Margaret H. Coggins, Ph.D. is a Consultant at Command Group. Dr. Coggins retired from Federal service in April, 2012, following a distinguished 32-year career in Federal law enforcement where she served in senior executive and leadership positions for the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) and the United States Secret Service.
Dr. Coggins began her career with the Secret Service in 1984 as a staff psychologist. She was subsequently promoted to various positions including Chief of the Behavioral Research Program and Senior Manager in the Office of Protective Research. Her areas of responsibility included providing risk assessment research, consultation, and training in support of the Secret Service protective mission, and the study of threatening and high-risk behaviors directed toward the President of the United States. She is also credited with establishing liaison relationships between the Secret Service and the mental health, academic, research, and public policy communities that remain vital to the protective mission.
Following 9/11, Dr. Coggins was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as a Deputy Assistant Director with the Federal Air Marshal Service. There, for over 10 years, she managed and directed numerous programs and divisions, including workforce management, succession planning, executive resources, occupational health, and quality of work life initiatives.
Since her retirement from public service, Dr. Coggins provides consulting, advisory and leadership expertise in areas of program development and evaluation; risk assessment and threat management; prevention of targeted violence; law enforcement/security operations; policy; workforce planning and management; and, organizational behavior and culture. She also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) Foundation.
Dr. Coggins earned Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees in psychology from the Catholic University of America. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Dickinson College. In 2001, Dr. Coggins was certified as a Senior Executive by the Office of Personnel Management. Her work has been published in several scientific journals and she was appointed as an adjunct Full professor for the George Washington University.
In 2010, Dr. Coggins was awarded the “Outstanding Advocate for Women in Federal Law Enforcement” award by the Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) organization. In 2011, Dr. Coggins received the President’s Award for Leadership and Diversity Excellence, from the Arizona Chapter, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the President’s Commendation for Continued Support and Commitment to Diversity from the National Asian Peace Officers Association.
Consultant, Command Group
Deputy Assistant Director, Federal Air Marshal Service
Behavioral Research Program, United States Secret Service
Office of Protective Research, United States Secret Service
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