Mario J. Scalora,  Ph.D.

337 Burnett Hall

Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0308

(402) 472-3126



**Applicants interested in learning more about the Targeted Violence Research Team and the upcoming admissions cycle should contact Dr. Mario Scalora at mscalora1@unl.edu. Dr. Scalora plans to accept 1-2 new graduate students for the 2019 academic year. **

Team Objectives

The goal of the Targeted Violence Research Team is to apply behavioral science principles to the application of detection, assessment, and management of targeted violence (see Research page). Targeted violence refers to violence that is goal-directed, predatory, and focused towards a specific individual(s) (e.g., stalking, terrorism, sexual assault). Threat assessment is the process of gathering information in an effort to estimate the threat of violence posed by a person or group of persons. Threat management refers to strategies that can be taken to prevent violence and mitigate a threat. In contrast to the assessment of impulsive behavior, law enforcement and mental health practitioners addressing “targeted violence” address situations in which there is the assessment of risk posed to an identified (or identifiable) target by an identified (or identifiable) perpetrator.

Threat assessment is also distinct from criminal profiling, which investigates types of individuals likely to commit certain offenses based on crime scene inferences. The lab does not conduct research or training related to criminal profiling.

Collaborative and Partnering Agencies


United States Capitol Police

Nebraska Emergency Management Agency

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department

University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Professional Conferences

Lab members are expected to attend and/or present at least one professional conference annually. Some of the annual conferences of interest include:

American Psychology-Law Society Annual Conference
Annual Meeting and Conference of The International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services
Annual ATAP Threat Management Conference
Annual Meeting of The American Society of Criminology
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers


According to the official report by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), 95.7% of applicants from the UNL Clinical Psychology Program matched to an internship from 2000 to 2010. Since joining the UNL faculty in 1997, every student from Dr. Scalora’s lab has matched to an internship site. Most students are placed at one of their top three picks. Typical internship sites include VA Hospitals, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Forensic State Hospitals. For more specific information regarding internship sites of former students, visit the Past Graduate Students page. 

Future Employment

Graduates from the research team have gained employment within a variety of venues, including:

  • Academia
  • Community Mental Health/ Human Service Agencies
  • Government Administrative Agencies (State/Federal)
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Military
  • State Hospitals