University of Virginia
Janet I. Warren, DSW, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences (PNBS) at UVA. In this capacity, she serves as teaching and research faculty at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, a multi-disciplinary policy center organized under the auspices of the School of Law and the School of Medicine at the UVA. In her position at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, Professor Warren provides training on conducting forensic evaluations for the courts and specializes in evaluations that focus on assessing the risk for violent behavior among juveniles, the examination of individuals charged with sexual crimes, and the legal decisional capacity of adolescents and young adults. She is the UVA liaison to the FBI Behavioral Sciences (BSU) Unit and has worked with the BSU in developing paradigms relevant to the criminal investigative analyses of sexual offenders including distinctions between impulsive versus ritualistic sex offenders, and the elements of modus operandi, ritual, and signature displayed in an offender’s crime scene behavior. She has also collaborated with the FBI National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime in conducting research on the crime scene analysis of serial rape, sexually sadistic murder, and child abduction and murder. She has work previously with Professor Brown in developing GPS methods for conducting geographical profiling of serial sexual offenders and in creating software for police departments to use in identifying hot spots of for use in deploying resources in a timely manner.