Eric Shaw, Ph.D.

Stroz Friedberg is a specialized risk management firm built to help clients solve the complex challenges prevalent in today’s digital, connected, and regulated business world

Eric Shaw, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and former intelligence officer who has spent the last 20 years applying behavioral science methods to forensic and security challenges. As the Company’s profiling consultant, Dr. Shaw has supported Stroz Friedberg investigations and services for a broad array of clients. He has helped the firm discover and manage the identity of insiders and outsiders making anonymous threats. He has also helped the company conduct vulnerability analyses related to threats from insiders and terrorists. Dr. Shaw continues to collaborate with company staff on new computerized profiling applications designed to recognize and assess individuals at-risk for anti-social acts.

Dr. Shaw’s unique approach to profiling stems from a combination of these perspectives and roles: a clinician aiding law enforcement and corporate security, an intelligence officer supporting national security interests, an organizational consultant supporting manager development and organizational change, and a legal consultant providing negotiation and litigation assistance. Dr. Shaw has helped government and corporate clients determine the number and characteristics of persons making anonymous threats and narrow a field of suspects. He provides guidance on investigative, management and legal strategies while also offering traditional psychological screening, monitoring and debriefing services.

Notably, Dr. Shaw has researched and conducted case investigations related to insider activities for Department of Defense. In 2011, he served as an Expert Witness for the Department of Justice in “Stevens v. The United States,” a high-profile “anthrax case.” Given his expertise, he was commissioned to gauge an establishment’s duty and ability to identify an insider’s imposing threat based on psychological conditions, and accordingly, assess an institution’s obligation and preparedness to minimize the potential danger of an insider to him/herself, the organization, and the population at large.

Dr. Shaw is a Visiting Scientist at Carnegie Mellon’s CERT/Software Engineering Institute where he provides psychological input on insider risk and mitigation strategies. He collaborated with his colleagues at the Institute to publish, “A Preliminary Model of Insider Theft of Intellectual Property,” an article which appeared in the Journal of Wireless Mobile Networks, Ubiquitous Computing, and Dependable Applications. More recently, Dr. Shaw co-authored a white paper published by Symantec entitled, “Behavioral Risk Indicators of Malicious Insider Theft of Intellectual Property: Misreading the Writing on the Wall.” Over the years, he has been widely published in scientific and professional journals covering the topics of insider risk, psychology and management.

As an academic researcher Dr. Shaw has developed new approaches to the remote assessment of individuals and groups. He has particularly specialized in the use of content analysis techniques to produce profiles. These methods draw heavily on individual and group communications, including speeches, interviews, email and other online communications. He has received patents covering an automated system for assessment of individuals and their relationships from online communications.

Dr. Shaw is also a Professorial Lecturer in Political Psychology at the Elliot School of International Studies of George Washington University and maintains a private clinical practice in Washington, D.C. He is certified in critical incident stress debriefing and served with the FBI’s Evidence Recovery Teams at the Pentagon after the September 11th attacks. He received his B.A. from Colgate University and his Masters and Ph.D. in Psychology from Duke University. He performed a fellowship in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Payne Whitney Clinic of New York Hospital–Cornell University Medical Center and subsequently served on the faculty. He is a founding member, Board member and instructor at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in Washington, D.C.—a training center for psychotherapists.

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