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Professor Alfred Allan

Professor Alfred Allan


Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5536, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO30.221
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5536  
Facsimile: (61 8)  6304 5834  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.221  


Alfred is a Professor of Psychology within the School of Psychology and Social Science.

Current Teaching

  • Professional Issues in Psychology


After practicing as a lawyer Alfred became a full-time academic and commenced his studies in psychology qualifying as a clinical and later forensic psychologist. He has taught law, psychology and professional ethics in Law, Medical and Psychology Schools in South Africa and Australia. He is a member of the inaugural Psychologists Board of Australia a director and the chair of the Standing Committee on Ethics of the International Association for Applied Psychology (IAAP) and a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). He has served on the boards of national professional organizations and is a past president of the of the Psychology and Law Division of the IAAP, Australian and New Zealand Association for Psychiatry, Psychology and Law and a past chair of the APS College of Forensic Psychologists, the Ethics Committee of the APS, the Ethics Committee of the Psychology Association of South Africa; and of the Working Group that reviewed the Australian Psychological Society's Code of Ethics. He is on the editorial committee of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law and the editorial board of Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine and Ethics and Behavior and has served on various state government committees, such as the Dangerous Sexual Offender Review Committee. He frequently presents continuing professional development workshops and publishes widely in psychology, legal and medical journals.

Professional Associations

  • Australian Psychology Society
  • International Association for Applied Psychology
  • Australian and New Zealand Association for Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
  • Registered as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and is endorsed as a clinical and a forensic psychologist

Awards and Recognition

  • Australian Psychological Society’s President's Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology
  • Vice-Chancellor’s citation for influencing, motivating and inspiring postgraduate psychology students to integrate legal-ethical principles, and competently apply them, in their professional practice
  • Australian Psychological Society’s College of Forensic Psychologists’ award for an important and significant contribution to the field of forensic psychology
  • Australian Psychological Society Certificate of recognition of leadership in the formulation of the New Code of Ethics.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Corrective interaction: Apology, forgiveness and reconciliation
  • Understanding the norms that regulate the professional behaviour of health professionals
  • Violent and sexual offending
  • Apology in health settings
  • Defining constructs used in professional ethics


  • Bachelor of Commerce, South Africa.
  • Doctorate, South Africa, 1996.
  • Master of Arts, South Africa, 1990.
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours, South Africa, 1990.
  • Bachelor of Law, South Africa, 1975.


Recent Research Grants

  • Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal sex-offenders in Australia: Assessing risk for practice and policy,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Projects),  2015 - 2019,  $193,375.
  • Do neurophysical variables predict recovery from bipolar disorder episodes?,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $17,035.
  • The Development of a Video Task of Remedial Behaviour to Use in Communication Training of Health Professionals with Specific Reference to Open Disclosure Practice,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2009 - 2011,  $54,604.
  • Intimate Partner Abuse of Men,  Lotterywest,  Grant,  2008 - 2010,  $93,517.
  • Department of Corrective Services Literature Review on Risk Assessment Tools,  Department of Corrective Services WA,  Grant,  2009,  $3,027.
  • Victims' voices in Family Violence Courts: Developing innovative best-practice models,  Edith Cowan University,  Grant - Collaborative Research,  2005 - 2008,  $75,947.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Allan, A., (2015), Law and Ethics in Psychology: An International Perspective., 357, Somerset West, South Africa.

Book Chapters

  • Allan, A., Davidson, D., (2015), Respectful professional behaviour: What does it mean?. Ethics and Professional Practice for Psychologists, 25-39, Cengage Learning, Victoria Australia.
  • Allan, A., (2015), Psychologists and the courts: Ethical issues. Ethics and Professional Practice for Psychologists, 103-110, Cengage Learning, Victoria Australia.
  • Allan, A., Allan, R., (2014), The definition and nature of domestic violence. Overcoming Domestic Violence: Creating a Dialogue Around Vulnerable Populations, 11-27, New York.
  • Allan, A., (2012), Psychological ethics in Oceania: Convergence and divergence. The Oxford Handbook of International Psychological Ethics, 358-371, New York, USA.
  • Slocum, D., McKillop, D., Allan, A., Allan, R., Drake, D., (2011), Apology and acceptance in intimate partner relationships. Interpersonal acceptance and rejection: Social, emotional and educational contexts, 175-181, Boca Raton, Florida USA.

Journal Articles

  • Preece, D., Allan, A., Becerra, R., (2016), A case study of the neuropsychological outcomes following microsurgery, conventional radiotherapy and stereotactic radiotherapy for an adults recurrent craniopharyngioma. Brain Injury, 30(1), 104-111, England, DOI: 10.3109/02699052.2015.1104552.
  • Allan, A., McKillop, D., Dooley, J., Allan, R., Preece, D., (2015), Apologies following an adverse medical event: The importance of focusing on the consumer?s needs. Patient Education and Counseling, 98(9), 1058-1062, Ireland, DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2015.06.001.
  • Allan, A., (2015), Ethics in psychology and law: An international perspective. Ethics and Behavior, 25(6), 443-457, Philadelphia, USA, DOI: 10.1080/10508422.2014.952006.
  • Becerra, R., Cruise, K., Harms, C., Allan, A., Bassett, D., Hood, S., Murray, G., (2015), Emotion regulation and residual depression predict psychosocial functioning in bipolar disorder: Preliminary study. Universitas Psychologica, 14(3), 855-864, Bogota, Columbia, DOI: 10.11144/Javeriana.upsy14-3.errp.
  • Patterson, L., Allan, A., Cross, D., (2015), Adolescent perceptions of bystanders' responses to cyberbullying. New Media and Society, Online First(Online First), 1-18, London, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1177/1461444815606369.
  • Allan, A., Grisso, T., (2014), Ethical principles and the communication of forensic mental health assessments. Ethics and Behavior, 24(6), 467-477, DOI: 10.1080/10508422.2014.880346.
  • Allan, A., (2013), Are human rights redundant in the ethical codes of psychologists?. Ethics and Behavior, 23(4), 251-265, DOI: 10.1080/10508422.2013.776480.
  • Allan, A., (2013), Ethics in correctional and forensic psychology: Getting the balance right. Australian Psychologist, 48(1), 47-56, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-9544.2012.00079.x.
  • Allan, A., Davidson, G., (2013), Respect for the dignity of people: What does this principle mean in practice?. Australian Psychologist, 48(5), 345-352, United Kingdom, DOI: doi:10.111/ap.12012.
  • Becerra, R., Cruise, K., Murray, G., Bassett, D., Harms, C., Allan, A., Hood, s., (2013), Emotion regulation in bipolar disorder: Are emotion regulation abilities less compromised in euthymic bipolar disorder than unipolar depressive or anxiety disorders?. Open Journal of Psychiatry, 3(2013), 1-7, United States, DOI:
  • Pettifor, JL., Ferrero, A., Allan, A., Hernandez-Guzman, L., Seymour, F., Aanonson, A., Odland, T., Watts, AD., Korkut, Y., Pope, K., (2011), International contributions of the Canadian code of ethics for psychologists: Voices from abroad. Canadian Psychology, 52(3), 230-235, US, DOI: 10.1037/a0024390.
  • Slocum, D., Allan, A., Allan, R., (2011), An emerging theory of apology. Australian Journal of Psychology, 63(2), 83-92, Melbourne, DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-9536.2011.00013.x.
  • Iedema, R., Allen, S., Britton, K., Piper, D., Baker , A., Grbich, C., Allan, A., Jones , L., Tuckett, A., Williams , A., Manias , E., Gallagher, TH., (2011), The `100 patient stories? project: Patient and family member views on how clinicians (should) enact Open Disclosure - a qualitative study. BMJ: British Medical Journal Clinical Research Edition, 343(2011), d4423, London, UK, DOI: 10.1136/bmj.d4423.
  • Cooney, A., Allan, A., Allan, R., McKillop, D., Drake, D., (2011), The forgiveness process in primary and secondary victims of violent and sexual offences. Australian Journal of Psychology, 63(2), 107-118, Melbourne, DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-9536.2011.00012.x.
  • Allan, A., (2011), The Development of a Code for Australian Psychologists. Ethics and Behavior, 21(6), 435-451, UK, DOI: 10.1080/10508422.2011.622176.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor Of Philosophy, Identifying Ways Of Enhancing The Psychological Functioning In Victims Of Sexual Offences From Clinical And Justice System Management Perspectives.
  • Doctor Of Philosophy, Intergenerational Transfer Of Violence? The Self-report Of Physical Abuse In Childhood Among Violent And Non-violent Imprisioned Offenders.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Male Victims Of Intimate Partner Abuse: Experiences Of Disclosure And Help-seeking
  • Doctor of Psychology,  The Impact Of Assessment On Repeat Deliberate Self-harm.
  • Doctor of Psychology,  A Brief Screening Instrument For Use By Lawyers To Assess The Capacity Of Older Clients With Memory Deficits.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Risk Assessment And Western Australian Male Aboriginal Sexual And Violent Offenders
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Aboriginal Perspectives About Child Sexual Abuse: Informing The Cultural Dimension In Sex Offending Theories For Use With Aboriginal Offenders
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Requirement To Be Fit And Proper: What Does It Mean To Australian Psychologists?
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Australian Psychologists' Perceptions And Experiences Of Client Threats.
  • Doctor of Psychology,  The Relationship Between Forgiveness, Anxiety, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Amongst Secondary Victims.
  • Doctor Of Psychology, An Exploration Of Perceptions Of An Offender's True Sorriness In An Interpersonal Context: An Offended Intimate Partner's Perspective
  • Doctor of Psychology,  The Mental Capacity Act Of Singapore
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Secondary Victims' Perceptions Of Justice: Implications For Forensic Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Nature Of The Association Between Male Violent Offending And Alexithymia.
  • Doctor of Psychology,  The Use And Potential Problems Of Neuropsychological Evidence In Australian Tort Litigation

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Social Science,  Understanding And Building Resilience With Art: A Socio-ecological Approach.
  • Doctor Of Psychology, Exploration Of Perceptions Of Justice Amongst Secondary Victims Of Sexual Crime
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  University Student Support Systems, Help- Seeking Behaviour And The Management Of Student Psychological Distress
  • Doctor Of Psychology, Mental Disorder Labelling As An Extralegal Variable In Mock Jury Deliberations
  • Doctor Of Psychology, The Effect Of Legal Judgements On Responsibility Taking Behaviour: An Exploratory Study
  • Doctor Of Psychology, Aims, Separation And Attitudinal Factors In Mediation: An Exploratory Investigation
  • Doctor Of Philosophy, Identifying Ways Of Enhancing The Psychological Functioning In Victims Of Sexual Offences From Clinical And Justice System Management Perspectives
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Interrater Reliability Of Insight Assessment For Patients With Psychoses.
  • Doctor Of Psychology, Father Role Identity: An Exploration Of The Construct And Its Measurement
  • Doctor Of Psychology, An Examination Of Fathers' Satisfaction With The Legal System: Exploring The Concept In Relation To Fathers' Experience With The Family Law Courts Of Western Australia
  • Doctor of Psychology,  An Examination Of Parental Child Sex Offenders: Victim Profile, Recidivism And Treatment Needs
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Work-related Exposure To Child Exploitation Material: The Experiences Of Western Australian Digital Forensic Officers And Their Spouses
  • Doctor Of Philosophy, Intergenerational Transfer Of Violence? The Self-report Of Physical Abuse In Childhood Among Violent And Non-violent Imprisoned Offenders
  • Doctor Of Psychology, Mock Jurors' Judgement Of The Victim, Crime And Defendant As A Function Of Victime Race And Deliberation
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