Randy Borum

Professor & Director, School of Information
Director of Intelligence Studies


Office: CIS 2015



Dr. Randy Borum is a Professor, Director of the School of Information (iSchool), and Director of Intelligence and National Security Studies at the University of South Florida. From 2017-2019, he was also jointly appointed as a Senior Behavioral Scientist in the National Security Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).  Dr. Borum supported three Directors of National Intelligence (DNI) on the Intelligence Science Board (ISB) and served on the Defense Science Board Task Force on Understanding Human Dynamics, and served on the Steering Committee for the National Academy of Sciences’ Study on Sociocultural Data to Accomplish Department of Defense Missions.  He has taught courses on Terrorism, Intelligence Concepts, Intelligence Analysis, Information Behavior, Strategy & Decision-Making, Interrogation, and Criminal Psychology and is author/ co-author of more than 175 professional publications.
Dr. Borum is Board Certified and fellowship-trained in forensic psychology. He has been an instructor with the BJA State & Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program since 1999, and worked as a Senior Consultant to the U.S. Secret Service for more than a decade helping to develop, refine and study behavior-based protocols for threat assessment and protective intelligence. He has previously served as a sworn police officer, Forensic Coordinator for a regional state psychiatric facility, and as full-time faculty at Duke University School of Medicine.
He has taught at the FBI Academy, FLETC; JFK Special Warfare Center and School (Ft. Bragg); Joint Special Operations University; CIA; and the US Army Intelligence Center and School (Ft. Huachuca). He was Principal Investigator on the "Psychology of Terrorism" initiative for an agency in the US Intelligence Community. He serves as an advisor to the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit-1 (Threat Assessment & National Security), the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC), the FLETC Behavioral Science Division, and is listed on the United Nations' Roster of Experts in Terrorism.
Dr. Borum is a Past-President of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and currently serves as Senior Editor of the Journal of Strategic Security and of Military Cyber Affairs.


  • NIMH Research Fellow, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill & Duke University Medical Center
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Massachusetts Medical Center
  • Psy.D., Florida Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Florida Institute of Technology
  • B.A., James Madison University

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