Expert Seminar Speaker
Trained as a lawyer and psychologist, James R. P. Ogloff, J.D., Ph.D., is Foundation Professor and Director of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University. He is also Executive Director of Psychological Services and Research at Forensicare, the statewide forensic mental health service in Victoria, Australia. Professor Ogloff was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia 2015 for significant service to education and to the law as a forensic psychologist, as an academic, researcher and practitioner. Professor Ogloff has extensive academic and clinical experience working across youth justice, corrections and forensic mental health. He has published 17 books and more than 280 scholarly articles and book chapters. He has served as Editor of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, as Associate Editor of Law and Human Behavior, and he is an Associate Editor of Criminal Justice and Behavior, and an International Editor of Behavioral Sciences and the Law. Most recently, he was awarded the 2018 American Psychology-Law Society Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology and Law.
Melissa Muir has been an HR professional in the U.S. courts for 25 years. Informed by threat assessment and management principles, Melissa is passionate about applying positive HR practices to improve the safety and health of our organizations.
Melissa is the Past President of the Northwest Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP), a non-profit dedicated to learning and sharing knowledge to prevent targeted violence and interpersonal violence. In addition to an active role expanding online training, she serves on the national sponsorship and strategic planning committees. Melissa has recently created an ATAP Community of Practice for Human Resources.
Melissa has developed and delivered communications training across the federal government, from grammar to crisis communications. She teaches courses on preventing workplace harassment and developed a comprehensive video series focused on preventing workplace violence. Melissa holds an MBA from the University of Washington, and a law degree with a focus on employment law and mediation from Seattle University School of Law.
Dr Michele Pathé is a forensic psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry at Swinburne University. She was formerly the Principal Forensic Behavioural Consultant in the Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and Major Events Command of the Queensland Police Service before taking up her current position at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (‘Forensicare’), where she is the Clinical Lead of the Victorian Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (VFTAC). Dr Pathé was a member of the multi-national Fixated Research Group commissioned by the British Home Office to investigate the threat posed to the British Royal Family and politicians by fixated persons. This project culminated in the establishment of the world’s first FTAC in the UK in 2006.
Dr Pathé has since played a key role in setting up Australia’s first FTAC in Queensland (QFTAC) in 2013, and its later expansion (Project Solus) in 2016. This received an Australian Crime and Violence Prevention National Gold Award. Dr Pathé consulted to the AFP in the establishment of its Fixated Threat Assessment model for high office holders in Canberra and she has consulted widely to health, law enforcement and security personnel in this field. She has a clinical and research interest in stalking, abnormal complainants, public figure fixation, lone actor terrorism and other forms of grievance-fuelled violence, as well as inter-agency approaches to mitigating risk in these areas. She has co-authored risk assessment tools, three books and 100 journal articles and book chapters. In 2018 she was awarded a Distinguished Achievement Award by the American Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP).