Threat Assessment in the age of COVID-19: An introduction to the TRAP-18

Date: February 24, 2021

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Eastern Time (US)

Eligible for: 1.5 CE Credits

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Training Description: The Terrorist Radicalization Assessment Protocol (TRAP-18) is a validated structured professional judgment instrument for risk of lone actor targeted attacks. This 1.5-hour seminar will introduce attendees to the 18 indicators of the TRAP-18 and some of the exciting validation studies that have been completed to date. Threat assessment teams investigate these cases online and on the ground; however, political unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic have made these tasks much more difficult. The TRAP-18 helps teams prioritize which cases pose high risk and need active management, and which cases are low risk and need only passive monitoring. Such decisions are critical for practice, and the TRAP-18 is the only scientifically validated terrorist threat instrument that supports such operational choices.

*IMPORTANT* This 1.5-hour free training is a brief introduction to the development of the TRAP-18 and its intended uses. Professionals who wish to use the TRAP-18 in practice should attend Dr. Reid Meloy’s comprehensive TRAP-18 On Demand Training (

Learning Objectives: At the end of this training, you will be able to…

  1. Identify the 8 proximal warning behaviors in the TRAP-18
  2. Identify the 10 distal characteristics in the TRAP-18
  3. Discuss current validation research on the TRAP-18 as a risk assessment instrument for lone

Trainer Biography

J. Reid Meloy, PhD, is a board-certified forensic psychologist (ABPP) and consults on criminal and civil cases throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, and a faculty member of the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is past president of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He has received several awards and honors, and was the Yochelson Visiting Scholar at Yale University in March 2015 and Visiting Scholar at University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich in May 2018. He has authored and co-authored over 240 papers published in peer-reviewed psychiatric and psychological journals, and has authored, co-authored or edited 12 books. His first book, which was published in 1988, was The Psychopathic Mind: Origins, Dynamics, and Treatment. He has been testifying, consulting, researching and writing about personality disorder, psychopathy, stalking, narcissism, criminality, mental disorder, and targeted violence for the past 30 years. Dr. Meloy has been a consultant to the FBI, Quantico, for the past 18 years, and is the originator and developer of the TRAP-18 (Terrorist Radicalization Assessment Protocol, He is associate editor of the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management.