Dr. Anna Grace Burnette, PhD

Old Cabell Hall
Associate Director of Threat Assessment

Anna Grace Burnette, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and serves as the Associate Director of Threat Assessment at the University of Virginia (UVA). Within this role, she assists in assessing and managing threats of violence within the University and Medical System. She provides subject matter expertise and, in collaboration with Threat Assessment Team members, oversees prevention strategies regarding potential acts of violence. She has authored peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, including a feature in the International Handbook of Threat Assessment and Management. Her published research has primarily focused on distinguishing between serious and non-serious threats of violence, as well as establishing threat assessment as an evidence-based violence prevention practice in K-12 grade schools and universities. She has presented as a guest speaker with the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and at training seminars for state hospitals.  

Prior to joining the Threat Assessment Team, Dr. Burnette earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from UVA and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UVA’s Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy. She has worked across inpatient and outpatient settings in Virginia and Washington, D.C. Specifically, she conducted court-ordered and private forensic evaluations for a range of legal issues, including competency to stand trial, legal sanity, violence risk assessment, pre-employment evaluations, and other forensic questions. She also worked as a unit psychologist on an all-male forensic unit at a state psychiatric hospital.