Threat Assessment & Management

TTP #104: Dr. Stephanie Leite – Threat Assessment & Management

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“I have every printout of your Instagram posts from the school resource officer.”

Dr. Leite, from our interview

Threat assessment & management is something that few of us specialize in, yet it is incredibly important these days in the context of school violence. Dr. Stephanie Leite is here to talk about her practice and specialty in threat assessment and management, primarily with adolescents. Here are just a few things we touch on:

  • What is threat assessment & management? 
  • The difference between targeted and reactive violence
  • Typical measures in a threat assessment
  • Risk factors for school violence

Cool Things Mentioned

  • Stephanie provided an awesome handout with tons of resources from the show. You can download it here.
  • Stephanie also provided an article on the seven myths of mass murder
  • Stephanie’s website

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About Dr. Stephanie Leite

Dr. Leite received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford, having previously achieved a Masters from Boston University and a B.A. from Carleton College. She currently practices in the state of Connecticut as a forensic psychologist and in the arena of threat assessment and management. 

Dr. Leite’s practice has been devoted to forensic evaluations since 2003. In that time she has evaluated hundreds of people in risk, competency, custody, criminal and threat assessment cases. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Connecticut, a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Association of Threat Management Professionals, where she serves as the vice president of the New England chapter. She is a founding member and recent past president of the Connecticut Psychological Association’s Forensic Division and was awarded the 2014 President’s award from the CPA.

Dr. Leite held pre-doctoral training positions at Long Lane School and the NW Center for Families and Children, completed her internship at The Village for Families and Children and her postdoctoral studies at the Institute of Living.

As an educator, Dr. Leite has been an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford’s doctoral program in psychology since 2015 where she has taught integrated psychological assessment, forensic psychology, and introduction to neuropsychology. She has taught ethics at the American International College as well as seminars for lawyers and Guardian Ad Leitems (GALs) through CT’s GAL Academy. She has led seminars at the Connecticut Psychological Association’s annual conference (2012, 2014, 2107) and the FBI’s TarGet and InfraGard programs (2014, 2015). She has spoken numerous times to the Connecticut Psychological Association’s Forensic Division as part of the State of the Science training series and to the New England and D.C. chapters of ATAP as well as at the joint Threat Assessment Training in 2018.

About Dr. Jeremy Sharp

I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and grew to include 12 licensed clinicians, three clinicians in training, and a full administrative staff. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.

As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.

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Comments 1

  1. Hi! The link for the resources does not work. Would you check it, please? I love your podcast and this episode was fantastic!

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