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Professor Andy Day

Led by Professor Andy Day, this group covers all three aspects of forensic psychology; clinical forensic psychology; interviewing and evidence; and the reintegration of offenders within the community. The unit works closely with practicing clinicians and criminal justice professionals and provides expert advice to government and non-government organisations. A further goal is the development of both skills and knowledge that can inform and enhance the delivery of professional psychological services.

Group Research Fellow

Major projects

A Model of Sex Offender Registration, Monitoring, and Risk Management; This program of research will draw on the perspectives of those who are involved in the management of offenders in the community and empirical data on the characteristics of those who re-offend to develop a theoretical basis from which to inform good practice in offender management and supervision practices - Andy Day

Understanding and managing the occupational health impacts on investigators of internet child exploitation - Martine Powell

Understanding the relationship between child maltreatment and language competence- Martine Powell

The 1-in-4 Poll: Inclusion of people with a disability and carers in social and political deliberative processes - Joe Graffam

The Effective Treatment of Drug Using Offenders: The impact of treatment modality, coercion and treatment readiness - Sharon Casey

Recent talks

A Day, J Vess, M Powell, J Graffam (2011); Sex offender legislation for sex offender registries in Australia: Implications for management; 13th International Corrections and Prisons Association Conference

A Day, S Casey (2011); Assessing Outcomes in Youth Justice; 7th Reintegration Puzzle Conference

A Day, S Casey, J Vess (2011); Assessing the social climate of Australian prisons; APS Forensic Psychology National Conference


Professor Joe Graffam has said that the biggest challenge facing the rehabilitation of prisoners into the community was establishing a single, integrated method of support services. Professor Graffam would like to see exiting prisoners receive co-ordinated services to help them with often complex conditions, including alcohol and drug addiction and mental illness. For further information see

Professor Martine Powell in collaboration with Assoc Prof Pamela Snow (Monash University) has shown that nearly half of young offenders have poor language competency which might put them at a disadvantage when dealing with the youth justice system. For further info see AIC site

In a series of widely publicised findings Associate Professor Peter Miller has shown that excessive drinking by young adults can turn what was meant to be a night of fun, into a night of violence, injury and police arrests;
Evidence continues to point to alcohol as the main cause of nightlife violence
Pre-drinking alcohol before hitting the nightclubs likely to lead to violence

Recent grants

(2012-2015) ARC Linkage; A whole system approach to improving child witnesses' particularisation of sexual abuse offences; M Powell, S Sharman, K Roberts

(2012-2014) ARC Discovery; A model of sex offender registration, monitoring, and risk management; A Day, J Vess, M Powell, T Ward, E Carson, J Graffam,  S Casey

(2012-2014) ARC Indigenous Discovery; Indigenous persistence in formal learning; M Nakata, A Day G Martin

(2010-2013) ARC Linkage; The effective treatment of drug using offenders: The impact of treatment modality, coercion and treatment readiness on criminal recidivism; S Casey

(2012)  ARC Discovery;  A model of sex offender registration, monitoring, and risk management; A Day, J Vess, M Powell, A Ward, E Carson, J Graffam, S Casey

(2010-2012) ARC Discovery; Understanding the relationship between child maltreatment and language competence: An evidential interviewing perspective; M Powell, J Lum, P Snow

(2009-2012) ARC Linkage; Understanding and Managing the Occupational Health Impacts on Investigators of Internet Child Exploitation; RK Wortley; SW Smallbone, MB Powell

(2007-2009) ARC APDI; The measurement and prediction of police interviewing performance and the dissemination of good practice through a distributive workplace learning system; M Powell, M Kebbell, C  Hughes-Scholes


Recent publications


S Casey, A Day, T Ward, J Vess (in press, 2012). Foundations of Correctional Psychology. Routledge Publishing


A Day (in press). Culturally Responsive CBT in Forensic Settings;In Forensic CBT: a Practitioner's Guide. RC Tafrate & D Mitchell (Eds.) (Wiley-Blackwell)

A Day, S Casey (in press, accepted 22/6/2011); Interview with Mr. Timothy Leo, Chief Psychologist with the Singapore Prison Service: Transformational Change in Correctional Services: Offender rehabilitation and reintegration in Singapore; In Trends in Corrections: Interviews with Corrections Leaders around the World. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group in conjunction with IPES

D King, A Day, P Delfabbro (in press); The Youth Court of South Australia: A Personal Perspective. Invited chapter for the book: Justices of the World, C. M. Kelso &. D. K. Das (Eds), CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Group

A Day, R Collie (in press); Offender rehabilitation in Australia and New Zealand; In What Works in Offender Rehabilitation: An Evidenced Based Approach to Assessment and Treatment, L. A. Craig, L. Dixon & T. A. Gannon (Eds), Wiley-Blackwell

A Day (in press); Evaluating the quality of criminal justice services; In Research in Practice for Forensic Professionals, Sheldon, K., Davies, J., & K Howells (Eds), Cullompton: Willan Publishing    

A Day (2011); The relationship between anger and trauma: Some implications for programs that help manage problematic anger; In Psychology of Anger: Symptoms, Causes and Coping, J. P. Welty (Ed.), Nova Science Publishers, New York



Day, A., Mohr, P., Howells, K., Gerace, A., & Lim, L. (2012). The role of empathy in anger arousal in violent offenders and university students. International Journal of Offender Rehabilitation and Comparative Criminology. 56, 599-614

Brubacher, S.P., Roberts, K.P., & Powell, M.B. (2012). Retrieval of episodic versus generic information: Does the order of recall affect the amount and accuracy of details reported by children about repeated events? Developmental Psychology, 48, 111-122

Daffern, M., Day, A., & Cookson, A. (2012). Implications for the prevention of aggressive behaviour drawn from interpersonal communication theory. International Journal of Offender Rehabilitation and Comparative Criminology, 56, 401-419

Sharman, S. J., & Powell, M. B. (2012). A comparison of adult witnesses' suggestibility across various types of leading questions. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26, 48-53

Day, A. (2012). The nature of supervision in forensic psychology: Some observations and recommendations. British Journal of Forensic Practice, 14, 116-123

Dietze, P. M., Powell, M. B. & Thomson, D. M. (2012). Examination of the effect of mental reinstatement of context across developmental level, retention interval and type of mnemonic instruction. Psychiatry, Psychology & Law, 19, 89-103.

Day, A., Jones, R., Nakata, M., & McDermott, D. (2012) Indigenous family violence: An attempt to understand the problems and inform appropriate and effective responses to Criminal Justice System intervention. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 19, 1-14

Powell, M. B., Hughes-Scholes, C. H., & Sharman, S. J. (2012). Skill in interviewing reduces confirmation bias. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 9, 126-134.

Carson, E., Chung, D., & Day, A. (2012).  Distant relations: limits to relational contracting in domestic violence programs. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 25, 103-117

Day, A., Casey, S., Vess, J., & Huisy, G. (2012). Assessing the therapeutic climate of prisons. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 39, 156-168

L Lim, A Day (in press, 2011); Mental Health Diversion Courts: Some Directions for Further Development. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.

S Brubacher, K Roberts, M Powell (2011); Effects of practicing episodic versus scripted recall on children's subsequent narratives of a repeated event. Psychology, Public Policy, & Law 2, 286-314.

J Read, M Powell (2011); Improving the legal aspects of police interviewing of suspects. Psychiatry, Psychology & Law. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/13218719.2010.543399

A Day, S Casey (in press, 2011); Assessing Client Outcomes in Youth Justice Services: Current Status and Future Directions? Journal of Juvenile Justice.

J Vess, A Day, M Powell, J Graffam (2011); International Sex Offender Registration Laws: Research and Evaluation Issues, Police Practice and Research.

C Kozar, A Day (in press, 2011); The therapeutic alliance in offending behavior programs: A necessary and sufficient condition for change? Aggression and Violent Behavior.

A Day, R Tytler (in press, 2011); Professional training in applied psychology: Towards signature pedagogy for forensic psychology training. Australian Psychologist.

E Carson, D Chung, A Day (in press, 2011); Discretion versus quality assurance: Relational contracting and implementation gaps in outsourced programs for perpetrators of domestic violence. International Journal of Public Sector Management

J Vess, B Langskail, A Day, M Powell, J Graffam (in press, 2011); A comparative analysis of Australian sex offender legislation for sex offender registries, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology

P Snow, M Powell (in press, 2011). Oral language competence in incarcerated young offenders: Exploring links with offending severity. International Journal of Speech Language Pathology.

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