Dr. Jeff Pollard is a Board Certified Licensed Psychologist, and a founding member of George Mason University’s Threat Assessment Team, where he is a Professor in the Department of Psychology. He has consulted to universities and colleges throughout the country on threat assessment as well as given presentations on violence prevention and threat management at national meetings of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, the American College Health Association, the American Board of Professional Psychology, the American College Personnel Association, and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.
Dr. Pollard’s career in the prevention of on-campus violence has spanned twenty-five years. He was an early advocate of identification and treatment of violent perpetrators as a prevention practice in the academy. Among numerous publications on violence prevention, he co-edited Campus Violence, Kinds, Causes and Cures in 1993. His research on student alcohol use helped to further connections between drinking and interpersonal violence. Dr. Pollard’s current project is with the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy where he is guest editor for a special section on advanced threat assessment on-campus to be published fall of 2012. He was invited to serve as a subject matter expert at the Campus Threat Assessment Summit sponsored by Margolis Healy & Associates and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS) and served a critical role in developing the curriculum for national campus threat assessment training sponsored by MHA and funded by the COPS Office.
Dr. Pollard has thirty years experience directing counseling and health centers on campuses with enrollments ranging from 2,100 to 34,000 students. He is past-president of the American Board of Counseling Psychology, and has testified before congress in support of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as well as in support of resources dedicated to the mental health of returning veterans. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia which included a Clinical Psychology Residency at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine. In 2010, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2012 he was recognized as Emeritus Counseling Center Director, both by the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors