Dr. Cawood is President of Factor One which is a California based corporation specializing in threat assessment and management, violence risk assessment, behavioral analysis, security consulting, and investigations. Dr. Cawood has worked in the field for more than 30 years. He has successfully assessed and managed over 5000 violence related cases for federal and state government agencies, universities and colleges, public and private corporations, and other business entities throughout North America and the world.
Dr. Cawood is currently serving on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management (American Psychological Association), as the Vice-Chairman of the Certification Committee which is responsible for the ATAP Certified Threat Manager (CTM) program, and he is also serving on the Professional Certification Board (PCB) of ASIS International. He is the former Association President of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP).
Dr. Cawood is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, holds a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Northcentral University. He has served on the faculties of Golden Gate University, in their Security Management degree program and the University of California, Santa Cruz extension, teaching Threat Management.
He co-authored the book, Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioner's Handbook, CRC Press. His most recent book, Threat and Violence Interventions: The Effective Application of Influence released by Academic Press in November of 2020.