Dr. Mario Scalora director of an active research unit that specializes in studying sexual assault, workplace violence, threats to political figures, juvenile delinquency, and clinician risk assessment decision making. Several of his most recent publications are concerned with sex offender recidivism (Scalora & Garbin, 2003), predicting threatening behavior toward government officials (Scalora, Baumgartner, & Plank, 2003), and workplace violence (Scalora, Washingtion, & Casady, 2003). Concerning sexual offending, he and his colleagues are investigating a range of personality and other risk factors related to sexual recidivism. He also performs treatment outcome research related to the response and subsequent recidivism of juvenile and adult sexual offenders to cognitive-behavioral treatment. Dr. Scalora also collaborates with local, state, and federal law enforcement on threat assessment research assessing predictive risk factors concerning threatening and violent activity toward public officials and institutions. On a related note concerning targeted violence, his research team is also investigating various risk-related issues (e.g., the nature of mental illness, predictive value of precious threatening behavior) concerning multiple samples of workplace violence. Dr. Scalora also maintains an active research interest in juvenile delinquency, currently investigating the impact of treatment programs upon juvenile recidivism as well as the predictors of such treatment response. Dr. Scalora currently supervises graduate students performing clinical service and research within the state's Forensic Mental Health Service. His graduate teaching activity currently includes courses on forensic assessment, personality assessment, and the supervision of clinical practica.
REU students working with Dr. Scalora will have the opportunity to work in a forensic mental health setting, collecting data and learning about actuarial and clinical assessment of risk, sexual recidivism, and violence. Students interested in juvenile competency to stand trial will have the opportunity to become familiar with assessment instruments and the implications of juvenile competence and juvenile violence within the legal arena. Dr. Scalora will serve as an important mentor for REU students interested in applying to clinical psychology programs, particularly those with an emphasis in forensic psychology.