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Prof Stephane Shepherd

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Position

Professor (Forensic Psychology and Criminology)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

Alfred Deakin Institute

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2013

Contact

s.shepherd@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 46385

Biography

Dr. Stephane Shepherd is Professor of Forensic Psychology at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. He completed is PhD in Forensic Psychology at Monash University in 2013 and also hold a Masters (Communication) and BA (Criminology). Dr. Shepherd's research explores cross-cultural issues at the intersection of psychology and the criminal justice system. He has received regional and international recognition for his work on the social and cultural needs of young people who are involved in the justice system. He has published over 100 academic articles and book chapters and has received over 4 million in funding. In 2020, he was named one of ABCs top 5 scientists under 40, and received the 2020 Victorian Government Multi-Cultural Award for Excellence in Justice. He received the American Psychology-Law Society’s Early Career Award in 2019, an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship in 2017, and he was also the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in 2015. Dr. Shepherd was appointed to the Victorian Youth Parole Board in 2022 and the Victorian Government African Communities Committee.

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Knowledge areas

Youth Justice, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse young people, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Culturally Responsive Programming, Strengths-Based Programming

Professional activities

Victorian Youth Parole Board Member

Victorian Government African Communities Committee (VACC)

Media appearances

ABC Earshot ‘501 Deportees’, 18th March, 2022 

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/earshot/deportees/13774642

ABC Earshot 'The Melbourne Towers' hard lockdown - One year on, 14th July, 2021

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/earshot/melbourne-towers-hard-lockdown/13434932

Should Australia remove non-citizens who break our laws? ABC Online, 2022

https://www.abc.net.au/religion/should-australia-remove-non-citizens-who-break-laws/13883016

Would we be better off without the acronym CALD? ABC Online, 2022

https://www.abc.net.au/religion/would-we-be-better-off-without-the-acronym-cald/13572720

Isn’t being an Olympian enough? The curious case of Peter Bol. ABC online, 2021   

https://www.abc.net.au/religion/stephane-shepherd-the-curious-case-of-peter-bol/13496406

For attitudes to change, more African voices are needed. The Age, 2021

https://www.theage.com.au/national/for-attitudes-to-change-more-african-voices-are-needed-20210510-p57qh0.html
 

ABC “Life Matters”. How understanding one statistic became Dr Stephane Shepherd’s life’s work. 17th February, 2021

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/how-understanding-one-statistic-became-stephane-shepherd%E2%80%99s-life/13158830

ABC Radio National RN Breakfast. 31st July, 2020

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/recipients-of-abc-science-and-humanities-residencies-revealed/12510320

How to support junior staff in a time of turmoil for universities. The Conversation, 2020

https://theconversation.com/how-to-support-junior-staff-in-a-time-of-turmoil-for-universities-148917

Awards

2020 Victorian Government Multicultural Award for Excellence in Justice

2020 ABC Top 5 Researchers (Humanities)

2019 American Psychology-Law Society Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Excellence in Psychology and Law

2016 International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services Christopher Webster Young Scholar of the Year

2015 Fulbright Scholar 

Publications

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2024

Police-reported family violence: are there differences amongst South Asian Australians and Australian-born Australians?

H De Silva, S Shepherd, T McEwan

(2024), pp. 1-24, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2023

Culture, Strengths, and Risk: The Language of Pre-Sentence Reports in Indigenous Sentencing Courts and Mainstream Courts

D Coulter, A Forkan, Y Kang, J Trounson, T Anthony, E Marchetti, S Shepherd

(2023), Vol. 50, pp. 76-100, Criminal Justice and Behavior, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Violence Risk Assessment Tools and Indigenous Peoples: Colonialism as an Underlying Cause of Risk Ratings on the SAVRY

N Muir, J Viljoen, S Shepherd

(2023), pp. 1-13, International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Statistical Learning Methods and Cross-Cultural Fairness: Trade-Offs and Implications for Risk Assessment Instruments

L Ashford, B Spivak, J Ogloff, S Shepherd

(2023), Psychological Assessment, Washington, D.C., C1-1

journal article

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives on forensic risk assessment

S Venner, N Maharaj, D Sivasubramaniam, S Shepherd

(2023), pp. 1-27, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Promoting trust and police legitimacy in African Australian communities: A critical reflection on community engagement strategies and practical recommendations for police

M Ali, S Shepherd, B Ahmed

(2023), Vol. 25, pp. 116-130, International Journal of Police Science and Management, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The Impact of a Short-Term Mental Health Intervention Delivered in an Australian Prison: A Multi-Cultural Comparison

J Ogloff, A Rose, D Meyer, S Benson, S Shepherd, J Pfeifer, S Louise, J Trounson, J Skues, M Daffern

(2023), Vol. 22, pp. 14-25, International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2022

Working in multicultural forensic settings: An integrated model of assessment

S Shepherd, M Madu

(2022), pp. 137-147, Diversity and Marginalisation in Forensic Mental Health Care, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

The Cross-Cultural Fairness of the LS/RNR: An Australian Analysis

L Ashford, B Spivak, J Ogloff, S Shepherd

(2022), Vol. 46, pp. 214-226, Law and Human Behavior, Washington, D.C., C1-1

journal article

Violence Risk Assessment with the HCR-20V3 in Legal Contexts: A Critical Reflection

V de Vogel, T De Beuf, S Shepherd, R Schneider

(2022), Vol. 104, pp. 252-264, Journal of Personality Assessment, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Working with Arab women with PTSD: what do we know?

D Beaini, S Shepherd

(2022), Vol. 57, pp. 95-104, Australian Psychologist, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Racial fairness in violence risk instruments: a review of the literature

L Ashford, B Spivak, S Shepherd

(2022), Vol. 28, pp. 911-941, Psychology, Crime and Law, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Social and emotional wellbeing among Indigenous Australian correctional officers

J Trounson, R Oppenheim, S Shepherd, J Pfeifer

(2022), Vol. 29, pp. 223-240, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Exploring Differences in the Experiences, Perceptions and Reporting of Violent Incidents in Australia by Country of Birth

C Anthony, I Grant, L Ashford, B Spivak, S Shepherd

(2022), Vol. 37, pp. NP6301-NP6328, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The Impact of Offender-Victim Cultural Backgrounds on the Likelihood of Receiving Diversion

B Warner, B Spivak, L Ashford, R Fix, J Ogloff, S Shepherd

(2022), Vol. 33, pp. 298-316, Criminal Justice Policy Review, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Patterns of Maltreatment Co-Occurrence in Incarcerated Youth in Australia

N Papalia, S Baidawi, S Luebbers, S Shepherd, J Ogloff

(2022), Vol. 37, pp. NP4341-NP4371, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Introducing an integrated model of cross-cultural assessment

S Shepherd

(2022), Vol. 30, pp. 486-489, Australasian Psychiatry, C1-1

journal article

Pre-sentence reports for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: An analysis of language and sentiment

D Coulter, A Forkan, Y Kang, J Trounson, T Anthony, E Marchetti, S Shepherd

(2022), pp. 1-11, Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, Canberra, ACT., C1-1

journal article

Magistrates' Experiences of Judicial Supervision in Mainstream Courts

Michael Trood, Benjamin Spivak, Diane Sivasubramaniam, Stephane Shepherd

(2022), Vol. 31, pp. 115-137, JOURNAL OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION, C1

journal article
2021

Cross-cultural sensitivity in forensic mental health care

A Ogunwale, D Ndegwa, S Shepherd

(2021), pp. 11-35, The Handbook of Forensic Mental Health in Africa, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Exploring mental illness attributions and treatment-seeking beliefs in a diverse Muslim-Australian sample

K Bairami, B Spivak, L Burke, S Shepherd

(2021), Vol. 25, pp. 44-54, Clinical Psychologist, C1

journal article

Finding Colour in Conformity Part II-Reflections on Structured Professional Judgement and Cross-Cultural Risk Assessment

S Shepherd, B Spivak

(2021), Vol. 65, pp. 92-99, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The Experiences and Perspectives of African-Australian Community Service Providers Who Work with At-Risk and Justice-Involved Youth

S Shepherd, A Bailey, G Masuka

(2021), Vol. 66, pp. 1432-1453, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Exploring Rater Cultural Bias in Forensic Risk Assessment

S Venner, D Sivasubramaniam, S Luebbers, S Shepherd

(2021), Vol. 20, pp. 213-226, International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Working With At-Risk Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Young People in Australia: Risk Factors, Programming, and Service Delivery

S Shepherd, G Masuka

(2021), Vol. 32, pp. 469-483, Criminal Justice Policy Review, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Cross-cultural reliability and rater bias in forensic risk assessment: a review of the literature

S Venner, D Sivasubramaniam, S Luebbers, S Shepherd

(2021), Vol. 27, pp. 105-121, Psychology, Crime and Law, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Exploring presentation differences in multi-cultural youth seeking assistance for mental health problems

S Shepherd, C Harries, B Spivak, A Pichler, R Purcell

(2021), Vol. 9, pp. 1-15, BMC Psychology, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The Handbook of Forensic Mental Health in Africa

A Ogunwale, A Ogunlesi, S Shepherd, K Serpa, J Singh

(2021), London, Eng., A7

edited book
2020

Closing the (incarceration) gap: Assessing the socio-economic and clinical indicators of indigenous males by lifetime incarceration status

S Shepherd, B Spivak, L Ashford, I Williams, J Trounson, Y Paradies

(2020), Vol. 20, BMC Public Health, C1

journal article

Estimating the extent and nature of offending by Sudanese-born individuals in Victoria

S Shepherd, B Spivak

(2020), Vol. 53, pp. 352-368, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Crystalline methamphetamine (ice) use prior to youth detention: A forensic concern or a public health issue?

B Spivak, S Shepherd, R Borschmann, S Kinner, J Ogloff, H Hachtel

(2020), Vol. 15, pp. 1-13, PLoS ONE, San Francisco, Calif., C1-1

journal article

Machine learning and forensic risk assessment: new frontiers

B Spivak, S Shepherd

(2020), Vol. 31, pp. 571-581, Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The mental health of culturally and linguistically diverse offenders - what do we know?

A Rose, S Shepherd, J Ogloff

(2020), Vol. 28, pp. 438-441, Australasian Psychiatry, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Mental Health, Psychological Distress, and Coping in Australian Cross-Cultural Prison Populations

A Rose, J Trounson, S Louise, S Shepherd, J Ogloff

(2020), Vol. 33, pp. 794-803, Journal of Traumatic Stress, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2019

An analysis of high-risk offending pathways for young females in custody

S Shepherd, D Newton, C Harries, R Fix, R Fullam

(2019), Vol. 26, pp. 194-205, Psychiatry, psychology and law, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

The challenge of cultural competence in the workplace: Perspectives of healthcare providers

S Shepherd, C Willis-Esqueda, D Newton, D Sivasubramaniam, Y Paradies

(2019), Vol. 19, BMC Health Services Research, C1

journal article

Psychological wellbeing, distress and coping in Australian Indigenous and multicultural prisoners: a mixed methods analysis

A Rose, J Trounson, J Skues, M Daffern, S Shepherd, J Pfeifer, J Ogloff

(2019), Vol. 26, pp. 886-903, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Disparities in Criminal Justice System Responses to First-Time Juvenile Offenders According to Indigenous Status

N Papalia, S Shepherd, B Spivak, S Luebbers, D Shea, R Fullam

(2019), Vol. 46, pp. 1067-1087, Criminal Justice and Behavior, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2018

Inter-relationships among cultural identity, discrimination, distress, agency, and safety among Indigenous People in custody

S Shepherd, R Delgado, Y Paradies

(2018), Vol. 17, pp. 111-121, International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Racial and cultural minority experiences and perceptions of health care provision in a mid-western region

S Shepherd, C Willis-Esqueda, Y Paradies, D Sivasubramaniam, J Sherwood, T Brockie

(2018), Vol. 17, International Journal for Equity in Health, C1

journal article

Pathways to offending for young Sudanese Australians

S Shepherd, D Newton, K Farquharson

(2018), Vol. 51, pp. 481-501, Australian and New Zealand journal of criminology, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Identifying the prevalence and predictors of suicidal behaviours for indigenous males in custody

S Shepherd, B Spivak, K Arabena, Y Paradies

(2018), Vol. 18, BMC Public Health, C1

journal article

Predictors of distress and the protective impact of cultural engagement for Indigenous prisoners

S Shepherd, R Hazel Delgado, D Sivasubramanian, Y Paradies

(2018), Vol. 57, pp. 367-383, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, C1

journal article

Psychopathy, Antisocial Personality Disorder, and Reconviction in an Australian Sample of Forensic Patients

S Shepherd, R Campbell, J Ogloff

(2018), Vol. 62, pp. 609-628, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Evaluating the utility of 'strength' items when assessing the risk of young offenders

S Shepherd, S Strand, J Viljoen, M Daffern

(2018), Vol. 29, pp. 597-616, Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Indigenous perspectives on violence risk assessment: A thematic analysis

S Shepherd, C Willis-Esqueda

(2018), Vol. 20, pp. 599-627, Punishment and Society, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Popping the cultural bubble of violence risk assessment tools

S Shepherd, T Anthony

(2018), Vol. 29, pp. 211-220, Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Correlates of self-harm and suicide attempts in justice-involved young people

S Shepherd, B Spivak, R Borschmann, S Kinner, H Hachtel

(2018), Vol. 13, pp. 1-13, PLoS ONE, San Francisco, Calif., C1-1

journal article

The Utility of the HCR-20 in an Australian Sample of Forensic Psychiatric Patients

S Shepherd, R Campbell, J Ogloff

(2018), Vol. 25, pp. 273-282, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2017

Aboriginal prisoners and cognitive impairment: the impact of dual disadvantage on social and emotional wellbeing.

S Shepherd, J Ogloff, D Shea, J Pfeifer, Y Paradies

(2017), Vol. 61, pp. 385-397, Journal of intellectual disability research, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

The impact of indigenous cultural identity and cultural engagement on violent offending

S Shepherd, R Delgado, J Sherwood, Y Paradies

(2017), Vol. 18, BMC Public Health, C1

journal article

Aboriginal prisoners with cognitive impairment: Is this the highest risk group?

S Shepherd, J Ogloff, Y Paradies, J Pfeifer

(2017), pp. 1-15, Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, [Canberra, A.C.T.], C1

journal article

Covert and Implicit Influences on the Interpretation of Violence Risk Instruments

S Shepherd, D Sullivan

(2017), Vol. 24, pp. 292-301, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Assessing the Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Cognitive Functioning, and Social/Emotional Well-Being Needs of Aboriginal Prisoners in Australia

J Ogloff, J Pfeifer, S Shepherd, J Ciorciari

(2017), Vol. 23, pp. 398-411, Journal of Correctional Health Care, New Rochelle, N.Y., C1-1

journal article
2016

Are Australian prisons meeting the needs of Indigenous offenders?

S Shepherd, J Ogloff, S Thomas

(2016), Vol. 4, pp. 1-9, Health and Justice, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Maori and Pacific Islander overrepresentation in the Australian criminal justice system-what are the determinants?

S Shepherd, T Ilalio

(2016), Vol. 55, pp. 113-128, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Disentangling Psychopathy from Antisocial Personality Disorder: An Australian Analysis

J Ogloff, R Campbell, S Shepherd

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 198-215, Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Violence risk instruments may be culturally unsafe for use with Indigenous patients

S Shepherd

(2016), Vol. 24, pp. 565-567, Australasian Psychiatry, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Criminal Engagement and Australian Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations: Challenges and Implications for Forensic Risk Assessment

S Shepherd

(2016), Vol. 23, pp. 256-274, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Psychopathic features in young incarcerated females

S Strand, S Luebbers, S Shepherd

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 63-75, Journal of Criminal Psychology, Bingley, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Forensic risk assessment and cultural diversity: Contemporary challenges and future directions

S Shepherd, R Lewis-Fernandez

(2016), Vol. 22, pp. 427-438, Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, Washington, D.C., C1-1

journal article

The Role of Protective Factors and the Relationship With Recidivism for High-Risk Young People in Detention

S Shepherd, S Luebbers, J Ogloff

(2016), Vol. 43, pp. 863-878, Criminal Justice and Behavior, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The PCL: YV and re-offending across ethnic groups

S Shepherd, S Strand

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 51-62, Journal of Criminal Psychology, Bingley, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The utility of the psychopathy checklist: Youth Version (PCL: YV) and the Youth Psychopathic Trait Inventory (YPI)-is it meaningful to measure psychopathy in young offenders?

S Shepherd, S Strand

(2016), Vol. 28, pp. 405-415, Psychological Assessment, Washington, D.C., C1-1

journal article
2015

Does the Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory Generalize Across Ethnicity?

S Shepherd, J Singh, R Fullam

(2015), Vol. 14, pp. 193-204, International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, C1-1

journal article

Finding color in conformity: A commentary on culturally specific risk factors for violence in Australia

S Shepherd

(2015), Vol. 59, pp. 1297-1307, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, United States, C1-1

journal article

What Are The Factors Associated With Criminal Behaviour For Young People With Mental Health Problems?

S Shepherd, R Purcell

(2015), Vol. 22, pp. 869-879, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, C1-1

journal article
2014

Violence risk assessment in Australian aboriginal offender populations: A review of the literature

S Shepherd, Y Adams, E McEntyre, R Walker

(2014), Vol. 20, pp. 281-293, Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, C1-1

journal article

Are Youth Violence Risk Instruments Interchangeable? Evaluating Instrument Convergence in a Sample of Incarcerated Adolescent Offenders

S Shepherd, S Luebbers, J Ogloff

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 317-341, Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, C1-1

journal article

The Predictive Validity of Risk Assessment Approaches for Young Australian Offenders

S Shepherd, S Luebbers, J Ogloff, R Fullam, M Dolan

(2014), Vol. 21, pp. 801-817, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, C1-1

journal article

The utility of the SAVRY across ethnicity in Australian young offenders

S Shepherd, S Luebbers, M Ferguson, J Ogloff, M Dolan

(2014), Vol. 20, pp. 31-45, Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, Washington, D.C., C1-1

journal article
2013

Identifying gender differences in an Australian youth offender population

S Shepherd, S Luebbers, M Dolan

(2013), Vol. 3, pp. 1-12, SAGE Open, C1-1

journal article

Gender and Ethnicity in Juvenile Risk Assessment

S Shepherd, S Luebbers, M Dolan

(2013), Vol. 40, pp. 388-408, Criminal Justice and Behavior, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Understanding the drivers and motivators of extremist violence

Prof Stephane Shepherd, Prof Michele Grossman AM, Prof Michele Pathe, Prof Paul Gill

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2024: $61,495
  • 2023: $249,032

Other Public Sector Funding

Addressing the needs of justice-involved African-Australian young people - A Systematic Review

Prof Stephane Shepherd, Mr Mohammed Ali, Mr Abraham Padiet Kuol

Department of Justice & Community Safety

  • 2024: $29,305
  • 2023: $19,536

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report