WTS Consulting Staff
First time requests for consultation services should be directed to:
Dr. Stephen White or the professional on call
WTS professionals bring strong credentials and many years of experience to their violence risk assessment services. We apply this clinical specialty in workplace, campus, and other contexts where dynamic risk management and multi-disciplinary collaboration are essential. Our consultants pursue additional professional interests in diverse settings, allowing us to benefit from each other’s varying perspectives. Our related specialties include forensic and court-related evaluations and expert testimony, police psychology, sexual harassment and sexual deviance, threats to public figures, correctional psychology and community management of violent offenders, organizational crisis intervention and trauma reduction, and research in stalking, psychopathy, mass murder, and risk assessment. In addition we can refer clients to expert security and legal resources with whom we have closely worked.
Stephen G. White, Ph.D.
Jolee J. Brunton, Ph.D.
Sandy Ryan, B.A.
Brennan Taylor, B.A.
Stephen G. White, Ph.D., is a psychologist and the President of Work Trauma Services Inc., a consulting group he founded in 1982 to assist employers with serious workplace crises. His extensive work in organizational trauma reduction led to his specializing, since 1989, in the assessment and management of workplace violence risk. Dr. White has consulted throughout the United States on over 4,000 threat cases for numerous Fortune 500 companies, private and public organizations, law firms and their clients, colleges and universities, and law enforcement and governmental agencies. He has designed and provided detailed employer and campus threat management team training for responding to a wide range of potential risk scenarios. Dr. White has testified before the California State Legislature on behalf of workplace violence prevention legislation, and has authored or co-authored peer-reviewed publications in the areas of stalking, workplace mass murder, violence risk assessment, and workplace trauma management. Dr. White, in collaboration with Dr. Reid Meloy, developed and published in 2007 The WAVR-21, the first scientifically based structured professional guide for assessing workplace violence risk. He will contribute a chapter in The International Handbook of Threat Assessment, to be published in 2013 by Oxford University Press. Dr. White was among invited experts of both the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime and the American Society of Industrial Security to participate in their development of online and published guidelines for the prevention of workplace violence. He served as an expert panel member of the 2012 US Army-sponsored Workplace Violence in the Military Program, providing peer reviews of scientific proposals to study predictors of targeted violence across Department of Defense service areas. In recent years his consultation and training has expanded internationally to meet the growing global needs of corporations, universities, and law enforcement agencies. Dr. White is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, where he has co-facilitated professional development groups for medical students. He is a frequent guest lecturer at local, regional, and national forums for human resource, security, and mental health professionals, campus administrators, law enforcement agencies, and employment law attorneys.
Jolee J. Brunton, Ph.D., has been a major contributor to WTS since 1991 in her role as Vice President of Threat Management Services. Most prominently she conducts threat assessment services and training, and consults on the management of mental disorders in workplace contexts. In addition she is the chief psychologist for Focus Psychological Services which she founded in 1984 to provide clinical and consultation services to public safety agencies in the San Diego area. Dr. Brunton is the chief psychologist for the San Diego Police Department, providing consultation on issues such as the use of deadly force, intervention with mentally disordered violent offenders, organizational consultation, conflict management, and clinical services to police personnel. She is certified in hostage negotiation through the Administration of Justice, California State University, San Jose. Dr. Brunton has been an invited participant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s symposia on police psychology and provides training for Hostage Negotiation in conjunction with the FBI’s San Diego office. In addition, Dr. Brunton has over 20 years experience in the assessment, management, and treatment of acute psychiatric patients including those at risk for violence. Throughout her career she has continued an extensive record of workplace crisis and trauma intervention and alternate dispute resolution.
J. Reid Meloy, Ph.D., ABPP, is a diplomate in forensic psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, and consults on criminal and civil cases throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at UC San Diego, School of Medicine, and a faculty member of the San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is past president of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He has received a number of awards from various professional organizations and is chairman of Forensis, Inc., and Forensis Europa, Inc., two nonprofit, public benefit corporations devoted to forensic psychiatric and psychological research (www.forensis.org). Dr. Meloy has authored or co-authored over two hundred papers published in peer-reviewed psychiatric and psychological journals, and has authored, co-authored or edited ten books. His first book, The Psychopathic Mind (Aronson, 1988), was an integration of the biological and psychodynamic understanding of psychopathy. His most recent edited book, Stalking, Threatening and Attacking Public Figures (Oxford University Press, 2008), led to a commissioned study for the National Academy of Sciences on threats toward public figures published in March, 2011 (www.nap.edu). Dr. Stephen White of WTS and Dr. Meloy co-developed the WAVR-21 (Specialized Training Services, 2007), the first scientifically based structured professional judgment instrument for workplace targeted violence assessment. His forthcoming edited book with Dr. Jens Hoffman, The International Handbook of Threat Assessment, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2013. Dr. Meloy is also a consultant to the counterintelligence division of the FBI and intermittently teaches at the Behavioral Analysis Units in Quantico. He is a member of the Fixated Research Group for the United Kingdom’s Home Office concerning threats to the Royal Family and British political figures, and also teaches for the Netherlands National Police. He has been a technical consultant to the television program CSI since its inception in 2001. Dr. Meloy consults for WTS on various assessment cases and collaborates with Dr. White to provide advanced, WAVR-21 based training for corporate and campus threat assessment teams.
JoAnn Lippert, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in forensic evaluations and consultations in criminal and civil actions involving violence, threats of violence and allegations of harassment and hostile work environments. Dr. Lippert has been in clinical practice since 1978 and has been a consultant to municipal, county, and federal law enforcement agencies and schools in Nevada, California, and other states since 1985. She has also been a frequent consultant and faculty member in U.S. Department of Justice training and research programs. In the past Dr. Lippert served as a consultant on the Department’s Criminal Crisis Response Initiative, a project providing training to multi-disciplinary community response teams on responding to mass criminal victimization and terrorism. In 1999 she completed a five-year research and development grant for the Department of Justice on child abduction and family trauma response. Dr. Lippert has served on the Nevada Attorney General’s Task Force on Sex Crimes, and the California Task Force on Abduction. She was previously an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and maintains a private practice in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada. Since 1989 she has assisted a number of major corporations and state agencies across the United States in assessing and responding to workplace threats of violence and harassment, including for WTS. Dr. Lippert has provided assessment and consultation services to WTS clients since 1995.
Paul M. Isenstadt, L.C.S.W., maintains an active private practice in forensic evaluations of adults and adolescents with an emphasis on sexual and violent offenders. In addition he has conducted evaluations and consultations on workplace threats of violence for over 15 years under the auspices of WTS. Mr. Isenstadt has also specialized in correctional mental health evaluation, treatment and program administration since 1965. After over 25 years as the Director of Programming and Residential Services at Comcor, Inc., a Community Corrections Program in Colorado Springs, Mr. Isenstadt now pursues his private forensic practice full time and consults on behalf of WTS. He is a published author and his specialty has allowed him to be an expert witness at the local, state and national levels. Mr. Isenstadt is the former Deputy Director of the Pikes Peak Mental Health Center, overseeing a staff in excess of 200 clinicians and employees. As a Senior Duty Officer in the United States Army, he administered a mental health clinic in the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for four years. He served as Senior Research Administrator at the National Assessment Study for Juvenile Corrections and was the Chief Social Worker at the Michigan Department of Mental Health Center for Forensic Psychiatry, a program for mentally ill offenders. He is active in several local organizations focusing on child safety. In addition to providing risk assessments for our WTS clients, Mr. Isenstadt serves as a consultant and trainer on sex offender issues involving the workplace.
Kristine Kienlen, Psy.D., is the President of Minnesota Threat Assessment & Forensic Professionals, Inc., a private practice providing threat management consultation services and forensic psychological evaluations. Dr. Kienlen has over 16 years of experience conducting forensic psychological evaluations and serving as an expert witness for a range of criminal and civil litigation matters. Her work in both the public and private sectors has involved comprehensive forensic psychological assessments of thousands of individuals for Minnesota District Courts, attorneys, employers, and others. Dr. Kienlen has extensive experience and expertise conducting psychological evaluations and risk assessments of individuals who have engaged in threats, harassment and stalking, sexual offenses, and other serious violence. She has conducted and published research on stalking in peer-reviewed journals, and is a frequent presenter to professional groups on stalking, forensic evaluation, and threat assessment. Her evaluations address a range of issues including violence risk, competence to stand trial, criminal responsibility (insanity defense), pre-sentencing issues, civil commitment, and emotional distress in personal injury or employment litigation. As a consultant to college campuses and employers, Dr. Kienlen provides case assessments, training for multidisciplinary threat assessment teams, and assistance with policy development, awareness building, and protocols for violence prevention. Dr. Kienlen is a trained professional user of the WAVR-21 and collaborates with WTS on regional risk assessments and training programs.
Mark Brenzinger, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist and president of Midwest Behavioral Risk Management, located near Chicago. His independent practice concentrates on assessing and managing risk of violence and sexual deviance. Dr. Brenzinger has conducted hundreds of direct (in-person) violence risk and indirect threat assessments with male and female subjects and consulted on over 1000 threat cases. He also conducts fitness for duty evaluations for employers, specializing in cases involving intimidating and aggressive behaviors. Dr. Brenzinger provides screening, analysis, assessment, and case management for all forms of inappropriate and threatening correspondence received from either identified or anonymous persons or groups. He has conducted over 400 psychosexual / sex offender risk assessments and regularly provides expert court testimony. His clients include Fortune 500 and mid-sized corporations, private security and investigation agencies, public figures, state and federal courts, correctional facilities, and community mental health agencies. Dr. Brenzinger regularly assists corporations and their threat management teams in identifying, assessing, managing, and monitoring potential and actual threats to the organization, its personnel and their families. Additionally, he delivers advanced training to threat management and executive protection teams to mitigate the risk to their clients. He is an active member and regular guest speaker at the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and ASIS International. Dr. Brenzinger provides WTS clients with violence risk assessments, case consultation and training services, including with the WAVR-21.
Stephen M. Raffle, M.D., is the principal of Stephen M. Raffle, M. D. & Associates. He is a diplomate in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with 40 years’ experience in the assessment, treatment, and disposition of violent and potentially violent individuals. Throughout his career Dr. Raffle has provided employee risk of violence and fitness for duty consulting services to many state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Postal Service and public utilities, as well as Fortune 500 companies and unionized industries, among others. In addition, Dr. Raffle consults with employers on cases of alleged sexual harassment, discrimination, ADA eligibility, disability, and wrongful termination. He has presented testimony in well over 700 cases of litigation and qualified as an expert witness in civil and criminal litigation in numerous jurisdictions nationwide regarding such cases. Since 1972 Dr. Raffle has consulted to the United States Attorney General and State of California Attorney General’s Office on issues of violence risk of convicted felons and conducted over 200 evaluations for insanity or diminished mental capacity of defendants accused of murder. He is a Qualified Medical Examiner for the State of California Division of Worker’s Compensation, having performed numerous evaluations of psychiatric disability working with insurance companies and applicant’s attorneys. For 21 years Dr. Raffle was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, and for 11 years a faculty member at the Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy, Hastings College of Law. Dr. Raffle has collaborated with WTS since 1993 on violence risk assessments and clinical and psychiatric case consultation to employer clients.
Ronald S. Ebert, Ph.D., ABPP, is a principal of Psychological Services, Inc., a forensic psychological practice in Massachusetts. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in forensic psychology and a designated forensic psychologist trainer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Dr. Ebert is the senior forensic psychologist at McLean Hospital, the teaching psychiatric facility for Harvard University, and is on the faculty of the Psychiatry Department of the Harvard Medical School. He is the co-author of the second edition of Violence Prediction, published by Charles C. Thomas. Dr. Ebert has extensive experience in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of violent individuals. Since 1986 he has conducted independent evaluations for courts, prosecutors and defense attorneys on hundreds of men, women and children accused of violent crimes ranging from murder to sexual assault. He has testified in state and federal courts throughout the East Coast as an expert witness in both civil and criminal matters concerning dangerousness, competence to stand trial and criminal responsibility. He has also testified before the United States Congress concerning the USS Iowa disaster. Dr. Ebert was Assistant Medical Director of the Bridgewater State Hospital, Massachusetts’ maximum security facility for the criminally insane. In that capacity he evaluated, treated and testified on hundreds of violence cases. Dr. Ebert conducts fitness for duty evaluations, risk assessments, and training for private organizations. He has consulted to industry through the Levinson Institute concerning issues of executive selection, sexual bias and management development. He has appeared on local and national media to discuss many aspects on the topic of violence. Dr. Ebert provides WTS clients with threat assessments, threat management training, and case consultation.
Sharon S. Smith, Ph.D., is a retired FBI agent who holds a PhD in psychology from Georgetown University. She is the President of Forensic Psycholinguistics. Her areas of specialization include threat assessment, detection of deception, school and workplace violence, and criminal and corporate psychopathy. She has consulted throughout the United States to intelligence and security-related governmental agencies, law enforcement agencies, and attorneys and security directors for high profile/high net-worth individuals and corporations. Dr. Smith’s 25-year FBI career included nine years at the FBI’s elite Behavioral Science Unit where she taught and assisted law enforcement agencies throughout the world in analyzing sexual homicides, serial rapes, threats, workplace violence, arsons, detection of deception, and psychopathy. At the FBI Academy, Dr. Smith designed and conducted interviewing courses for nearly a thousand FBI special agent trainees. She worked on a range of crimes in three field offices including as an undercover agent on multiple cases. She also served at FBI Headquarters, in both its Congressional Affairs Office and its National Press Office. After retiring from the FBI, Dr. Smith served as a Senior Expert and Instructor for a Boston-based company, where she worked with many of New York’s largest investment clients in the instruction and application of deception detection, threat assessment, and psychopathy. She is extensively published, including articles in the FBI’s Law Enforcement Bulletin (July, 2012), book chapters in Stalking, Threatening and Attacking Public Figures (Oxford University Press, 2008), and has a forthcoming chapter in The International Handbook of Threat Assessment, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2013. Dr. Smith has been accepted as an expert on threat assessment by Canadian courts. Additionally, her research lead to the development of Threat Triage, a web-based threat risk assessment software. Dr. Smith is a recent addition to the WTS network of associates, providing threat assessment and case consultation
services to WTS clients.
Kostas Katsavdakis, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in New York with 16 years of experience in forensic and clinical assessment. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at The Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, where he served as the primary interviewer in week-long intensive diagnostic evaluations of adults, including impaired corporate and mental health professionals faced with workplace related problems. Since returning to New York in 2002, Dr. Katsavdakis served as the Assistant Director of Psychology at a maximum security forensic psychiatric hospital and currently devotes his time to a private criminal forensic and clinical practice, teaching and writing. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he teaches courses in Criminal Forensic Assessment, the Analysis of Criminal Behavior, and the assessment of psychopathy. He has published in numerous areas, including the evaluation of impaired professionals, threat assessment, and mass murder. Dr. Katsavdakis is sought out by attorneys and the Court to evaluate defendants charged with violent sexual and non-sexual crimes, and consults with private parties for threat assessment and risk management evaluations. Dr. Katsavdakis has qualified as an expert in trial court proceedings and testified on at least 30 occasions. He has presented to various law organizations and mental health professionals on conducting violent risk and threat assessment of adults and youth. Dr. Katsavdakis is a recent addition to the WTS network of associates, providing workplace and campus violence risk assessment consultations.
Marvin W. Acklin, Ph.D., ABPP, ABAP, is a board-certified assessment, clinical, and forensic psychologist in full-time independent practice in Honolulu. Licensed in Hawaii since 1989, Dr. Acklin is Co-Director of Pacific Forensic Associates, Inc., where he provides risk assessments for public and private agencies in Hawaii. His areas of expertise include psychosexual evaluations, assessments of violence risk and recidivism, and workplace threat assessments. He holds Board Certifications in Clinical and Forensic Psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology) and Assessment Psychology (American Board of Assessment Psychology). Dr. Acklin is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the John Burns School of Medicine, Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment, and American Psychology Association Divisions 12 (Clinical Psychology) and 42 (Independent practice). Dr. Acklin completed a postdoctoral program in clinical psychopharmacology and has extensive experience as a consultant in inpatient psychiatry. He has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal for Personality Assessment since 1985, and presented symposia and workshops in clinical, assessment, and forensic psychology at the national level. He is the author or coauthor of over 30 peer-reviewed articles or book chapters, and maintains an active research program in clinical, assessment, and forensic psychology. Dr. Acklin has been a forensic examiner for the Hawaii judiciary for 16 years and has performed hundreds of child custody evaluations and mental examinations of criminal defendants, addressing issues of competency to stand trial, mental state at the time of the offense, and recidivistic violence. Dr. Acklin has conducted or supervised over 3,500 psychological evaluations, and has been qualified as an expert witness in state, federal, military, and immigration courts in Hawaii. Dr. Acklin is a trained professional user of the WAVR-21 and provides risk assessments and case consultations on behalf of WTS.
Gregory DeClue, Ph.D., ABPP, is a diplomate in forensic psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, and consults on criminal and civil cases throughout the U.S. He is in independent practice in forensic psychology and police psychology, based in Sarasota, Florida. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and is past president of the Consortium of Police Psychologists. Dr. DeClue has authored or co-authored over forty articles published in peer-reviewed psychological journals. He recently co-authored “Interrogations 2013: Safeguarding Against False Confessions,” published in the October 2012 issue of The Police Chief, a publication of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is the author of Interrogations and Disputed Confessions: A Manual for Forensic Psychological Practice. Dr. DeClue contributed a chapter in the book, Police Interrogations and False Confessions: Current Research, Practice, and Policy Recommendations. That book was awarded the 2009-2010 Book Award from the American Psychology-Law Society, and the 2010 Prose Award from American Publishers. He worked with the Sara-Mana Crisis Management Team and provided consultation following Hurricane Andrew. Dr. DeClue has conducted over 1,600 criminal forensic psychological evaluations, over 350 evaluations of alleged sexually violent predators, and over 1,500 evaluations of current or prospective police officers. He has consulted with the City of Sarasota and EAP Sarasota regarding workplace violence. Dr. DeClue provides violence risk assessments for WTS clients.
Sandy Ryan, B.A., is the Business Manager of WTS Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has completed a Multimedia Studies program at the California State University at San Francisco Extension. Ms. Ryan has extensive training in computer applications and programming environments. With twenty years experience in business support positions, she has worked to develop accounting systems, cloud storage solutions, and computer networks for multiple Bay Area start-up companies. She has been a member of WTS since 1997 where she manages business functions, supports WTS consultants and clients, and oversees our electronic assessment program services (eWAVR).
Brennan Taylor, B.A., is the Business Coordinator at WTS. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in History with honors at Carleton College in 2007. Ms. Taylor has a background in non-profit fundraising and administration. She is also a certified yoga instructor and a birth doula. Since 2010 she has provided business administration, research, IT and communications support as a member of the WTS team.