Matthew W. Doherty

Senior Vice President, Practice Lead, Threat + Violence Risk Management

Matthew Doherty is widely recognized across the U.S. as among the most experienced experts in assessing an individual’s potential for danger and preventing targeted violence. As a Hillard Heintze practice leader and the retired U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge of the National Threat Assessment Center, Matthew is a thought leader in targeted violence, workplace violence prevention and active shooter planning – among other critical facets of security risk management, emergency preparedness and law enforcement.

For over 30 years, Matthew has developed plans to monitor an individual and to intervene, as appropriate, to prevent an attack by coordinating intervention strategies with social systems such as family, work, community, criminal justice, mental health and social services. Matthew advises federal agencies and private sectors by gathering and assessing information about individuals or groups who may have the interest, motive, intention and capability of violence. Matthew has been credited with saving lives by intervening on domestic abuse, terminations, severe mental illness and other critical situations in today’s workforce. He has managed training on threat assessment and targeted violence prevention for federal, state and local law enforcement personnel as well as schools and Fortune 500 companies.

For his work as the Special Agent in Charge, Matt received a U.S. Department of Homeland Security award for creating the first information-sharing database (TAVISS) for the prevention of violence against protected officials. He routinely briefed U.S. corporations, security organizations, and government agency heads on threat assessment methodologies.

Matthew has received numerous awards and commendations including the 2018 U.S. OSPA Award for Outstanding Security Training Initiative; Treasury and Homeland Security Departments for Exceptional Service; U.S. Marshal Service Directors Award and the U.S. Capitol Police Chiefs Award for assisting in developing their threat assessment programs; the Department of Defense’s Counter Intelligence Field Activity Directors Award for developing joint partnership terrorism training and research with the Secret Service; a commendation from U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley for Exceptional Service in regards to Senate Judiciary investigations; and a commendation for the Oklahoma City Bombing Investigation.

Featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and news media for major articles on insider threats, assassinations and school shootings, Matthew is consistently one of the most sought-after speakers at ASIS International, a global community of security practitioners. The organization recently named Workplace Violence: Issues in Threat Management, for which Matthew contributed his insight on threat assessments, one if its finalists for the 2019 Book of the Year.

He is a law enforcement advisor and trustee award winner with the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, a Senior Fellow at the GW Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, and an Executive Advisory Board member for the U.S. Marshal Service Judicial Security Center. He is a member of ASIS International, the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP), and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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