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Professor Alfred Allan


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 was a member of the inaugural Psychologists Board of Australia and is 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 organisations 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 - 2021,  $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)

Book Chapters

  • Allan, A., (2019), Being ethical psychologists in coercive settings. The Wiley International Handbook of Correctional Psychology, 30-44, Hoboken, United States of America, John Wiley & Sons.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • Allan, A., (2020), Structuring the debate about research ethics in the psychology and law field: An international perspective. Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 27(3), 397-411, Oxon, UK, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2020.1742243.
  • Preece, DA., Becarra, R., Allan, A., Robinson, K., Chen, W., Hasking, P., Gross, J., (2020), Assessing alexithymia: Psychometric properties of the Perth Alexithymia Questionnaire and 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale in United States adults. Personality and Individual Differences, 166(November 2020), Article number 110138, United Kingdom, DOI:
  • Preece, D., Becerra, R., Robinson, K., Allan, A., Boyes, M., Chen, W., Hasking, P., Gross, J., (2020), What is alexithymia? Using factor analysis to establish its latent structure and relationship with fantasizing and emotional reactivity. Journal of Personality, 88(6), 1162-1176, United States, DOI: 10.1111/jopy.12563.
  • Allan, A., Allan, R., (2020), Ethical issues when working with terminally ill people who desire to hasten the ends of their lives: a western perspective. Ethics and Behavior, 30(1), 28-44, DOI:
  • Preece, D., Parry, C., Allan, R., Allan, A., (2020), Assessing alexithymia in forensic settings: Psychometric properties of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale in a sample of incarcerated adult offenders. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, Online(Online), Online, DOI:
  • Spiranovic, C., Ferrante, , A., Buscot, M., Griffith, K., Allan, A., Wong, S., Tubex, H., Morgan, F., (2020), The promises and perils of developing a national sex offender recidivism database in Australia. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 32(3), 359-367, DOI: 10.1080/10345329.2020.1807701.
  • Denault, V., Plusquellec, P., Jupe, L., St-Yves, M., Dunbar, N., Hartwig, M., Sporer, S., Rioux-Turcotte, J., Jarry, J., Walsh, D., Otgaar, H., Viziteu, A., Talwar, V., Keatley, D., Blandón-Gitlin, I., Townson, C., Deslauriers-Varin, N., Lilienfeld, S., Patterson, M., Areh, I., Allan, A., Cameron, H., Boivin, R., Ten Brinke, L., Masip, J., Bull, R., Cyr, M., Hope, L., Strömwall, L., Bennett, S., Al Menaiya, F., Leo, R., Vredeveldt, A., Laforest, M., Honts, C., Manzanero, A., Mann, S., Granhag, P., Ask, K., Gabbert, F., Coutant, A., Hancock, J., Manusov, V., Burgoon, J., Kleiman, S., Wright, G., Landström, S., Freckelton, I., Vernham, Z., Van Koppen, P., (2020), The analysis of nonverbal communication: The dangers of pseudoscience in security and justice context. Anuario de Psicología Jurídica, 30(1), 1-12, DOI:
  • Parry, C., Preece, D., Allan, R., Allan, A., (2020), Alexithymia in non-violent offenders. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, Online(Online), Online, DOI:
  • Allan, A., Parry, C., Tubex, H., Spiranovic, C., Morgan, F., (2020), Forensic experts’ perspectives on Australian Indigenous Sexual Offenders and factors important in evaluating the risk of recidivism. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, Online(Online), Online.
  • Allan, A., Parry, C., Ferrante, A., Gillies, C., Griffiths, C., Morgan, F., Spiranovic, C., Smallbone, S., Tubex, H., Wong, S., (2019), Assessing the Risk of Australian Indigenous Sexual Offenders Reoffending: A Review of the Research Literature and Court Decisions. Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 26(2), 274-294, Oxon, UK, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2018.1504242.
  • Wrightson-Hester, A., Allan, R., Allan, A., (2019), Nightlife patrons’ personal and descriptive norms regarding sexual behaviors. Ethics and Behavior, 29(6), 423-437, DOI: 10.1080/10508422.2018.1541744.
  • Allan, A., (2018), Applying research findings to enhance pre-practicum ethics training. Ethics and Behavior, 28(6), 465-482, Philadelphia, USA, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/10508422.2017.1313705.
  • Preece, D., Becerra, R., Robinson, K., Dandy, J., Allan, A., (2018), Measuring emotion regulation ability across negative and positive emotions: The Perth Emotion Regulation Competency Inventory (PERCI). Personality and Individual Differences, 135(1 December 2018), 229-241, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2018.07.025.
  • Allan, A., (2018), Moral challenges for psychologists working in psychology and law. Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 25(3), 485-499, Oxon, UK, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2018.1473173.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Patterson, L., Allan, A., Cross, D., (2017), 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Carroll, R., Allan, A., Halsmith, M., (2017), Apologies, mediation and the law: Resolution of civil disputes. Onati Socio-Legal Series, 7(3), 569-600.
  • Strickland, J., Parry, CL., Allan, R., Allan, A., (2017), Alexithymia amongst perpetrators of violent offences in Australia: Implications for rehabilitation. Australian Psychologist, 52(3), 230-237, United Kingdom, Taylor and Francis, DOI: 10.1111/ap.12187.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • 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,  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 mental capacity act of Singapore
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Intergenerational transfer of violence? The self-report of physical abuse in childhood among violent and non-violent imprisioned offenders.
  • 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 Philosophy, Identifying ways of enhancing the psychological functioning in victims of sexual offences from clinical and justice system management perspectives.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The nature of the association between male violent offending and alexithymia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Australian psychologists' perceptions and experiences of client threats.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Male victims of intimate partner abuse: Experiences of disclosure and help-seeking
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Risk assessment and Western Australian male Aboriginal sexual and violent offenders
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Factors influencing young bystanders' decisions to intervene when witnessing cyber-aggression: A mixed methods exploration
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Aboriginal perspectives about child sexual abuse: Informing the cultural dimension in sex offending theories for use with Aboriginal offenders
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Secondary victims' perceptions of justice: Implications for forensic psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology,  The relationship between forgiveness, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder amongst secondary victims.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The requirement to be fit and proper: What does it mean to Australian psychologists?
  • Doctor of Psychology,  The use and potential problems of neuropsychological evidence in Australian tort litigation

Co-principal Supervisor

  • 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 Philosophy, Identifying ways of enhancing the psychological functioning in victims of sexual offences from clinical and justice system management perspectives
  • 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, Mental disorder labelling as an extralegal variable in mock jury deliberations
  • Doctor of Psychology, Mock jurors' judgement of the victim, crime and defendant as a function of victime race and deliberation
  • 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,  An examination of parental child sex offenders: Victim profile, recidivism and treatment needs
  • Doctor of Psychology, Exploration of perceptions of justice amongst secondary victims of sexual crime
  • Doctor of Psychology, Father role identity: An exploration of the construct and its measurement
  • Master of Social Science,  Understanding and building resilience with art: A socio-ecological approach.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  University student support systems, help- seeking behaviour and the management of student psychological distress
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Work-related exposure to child exploitation material: The experiences of Western Australian digital forensic officers and their spouses
  • Doctor of Psychology,  Interrater reliability of insight assessment for patients with psychoses.

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Measuring emotional reactiity, alexithymia, and emotion regulation as clinically relevant emotional constructs: Theoretical considerations and the development of new psychometric measures
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Faking good on the mcmi-iii and mcmi-iv
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