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Dr Adrian Scott

Research Fellow

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5407, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2.306B
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5407
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5894
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.306B  


Adrian is a lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities and Associate Director of the Sellenger Centre for Research in Law, Justice and Social Change.

Current teaching

  • CRI1102 - Quantitative Research Methods in Criminology and Justice.
  • CRI1105 - Psychology of Criminal Justice


Adrian joined the Sellenger Centre for Research in Law, Justice and Social Change as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in 2009. Prior to this appointment, he worked as a Psychology Officer/Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath, UK, for five years.

Adrian has a broad interest in Forensic and Criminological Psychology, specialising in the areas of perceptions of stalking, investigative interviewing and eyewitness testimony.

Professional associations

  • American Psychology-Law Society
  • Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
  • British Psychological Society
  • European Association of Psychology and Law.


  • Master Science in Applied Forensic Psychology with Distincti, England, 2009.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, England, 2004.
  • Master of Science in Social Research, England, 1999.
  • Bacelor of Scirence, Psychology and Sociology, England, 1998.


Recent Research Grants

  • Operation Turning Point,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2016 - 2019,  $9,394.
  • The Validity of WA Police Driver Training ,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2016 - 2019,  $36,098.
  • Operation Communique,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2016 - 2018,  $10,987.
  • Investigating the provision of Glock-22 carbine frames and first-aid trauma kits to all frontline WA police officers,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2016 - 2017,  $55,774.
  • International Perceptions of Stalking and Responsibility: The Influence of the Perpetrator-Victim Relationship, Severity of Behaviour, Perpetrator-Victim Sex and Domestic Situation,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $22,710.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Tudor-Owen, J., Scott, A., (2016), Interviewing witnesses in Australia. International Developments and Practices in Investigative Interviewing and Interrogation, 1(31), 73-86, Oxon, Routledge.
  • Dooley, J., Scott, A., (2013), Online social networking behaviours, cyber bullying, mental health and behavioural functioning in Australian students. From cyber bullying to cyber safety: Issues and approaches in educational contexts, 117-130, Hauppauge, NY, Nova Science Publishers.

Journal Articles

  • Scott, A., Gavin, J., (2018), Revenge pornography: the influence of perpetrator-victim sex, observer sex and observer sexting experience on perceptions of seriousness and responsibility. Journal of Criminal Psychology, 8(2), 162-172, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/JCP-05-2017-0024.
  • Sheridan, LP., Scott, A., Campbell, AM., (2018), Perceptions and experiences of intrusive behaviour and stalking: Comparing LGBTIQ and heterosexual groups. Journal of Interpersonal Violence: concerned with the study and treatment of victims and perpetrators of physical and sexual violence, X(X), X, Thousand Oaks, USA, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/0886260516651313.
  • Weissofner, N., Henry, P., Scott, A., (2017), A preliminary examination of the effect of Operation Turning Point Western Australia: An evidence based policing strategy. Police Science: Australia and New Zealand Journal of Evidence Based Policing, 2(1), 30-35, Melbourne, Victoria, Emergency Media.
  • Sheridan, L., Scott, A., Archer, J., Roberts, K., (2017), Female undergraduate’s perceptions of intrusive behavior in 12 countries. Aggressive Behavior, 43(6), 531-543, New Jersey, USA, John Wiley & Sons, DOI: 10.1002/ab.21711.
  • Sheridan, L., Scott, A., Nixon, K., (2016), Police officer perceptions of harassment in England and Scotland. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 21(1), 1-14, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/lcrp.12049.
  • Sheridan, L., Scott, A., Roberts, K., (2016), Young women's experiences of intrusive behaviour in 12 countries. Aggressive Behavior, 42(1), 41-53, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/ab.21604.
  • Gavin, J., Scott, A., (2016), The influence of the sex of and prior relationship between the perpetrator and victim on perceptions of stalking: A qualitative analysis. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 23(5), 716-732, Oxon, UK, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2016.1142933.
  • Rajakaruna, N., Henry, P., Scott, A., (2015), A necessary safety net: use of a confidential internal telephone line to report unethical behaviour. Police Practice and Research: an international journal, 16(5), 431-443, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2014.932695.
  • Tudor-Owen, J., Scott, A., Henry, P., Bull, R., (2015), Starting from scratch: Planning practices of police recruits in Western Australia. Australasian Policing, 7(2), 3-9, Melbourne, VIC, Australasian Institute of Policing Inc..
  • Sheridan, L., Scott, A., (2015), Discriminating approachers and non-approachers: Can knowledge from research within a public figure context be extrapolated to a community context?. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management, 2(2), 88-97, Washington, USA, American Psychological Association, DOI: 10.1037/tam0000041.
  • Scott, A., Tudor-Owen, J., Pedretti, P., Bull, R., (2015), How intuitive is PEACE? Newly recruited police officers' plans, interviews and self-evaluations. Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 22(3), 355-367, Oxon, UK, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2014.949397.
  • Pereira, F., Matos, M., Sheridan, L., Scott, A., (2015), Perceptions and personal experiences of unwanted attention among Portuguese male students. Psychology, Crime and Law, 21(4), 398-411, Abingdon, UK, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2014.989167.
  • Scott, A., Rajakaruna, N., Sheridan, L., Gavin, J., (2015), International perceptions of relational stalking: The influence of prior relationship, perpetrator sex, target sex and participant sex. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(18), 3308-3323, Thousand Oaks, USA, Sage Publications Inc, DOI: 10.1177/0886260514555012.
  • Sheridan, L., North, A., Scott, A., (2014), Experiences of stalking in same-sex and opposite-sex contexts. Violence and Victims, 29(6), 1014-1028, DOI: 10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-13-00072.
  • Sheridan, L., Scott, A., North, A., (2014), Stalking and age. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management, 1(4), 262-273, Washington, USA, American Psychological Association, DOI: 10.1037/tam0000023.
  • Harwood, J., Dooley, J., Scott, A., Joiner, R., (2014), Constantly connected - The effects of smart-devices on mental health. Computers in Human Behavior, 34(2014), 267-272, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2014.02.006.
  • Scott, A., Rajakaruna, N., Sheridan, L., (2014), Framing and perceptions of stalking: the influence of conduct severity and the perpetrator-target relationship. Psychology, Crime and Law, 20(3), 242-260, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2013.770856.
  • Scott, A., Gavin, J., Sleath, E., Sheridan, L., (2014), The attribution of responsibility in cases of stalking. Psychology, Crime and Law, 20(7), 705-721, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2013.854793.
  • Scott, A., Rajakaruna, N., Sheridan, L., Sleath, E., (2014), International perceptions of stalking and responsibility: The influence of prior relationship and severity of behavior. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 41(2), 220-236, DOI: 10.1177/0093854813500956.
  • Scott, A., Nixon, K., Sheridan, L., (2013), The influence of prior relationship on perceptions of stalking: A comparison of laypersons, nonspecialist police officers and specialist police officers. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 40(12), 1434-1448, DOI: 10.1177/0093854813494183.
  • Scott, A., Pedretti, P., Tudor-Owen, J., Bull, R., (2013), Are newly recruited police officers blank slates? An examination of the 'natural' interviewing skills of untrained recruits in Western Australia. Australasian Policing, 5(2), 25-28, Australia, Australasian Institute of Policing.
  • Duff, SC., Scott, A., (2013), Understanding perceptions of stalking: the impact of additional contextual information regarding the breakdown of relationships. Journal of Criminal Psychology, 3(2), 136-144, DOI: 10.1108/JCP-09-2012-0005.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Written Plans And Self-evaluations In Investigative Interviews With Witnesses
  • Master of Criminal Justice by Research,  Perceptions Of Stalking: The Influence Of Perpetrator Mental Disorder Diagnosis, Target-perpetrator Gender, And Perpetrator Persistence

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Psychology,  The Responsibility Of Young People And The Vicarious Responsibility Of Their Parents: A Vignette Study Investigating The Influence Of Perpetrator Age And Victim Harm On Public Attributions Of Criminal And General Responsibility
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