Symposium – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Prevalence, features and assessment

Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL) (Queensland branch) and Queensland chapter, APS College of Forensic Psychologists in association with Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disabilities Services present a symposium on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Prevalence, features and assessment. When: Friday October 13th, 12.00PM – 6.00PM Where: Rydges South Bank,… Read more »

Workshop: Fitness for Trial in the Magistrates Court

July 18, 2017  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Legal Aid Queensland 44 Herschel St Brisbane, Queensland The Mental Health Act 2016 (Queensland) commenced in March 2017. The Act allows Magistrates to resolve a significant proportion of matters previously referred to the Mental Health Court. The Act thus places greater responsibility on lawyers appearing before Magistrates. In this workshop, registrants… Read more »

Symposium: Mental health, extremism and lone-actor grievance-fuelled violence

April 8-9, 2017 Rydges Southbank Hotel 9 Glenelg Street South Brisbane As radicalisation and recruitment of Australians appears to be increasing and violent extremists are reaching out to mentally vulnerable individuals, there is a clear role for mental health services in the evaluation and management of susceptible individuals. In the context of the changing milieu… Read more »

Indecent Images

Earlier this year, Professor Mark Kebbell gave a talk for the Queensland Branch of ANZAPPL, co-hosted by the Griffith Criminology Institute, on the risk posed by people who access indecent images. You can view a recording of the talk at the following link: YouTube video link:

Expert testimony

Blake McKimmie recently gave a talk about how jurors make sense of expert testimony. YouTube video link:

Predicting Risk

Dr Jon Mason spoke with Associate Barbara Masser about predicting the risk of re-offending. This interview is part of the University of Queensland course PSYC2361: The Psychology of Criminal Justice. Link:

Trial Preparation

I recently had the chance to spend a day with Jeffery Frederick, PhD, a trial consultant from the USA. We recorded a short conversation about selecting jurors and trial preparation for my class: Link: Blake

Improving the quality of evidence from adult complainants of sexual assault

In this presentation to the Queensland branch of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL), Dr Nina Westera covers how evidence-based practice in the interviewing of adult complainants of sexual assault can be used to improve the investigation and prosecution in these types of cases. Dr Westera, a former detective… Read more »