Dr. Russell Palarea is the Founder and President of Operational Psychology Services, LLC. Through his company, Dr. Palarea provides investigative consultation, operational training, and program development on threat assessment, counterterrorism, and insider threat to Fortune 500 companies, Federal/State/Local law enforcement, Government agencies, global security firms, and college/university threat assessment teams.
From 2001 to 2011, Dr. Palarea served as a Staff Operational Psychologist with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), where he consulted to the NCIS Threat Management Unit, Counterterrorism Department, and Insider Threat Program. He provided psychological consultation on a wide variety of investigations, including homicides, suicides, cold cases, stalking, workplace violence, domestic violence, school violence, sexual assaults, arsons, sabotage, insider threat, and counterterrorism. Additionally, Dr. Palarea conducted case consultations and training for the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces. Dr. Palarea has also consulted for several Department of Defense groups, including the Fort Hood Task Force (addressing targeted violence prevention) and the Psychological Autopsy Working Group.
Dr. Palarea is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of threat assessment, insider threat, and counterterrorism. He has provided training to numerous U.S. law enforcement and national security agencies, including DS, NCIS, FBI, CIA, NSA, NRO, DIA, AFOSI, US Marshals, Federal Air Marshals, and Customs & Border Protection. Additionally, he has served as an instructor for multiple U.S. Government agency training academies, including the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), CIA University, National Center for Credibility Assessment, and several Department of Defense Training Academies. His international experience includes training law enforcement and security agencies and presenting at law enforcement conferences in South America, Canada, the Middle East, the Asia Pacific region, and throughout Europe.
Dr. Palarea has conducted research on stalking, workplace violence, and assessment of communicated threats with the Los Angeles Police Department Threat Management Unit, US Capitol Police Threat Assessment Unit, Nebraska State Patrol, and Lincoln Police Department. His doctoral dissertation assessed the perpetration of stalking behaviors as a risk factor for future violence in domestic violence cases. His journal publications have appeared in Behavioral Sciences & the Law, Violence & Victims, Journal of Forensic Sciences, and Journal of Threat Assessment. Additionally, he has co-authored book chapters on psychiatric diagnoses and the offender-victim typology of stalking in Meloy’s The Psychology of Stalking, crisis negotiations in Kennedy & Zillmer’s Military Psychology, and ethics in crisis negotiations in Kennedy & Williams’ The Ethics of Operational Psychology.
Dr. Palarea holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from UCLA and a Masters and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Forensics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His professional memberships include the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP), American Psychological Association (APA), and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). He currently serves on the ATAP Board of Directors as the association’s 2nd Vice President and Chairs the International Relations and Professional Communities Committees. In 2012, he was awarded ATAP’s Meritorious Service Award.