Between 1994 and 1998, Kathleen was the primary behavioral expert during the UNABOM investigation. She assisted FBI Inspector Terry Turchie in the investigation of Eric Rudolph in North Carolina in 1998, and received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service the same year.


In 2000 she completed a research internship that led to the production of a dissertation concerning the prediction of violence and the conferring of a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.  In 2001 Dr. Puckett conducted a multi-jurisdictional risk assessment study concerning lone domestic terrorists including Theodore Kaczynski, Timothy McVeigh and Eric Rudolph for the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI.

From 2001 to 2007 she was the Deputy Director for Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism for the University of California at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and from 2010 - 2012 was an associate professor of forensic psychology at the California School of Forensic Studies at Alliant International University. She has co-authored two books with Terry Turchie (see BOOKS I and II), where her primary contributions have been behavioral analysis of human behavior in the areas of terrorism and national security.

Dr. Puckett is currently a law enforcement consultant to the Program of Psychiatry and the Law at the University of California at San Francisco and a member of the International Academy of Investigative Psychology (UK).  As a partner in TK Associates, LLC, she provides behavioral threat assessment consultation to international corporations and governmental security agencies. She is a frequent presenter at law enforcement and mental health community forums on the psychology of terrorism, as well as her own unique findings on what makes America’s most complicated adversaries tick.

Kathleen M. Puckett, Ph.D.

Dr. Kathleen M. Puckett spent 23 years as an FBI Special Agent, where she was primarily involved in the investigation and analysis of cases involving foreign counterintelligence and domestic and international terrorism.


Between 1988 and 1994 she was a principal in “Project Slammer,” an interagency espionage study that involved extensive interviews of Americans convicted of espionage.

In 1993 she became a founding member of the FBI National Security Division’s Behavioral Analysis Program (BAP), and was an operational and behavioral consultant to numerous high profile counterintelligence and counterterrorism investigations throughout the United States.