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Dr Greg Dear

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5052, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO30.208
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5052
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5834
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.208  


Greg is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Coordinator of the Forensic Psychology courses within the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current Teaching

  • Forensic coursework and placement units in the DPsych and Graduate Certificate courses.
  • Coordination of Forensic Psychology Courses: Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic); Graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology; PhD (forensic psychology).


Worked as a clinical psychologist in the alcohol and other drug field, in prisons, in family therapy settings, and in mental health settings. Conducted forensic evaluations in many courts and other tribunals in Australia (criminal, civil, and administrative), predominantly in the Children’s Court (child-protection litigation) and the Family Court of Western Australia.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
  • Member of the APS College of Forensic Psychologists (Currently National Deputy Chair of the College, and Course Approvals Officer).
  • Member of Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL).
  • Member of the Australian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD).

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • Postgraduate Teaching Award – Faculty Award

Research Areas and Interests

  • Psychological expert evidence in courts and other tribunals.
  • Substance use and parenting.
  • Family violence.
  • Child maltreatment.
  • Psychological evaluations of parenting capacity.
  • Forensic evaluation and investigation methods in psychology.
  • Personality assessment.
  • Suicide and other self-harming behaviour in prison.


  • PhD, Curtin University of Technology.
  • Bachelor of Psychology, The University of Western Australia.
  • Master of Psychology, The University of Western Australia, 1986.


Recent Research Grants

  • Intimate Partner Abuse of Men,  Lotterywest,  Grant,  2008 - 2010,  $93,517.
  • Balancing drug use against parenting responsibilities: The challenge faced by mums who use amphetamines,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2004 - 2008,  $14,000.
  • Victims' voices in Family Violence Courts: Developing innovative best-practice models,  Edith Cowan University,  Grant - Collaborative Research,  2005 - 2008,  $75,947.
  • A suicide Prevention and Education Programme for Undergraduate University students,  Department of Health,  Grant,  2002 - 2005,  $14,610.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Eaton, K., Ohan, J., Dear, G., (2015), The stigmatisation of the provision of services for alcohol and other drug users: A systematic literature review. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 22(1), 19-25, DOI: 10.3109/09687637.2014.977230.
  • Galloghly, D., Dear, G., Jablensky, A., (2013), Reliability of clinical judgements of insight in patients with psychoses. Psychiatry Research, 208(3), 291-292, Ireland, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2013.03.016.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Faking Good On The Mcmi-iii And Mcmi-iv
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Experiences Of Adult Siblings Of Illicit Drug Users
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Connection Between Drug Use And Crime In Western Australia
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Domestic Violence: Treatment Within A Therapeutic Community.
  • Doctor of Psychology,  An Examination Of Parental Child Sex Offenders: Victim Profile, Recidivism And Treatment Needs
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An Examination Of Social Desirablility Confounds In A New Ipsative Measure Of Murray's Psychogenic Needs.
  • Doctor of Psychology,  A Tool For Evaluating The Quality Of Psychological Reports On Personal Injury Claimants
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Best Interests Of The Child Principle In The Context Of Parent Separation Or Divorce: As Conceptualised By The Community.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Perceived Harms And Benefits Of Parental Cannabis Use, And Parents' Reports Regarding Harm-reduction Strategies
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Interrater Reliability Of Insight Assessment For Patients With Psychoses.

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Male Victims Of Intimate Partner Abuse: Experiences Of Disclosure And Help-seeking

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Cognitive Reactivity: Evidence Of A Regulatory Mechanism That Compensates For Dysphoric Mood And Mediates Depression Vulnerability.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An Examination Of The Relationship Between Positive Psychological Functioning And Depression
  • Master of Criminal Justice,  Discrepencies In Intimate Violence Reporting For Men And Women's Violence: A Meta-analysis.
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