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Dr Adrian Scott

Adrian is an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities.


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

  • Validity of Use of Force Training,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2016 - 2021,  $36,098.
  • Operation Turning Point,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2016 - 2019,  $9,394.
  • 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

  • Scott, A., Rajakaruna, N., Handscomb, MA., Waterworth, GA., (2020), Public familiarity and understanding of stalking/harassment legislation in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Psycho-criminological approaches to stalking behavior: An international perspective, 17, Hoboken, USA, John Wiley & Sons.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • Sheridan, LP., Scott, A., Campbell, AM., (2019), Perceptions and Experiences of Intrusive Behavior 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, 34(7), 1388-1409, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/0886260516651313.
  • Tudor-Owen, J., Scott, A., Henry, P., Stratton, G., (2019), Perceptions of exonerees in Australia. Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 26(2), 206-218, Oxon, UK, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2018.1491015.
  • Rajakaruna, N., Henry, P., Scott, A., (2019), Misuse of police information systems: Predicting perceived likelihood of misuse among unsworn police employees. Policing (Oxford): a journal of policy and practice, 2019(Article in press), 1-15, DOI: 10.1093/police/paz034.
  • Powell, A., Henry, N., Flynn, A., Scott, A., (2019), Image-based sexual abuse: The extent, nature, and predictors of perpetration in a community sample of Australian residents. Computers in Human Behavior, 92(March 2019), 393-402, DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2018.11.009.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Written plans and self-evaluations in investigative interviews with witnesses
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Prisoner, prison and situational characteristics and their relationship with the prevalence, incidence and type of prison offending recorded by a sample of prisoners within Western Australian prisons
  • 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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