Threat Assessment, Psychotherapy, Higher Education Policy, Substance Use/Abuse
Dr. Pollard is a Board Certified Licensed Psychologist, co-founder of Mason's Threat Assessment Team, former Executive Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, Professor of Psychology, and threat management consultant. He is currently Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society where he teaches threat assessment and he serves as the Behavioral Science Advisor to Mason's Police Department. He has previously taught courses in advanced psychotherapy, addiction, general psychology, statistical analysis, the psychology of men, motivation, personality, and group psychotherapy. His publication topics include threat assessment, psychotherapy, campus violence, higher education policies, stigma in psychotherapy, and offender treatment among other topics.
Among publications on violence prevention, Dr. Pollard coedited Campus Violence: Kinds Causes and Cures published in 1993 and recently co-authored University Counseling Centers’ Role in Campus Threat Assessment and Management in The Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. His research on student alcohol use included a 15-year longitudinal study that furthered understanding of the impact of drinking on academic performance and interpersonal violence. Dr. Pollard's recent projects include the Virginia Tech Victims Family Outreach Foundation where he served as a member of the Advisory Council for the 32 National Campus Safety Initiative. He also served on the Advisory Board for the Consortium for the Advancement of Threat Assessment and Management in Higher Education. He was an invited subject matter expert at the Campus Threat Assessment Summit sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and assisted in developing the curriculum for national campus threat assessment training sponsored by COPS. He has testified before the United States congress in support of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as well as for increased federal resources dedicated to the mental health of returning veterans. He has advocated in Congress for H.R. 838, the Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) Act.
He has presented on violence prevention and threat management at the American Psychological Association, national and regional meetings of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, the National Reconnaissance Office, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the American College Health Association, the American Board of Professional Psychology, the American College Personnel Association, the Big 10 Threat Assessment Conference, the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Governor of Virginia's Domestic Violence Prevention & Response Advisory Board Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.
Dr. Pollard’s thirty years in higher education include teaching, serving in academic departments and directing counseling & health centers on secular and non-secular campuses with enrollments ranging from 2,100 to 34,000 students. He is past president of the American Board of Counseling Psychology and the American Academy of Counseling Psychology. His Ph.D. from the University of Virginia included a Clinical Psychology Residency at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine. In 2010, the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2012 recognized him as an Emeritus Counseling Center Director. He was AUCCCD’s 2016 recipient of the Excellence in Counseling Center Scholarship Award.
Pollard, J.W., Disabato, D.J., Polychronis, P.D., & Scalora, M.J., (2019). Counseling Center Clinicians Experience Providing Assessments of Risk to Self versus Risk to Others, The Journal of College Student Psychotherapy (JCSP), 33, no. 3.
Grayson, P. Pollard, J.W. (2018). Leighton Whitaker: An appreciation, JCSP, 32, no. 4.
Meloy, J.M., Pollard, J.W. (2017). Lone Actor Terrorism and Impulsivity, Journal of Forensic Sciences, 62, no. 2.
Perloe, A., Pollard, J.W. (2016). University Counseling Centers’ Role in Campus Threat Assessment and Management. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management, 3, no. 1.
Pollard, J.W., Flynn, C., & Eells, G. (2015). The Role of Threat Assessment and Management in College Counseling Centers: How’s that net working? JCSP, 29, no. 4.
Kendra, M., Mohr, J., & Pollard, J.W. (2014). The Stigma of Having Psychological Problems: Relations with Engagement, Working Alliance and Depression in Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy, 51, no. 4.
CRIM - 795/490: Threat Assessment - The Path to Violence
PhD - University of Virginia
Pollard, J.W., Prieto-Welch, S. & Ross, J. S., (2018) Counselor Safety: Risk, Self-Care and Ethics when Clients are Potentially Dangerous, 67th University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) meeting, New Orleans, LA.
Pollard, J.W., (2018) Emerging Trends in Targeted Violence and Threat Assessment, College and University Police and Investigators Conference (CUPIC), Fairfax, VA.
Pollard, J.W., (2018) United States Government Threat Assessment Model. Keynote National Security Psychology Symposium, National Reconnaissance Office, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Chantilly, VA.