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Behavioral Analysis, Critical Incidents and Homeland Security Research

Elective Number: 2805 (research)

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Gregory Saathoff

Prerequisite: At least a month in advance, submit a research proposal (see how to schedule research electives)

Duration: Maximum 8 weeks, Minimum 4 weeks

Available: all Rotations 

Report to: Dr. Saathoff

Time to Report: 8:30 am. Confirm with Dr. Saathoff by email gbs3a@virginia.edu at least two months prior to elective.

Place to Report: Dr. Saathoff's Office, Republic Plaza; 801 W Main St. Ste. 106

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation: 1

Course Description: This elective will involve active collaboration in developing and conducting clinical research regarding forensic or non-forensic issues. This will entail assisting in literature reviews and other investigation related to specific research questions. Students may work in research involving behavioral science needs of the Critical Incident Response Group of the FBI. In the past, students have significantly contributed to clinical research in this setting, achieving paper authorship and presentation at research symposia and national recognition through monographs and books authored by the U.S. Department of Justice. Students have also worked on issues related to bio-terrorism and mental health policy relating to Homeland Security legislation, as well as crisis negotiation and behavioral analysis. Clinical correlation with assessment of prisoners is also available.

Learning Objectives:

The student will be expected to

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the current literature of a specific area of psychiatry, and
  2. should be able to assist in research, which adds to the existing database.

Since any research must first be approved, it is suggested that the student contact Dr. Saathoff at least 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the rotation, in order to adequately frame a research issue for further study.  


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