Terri Patterson


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Washington +1 202 449 3330 Email

Terri Patterson is a Principal in Control Risks’ Crisis and Security Consulting practice, based in the Washington, DC office. She focuses on the impact of mental health issues in the corporate environment, specializing in threat assessment and case management. A psychologist and recently retired career Executive and Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Terri has over two decades of experience leading law enforcement operations, strategic programs and critical incident preparedness.  She is a recognized expert in behavioral assessment and risk mitigation, with a specialization in global security solutions to combat criminal and national security threat actors.

Serving in a variety of influential roles during her FBI tenure, Terri has designed and delivered training globally to investigators, intelligence professionals, mental health experts and executives in the identification and mitigation of criminal, national security and insider threats.

Recent tasks that Terri has worked on include:

  • Her most recent assignment, executive special advisor to the Director of the FBI, provided unique insight to the FBI from both the business administrative and operational perspectives as she provided counsel on a wide range of policy issues. 
  • Terri led all operational aspects of the criminal enterprise and violent threat programs in the National Capital Region, one of the FBI’s largest and most complex operational environments. 
  • As Chief of the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, Terri directed numerous research projects examining personality disorders, violent extremism, threat assessment and risk management. 
  • Terri spearheaded an international working group comprised of threat assessment experts and drove the resulting risk-based assessment strategy to the FBI’s most critical field operations globally. 
  • Terri holds a Ph.D. in Legal Psychology from Florida International University in Miami, Florida and Master of Arts degrees in Clinical and Cognitive Psychology.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) and American Psychology and Law Society (APLS). She was recently invited to participate as a subject matter expert to the Attorney General’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice in the area of mental health and resiliency.

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