Matt Talbot, PhD, LCSW, CCFC, CFMHE, CTM

Senior Threat Manager, Threat Assessment & Management, Kroger, Co.

Dr. Matt Talbot is the Senior Threat Manager for Kroger, Co., developing and managing a workplace violence and threat management program for more than 450,000 employees across 35 states and growing.  He previously served as the workplace violence prevention program coordinator for the South Texas Veterans Health Care System from 2011-2023 where he managed two organizational threat assessment teams and supervised the intimate-partner violence and suicide prevention programs. Matt is a member of the Southwest Texas Fusion Center Public Safety Threat Assessment Group (PSTAG), a Fusion Liaison Officer (FLO), and worked as an SME on the Texas statewide targeted violence prevention strategy lead by DPS.

 Matt is also the current President of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) South Central Chapter and serves on the ATAP National Communications Committee. He became an ATAP Certified Threat Manager (CTM) in 2018 and has 20 years’ experience in mental health, crisis intervention, violence risk assessment, and behavioral threat assessment and management.  

In 2021, Matt led the development of the first collegiate certificate program in behavioral threat assessment and risk management for Alliant University.  He is a founding and executive board member of the Global Team Collaborative (GTC), a Canadian-based emerging global non-profit dedicated to support teams working to assess and manage various forms of threats, risks, and hazards, and is the Chair of a working group establishing a resource clearinghouse for professional development in the threat and management space for the Global Summit to Eradicate Hate. Matt recently joined the prestigious Gavin de Becker Advanced Threat Academy as invited faculty and has delivered several hundred presentations and keynotes globally. He recently completed his PhD in forensic psychology researching parents’ perceptions of modern-day mass shooters.

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