Threats, and Attacks Against Public Figures.  New York: Oxford Univ. Press. 
More Information

For more information regarding Dr. Scalora's research activities, please review the Forensic Research Team's website.