Gregory Saathoff


Gregory Saathoff, MD, is a psychiatrist who is Professor of Research in the Departments of Public Health Sciences and Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and is a consultant to the UVa’s Office of Student Affairs in his role as a student health physician.  He also serves as Executive Director of the University of Virginia's Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG) and since 1996 has served continuously as the FBI's Conflict Resolution Specialist and Psychiatric Consultant in Behavioral Science. 

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame and completing medical training at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, Dr. Saathoff completed residency training in psychiatry at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. From 1985 to 1994, Dr. Saathoff served as a Major in the United States Army Reserves Psychiatry Medical Corps. He was called from Reserve Duty during Operation Desert Storm and deployed as a medical corps psychiatrist, earning the Army Commendation Medal in 1991. As a member of the University of Virginia’s Kuwait Project, he studied societal trauma in Kuwait subsequent to the Iraqi occupation and has served on the faculty of the Saudi-U.S. Universities Project located at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Saathoff’s work has also taken him to projects in the former Soviet Union, Western Europe and Australia.

He has written “The Crisis Guide to Psychotropic Drugs and Poisons” for the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Unit.  Dr. Saathoff is also an author of “Criminal Poisoning: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives,” published in 2011 and a co-editor of“Application of Big Data for National Security,:A Practitioner’s Guide to Emerging Technologies,”published in 2015.

In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Saathoff has testified before the US House of Representatives, the US Senate and the US Commission on Civil Rights. In 2009 he was authorized by Federal Chief Judge Royce Lamberth to chair the Expert Behavioral Analysis Panel responsible for reviewing the criminal case file and psychiatric records of Bruce Edwards Ivins, PhD.  The US Department of Justice determined this scientist to be solely responsible for the mailed anthrax attacks in the fall of 2001.

He and his wife have three grown children and three grandchildren.