Threat assessment is a structured process used to evaluate the risk posed by a person, typically as a response to an actual or perceived threat or concerning behavior. The primary purpose of a threat assessment is to prevent targeted violence.
Over the past 26 years, Dr. Holifield has worked as a psychologist in residential, inpatient, therapeutic-day school, and private practice settings, focusing on assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults who have exhibited aggressive and violent behaviors. Specific accomplishments include:
Dr. Holifield is the Threat Management Coordinator for a new community-based threat assessment pilot project. This 4 year grant project focuses on integrating threat assessment, threat management, and threat monitoring among community institutions (education, law enforcement, and behavioral health). The final goal will be to examine community-based monitoring, provided ongoing training to community partners, and develop intervention approaches for individuals who have made threatening gestures. The program applied for funding via the Innovation component of the Mental Health Services Act of California (Proposition 63).