Dr Russell Palarea1, SSA Kendall Donahue1
1Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Department Of State, Washington, USA
Dr. Russell Palarea serves as the contract Consulting Operational Psychologist for the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DS). He was brought to DS in 2012 to spearhead the creation of the State Department’s Threat Management Program, and currently consults on investigations of threats and targeted violence against State Department leadership and personnel, U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide, domestic facilities, foreign diplomatic facilities in the U.S., and visiting foreign dignitaries. He is assigned to the Office of Protective Intelligence Investigations, and also provides consultation to the DS Insider Threat Program. Additionally, he is an instructor for the DS Training Academy and a presenter for the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC). From 2001 to 2011, Dr. Palarea served as a Staff Operational Psychologist with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), where he consulted on threat assessment, violent crime, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism investigations. From 2011 to 2012, he served as a contract Operational Psychologist with the U.S. Department of Defense. He has served as an instructor for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), CIA University, and DoD Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy (JCITA), and has trained a multitude of local, state, federal, and international law enforcement and security services. Dr. Palarea holds a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, emphasis in Forensics, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He currently serves as the President of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) and is a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management.