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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 Arts and Humanities.

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.
  • Philosophiae Doctor in Psychology, South Africa, 1996.
  • Master of Arts, South Africa, 1990.
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours, South Africa, 1990.
  • Bachelor of Laws, 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.
  • Why Women's Economic Empowerment in Asia: Psychosocial and Anthropological Factors?,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $19,953.
  • What criteria do Family consultants consider when deciding to conduct a Child Inclusive Conference in the FCWA?,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $6,088.
  • 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, Inter-Ed.

Book Chapters

  • Allan, A., (2017), A principled approach to ethical issues for psychologists in prisons and secure settings. The Routledge International handbook of forensic psychology in secure settings, 269-282, London, United Kingdom, Routledge.
  • Allan, A., Davidson, D., (2015), Respectful professional behaviour: What does it mean?. Ethics and Professional Practice for Psychologists, 25-39, Cengage Learning, Victoria Australia, Cengage Learning.
  • Allan, A., (2015), Psychologists and the courts: Ethical issues. Ethics and Professional Practice for Psychologists, 103-110, Cengage Learning, Victoria Australia, Cengage Learning.
  • 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., Martin, K., Allan, A., Allan, R., (2018), An Explanation of Apology Acceptance Based on Lay Peoples’ Insights. Interpersona , 12(1), 68-90, Germany, PsychOpen, DOI: 10.5964/ijpr.v12i1.286.
  • Allan, A., (2018), Moral challenges for psychologists working in psychology and law. Psychiatry Psychology and Law, N/a(N/a), n/a, Oxon, UK, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2018.1473173.
  • Preece, D., Becerra, R., Robinson, K., Dandy, J., Allan, A., (2018), The psychometric assessment of alexithymia: Development and validation of the Perth Alexithymia Questionnaire. Personality and Individual Differences, 132(1 October), 32-44, NYC, NY, USA, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2018.05.011.
  • Allan, A., (2018), Applying research findings to enhance pre-practicum ethics training. Ethics and Behavior, article in press(article in press), pp. 18, Philadelphia, USA, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/10508422.2017.1313705.
  • Preece, D., Becerra, R., Allan, A., Robinson, K., Dandy, J., (2017), Establishing the theoretical components of alexithymia via factor analysis: Introduction and validation of the attention-appraisal model of alexithymia. Personality and Individual Differences, 119(December 2017), 341-352, Oxford, United Kingdom, Pergamon press, DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.08.003.
  • Banham, V., Allan, A., Bergman, J., Jau, J., (2017), Acknowledging Children's Voice and Participation in Family Courts: Criteria that Guide Western Australian Court Consultants. Social Inclusion, 5(3), 155-163, Lisbon, Portugal, Cogitatio Press, DOI: 10.17645/si.v5i3.964.
  • Patterson, L., Allan, A., Cross, D., (2017), Adolescent perceptions of bystanders' responses to cyberbullying. New Media and Society, 19(3), 366-383, London, United Kingdom, Sage Publications Ltd., DOI: 10.1177/1461444815606369.
  • Allan, A., Carroll, R., (2017), Apologies in a legal setting: Insights from research into injured parties’ experiences of apologies after an adverse event. Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 24(1), 10-32, Oxon, UK, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2016.1196511.
  • Carroll, R., Allan, A., Halsmith, M., (2017), Apologies, mediation and the law: Resolution of civil disputes. Onati Socio-Legal Series, 7(3), 569-600, Spain, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Banham, V., Allan, A., Bergman, J., Jau, J., (2017), Acknowledging Children’s Voice and Participation in Family Courts: Criteria that Guide Western Australian Court Consultants. Social Inclusion, 5(3), 155-163, Lisbon, Portugal, Cogitatio Press, DOI: 10.17645/si.v5i3.964.
  • Patterson, L., Allan, A., Cross, D., (2016), Adolescent bystander behaviour in the school and online environments and the implications for interventions targeting cyberbullying. Journal of School Violence, 16(4), 361-375, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/15388220.2016.1143835.
  • Patterson, L., Allan, A., Cross, D., (2016), Adolescent bystanders’ perspectives of aggression in the online versus school environments. Journal of Adolescence, 49(2016), 60-67, Kidlington, Oxford, Academic Press, DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2016.02.003.
  • 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.
  • 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, Taylor & Francis Ltd, DOI: 10.3109/02699052.2015.1104552.
  • 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, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, DOI: 10.11144/Javeriana.upsy14-3.errp.
  • Allan, A., (2015), Ethics in psychology and law: An international perspective. Ethics and Behavior, 25(6), 443-457, Philadelphia, USA, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/10508422.2014.952006.
  • 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.
  • Allan, A., Grisso, T., (2014), Ethical principles and the communication of forensic mental health assessments. Ethics and Behavior, 24(6), 467-477, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/10508422.2014.880346.
  • 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, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1111/ap.12012.
  • 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, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-9544.2012.00079.x.
  • 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, Scientific Research, DOI:

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,  Factors Influencing Young Bystanders' Decisions To Intervene When Witnessing Cyber-aggression: A Mixed Methods Exploration
  • 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 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 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

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Faking Good On The Mcmi-iii And Mcmi-iv
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