Dr. Gina Ligon is an Associate Professor of Management and Collaboration Science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She received her PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a Minor in Measurement and Statistics from the University of Oklahoma. Since arriving at UNO, she has been awarded over $3,000,000 in National Security-related grants and contracts. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and serves on the panel for behavioral sciences for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Ligon is the Principal Investigator on a grant from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) examining the leadership and performance of transnational Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs), and she is the originator of the Leadership of the Extreme and Dangerous for Innovative Results (LEADIR) database. Her research interests include profiling leaders from afar, violent ideological groups, expertise and leadership development, and collaboration management. Prior to joining UNO, she was a faculty member at Villanova University in the Department of Psychology. She also worked in St. Louis as a management consultant with the firm Psychological Associates. She has published over 50 peer reviewed publications in the areas of leadership, innovation, and violent groups, and she is the editor to the academic journal Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict.

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