Critical Incident Analysis Group - CIAG

The Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG) is an interdisciplinary and inter-professional group of scholars and practitioners, who work to understand the impact of “critical incidents” on people, communities, and social structures. CIAG brings together physicians, social scientists,  law enforcement specialists, and a host of others who are concerned about the profound impact of critical incidents. By analyzing cases that could threaten our security, we may effectively anticipate, prevent, and manage these issues.

 

Meet the Executive Director

Dr. Gregory Saathoff is a psychiatrist who is a professor in Public Health Sciences and Emergency Medicine at UVA. He also serves as executive director of the University of Virginia’s Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG), and since 1996 has served as the FBI’s Conflict Resolution Specialist. He is the chief psychiatric consultant for the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Units and Crisis Negotiation Unit.

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Collaborative Relationships

The Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG) has collaborated with the American National Red Cross, as well as the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. CIAG also has worked with a variety of UVA departments and other universities.

National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Award: Social Media As a Platform for Crafting Gender-Specific Interventions for the Domestic Radicalization of Women

Co-Principal Investigator Gregory Saathoff and CIAG program assistant Maihan Far Alam are collaborating with Principal Investigator Janet Warren of UVa's Institute for Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy and Donald Brown…

International Meeting in Charleston, SC

The Research Strategies Network (RSN) provided financial support for an August 2017 international meeting in Charleston, SC. Composed of behavioral scientists and government leaders dedicated to providing best practices for…

International Symposium on National Security and Extremist Violence

International Symposium on National Security and Extremist Violence was co-sponsored with the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group, UVa’s Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG), and Research Strategies Network with financial support…

CIAG Executive Director Gregory Saathoff M.D. was invited to the University of Oxford

CIAG Executive Director Gregory Saathoff M.D. was invited to the University of Oxford's Harris Manchester College to participate in a conference entitled “Going to Extremes” sponsored by the Centre for…

The Power of Prevention Conference

The Power of Prevention: Threat Management Strategies to Disrupt Targeted Shooters cosponsored with the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group and Research Strategies Network. The two-day conference, entitled “ The Power…

New Staff Members

The Critical Incident Analysis Group is happy to announce it has hired four new federal work study students from the University of Virginia as staff members: Raymond Casey Burke, Cameron…

Collective memories: A local nonprofit records area soldiers’ stories of World War II

The interviews from the Nickle for Your Story project were given to Senator Mark Warner. Read more about the Collective Memories Project in the C'Ville Weekly story.

Hollywood meets Grounds

How CIAG was involved in the "Captain Phillips" Saga. John J. Flood spent more than two decades with the FBI in jobs that landed him in the middle of headline-grabbing…

Symposium on Psychology and National Security at the Italian Embassy

CIAG Anthrax Panel Members present on Psychological Perspectives of National Security -- Hosted by the Embassy of Italy. The well-attended symposium drew upon the growing interest in exploring and utilizing all…

Psychiatrist Details Talks With Suspect in Bomb Plot

New York Times article describes report of Dr.  Saathoff  on his forensic assessment of M. Arbabsiar, accused of conspiracy to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. Read full article…

Panel to Discuss Critical Incidents at U.Va. Rotunda

March 23, 2012 - A special panel discussion focused on critical incidents will convene Sunday March 25 at 1 p.m in the Dome Room of the University of Virginia’s Rotunda.…

Panel reviews 2001 attacks

The Law School hosted a panel yesterday discussing the 2001 U.S. anthrax attacks which killed five and injured 17 others. The panel focused its discussion on a report reviewing sealed…