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Dr Ricks Allan


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5048, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO30.123
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5048
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.123  


Ricks is a Lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities and has teaching and research supervision responsibilities and also manages the Psychological Test Library.

Current Teaching

Teaching Psychological Assessment (PSY5197) to 5th year students.


Ricks has worked for a life insurance company for 20 years - in the actuarial, product development, human resources and management information areas.

Ricks has been working at ECU since 1998 with responsibilities in the areas indicated above.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2001: Award of Excellence in Postgraduate Support. Postgraduate and Honours Student Association of Edith Cowan University, Perth.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Apology and Forgiveness
  • Developmental assessment of children
  • Psychometric properties of psychological tests.


  • Doctor Philosophiae, South Africa, 1992.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • 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, Nova Science Publishers.

Journal Articles

  • Strickland, J., Allan, A., Allan, R., (2017), The acceptance of apologies: in the Corrective Process: Implications for research and practice. Onati Socio-Legal Series, 7(3), 421-436, Onati International Institute for the Sociology of law.
  • Strickland, J., Parry, CL., Allan, R., Allan, A., (2017), Alexithymia amongst perpetrators of violent offences in Australia: Implications for rehabilitation. Australian Psychologist, 52(1), 230-237, United Kingdom, Taylor and Francis, DOI: 10.1111/ap.12187.
  • Allan, A., Strickland, J., Allan, R., (2017), Interpersonal apologies: A psychological perspective of why they might work in law?. Onati Socio-Legal Series, 7(3), 390-407, Onati, Spain, Onati International Institute for the Sociology of law.
  • Allan, A., Allan, R., (2016), Psychologists’ collection and management of clients’ information: An ethico-legal perspective. Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 23(6), 826-841, Oxon, UK, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2016.1160745.
  • 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, Elsevier Ireland Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2015.06.001.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor Of Psychology, Father Role Identity: An Exploration Of The Construct And Its Measurement
  • Doctor Of Psychology, Mock Jurors' Judgements Of The Victim, Crime And Defendant As A Function Of Victim Race And Deliberation
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Nature Of The Association Between Male Violent Offending And Alexithymia.
  • Doctor of Psychology,  The Relationship Between Forgiveness, Anxiety, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Amongst Secondary Victims.
  • Doctor Of Psychology, Aims, Separation And Attitudinal Factors In Mediation: An Exploratory Investigation
  • Doctor Of Psychology, The Effect Of Legal Judgements On Responsibility Taking Behaviour: An Exploratory Study.
  • Doctor Of Psychology, Mental Disorder Labelling As An Extralegal Variable In Mock Jury Deliberations
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Risk Assessment And Western Australian Male Aboriginal Sexual And Violent Offenders
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Alexithymia In A Psychiatric Population: Stability And Relationship With Therapeutic Outcome.
  • 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,  The Lived Experience Of Non-offending Mothers In Cases Of Intra-familial Child Sexual Abuse: Towards A Preliminary Model Of Loss, Trauma And Recovery
  • 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 Impact Of Assessment On Repeat Deliberate Self-harm.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Requirement To Be Fit And Proper: What Does It Mean To Australian Psychologists?

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Faking Good On The Mcmi-iii And Mcmi-iv
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Male Victims Of Intimate Partner Abuse: Experiences Of Disclosure And Help-seeking
  • Doctor of Psychology,  A Brief Screening Instrument For Use By Lawyers To Assess The Capacity Of Older Clients With Memory Deficits.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Australian Psychologists' Perceptions And Experiences Of Client Threats.
  • 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,  An Examination Of Social Desirablility Confounds In A New Ipsative Measure Of Murray's Psychogenic Needs.
  • Doctor of Psychology,  The Use And Potential Problems Of Neuropsychological Evidence In Australian Tort Litigation
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