BA (Hons) - Flinders University 

Grad Dip Psy Prac - University of South Australia 

MSc (Inv Psy) - University of Liverpool, UK 

MPsy (Clin) - Flinders University 

PhD - Flinders University 

My initial training was in Organisational Psychology and my early background is human
resource management where I gained experience in recruitment, selection, training,
personnel development, and project management. I have provided on-call critical incident
stress debriefing following trauma for correctional staff and emergency services
personnel, as well as worked for the Australian Defence Force providing psychology
services and advice to command concerning mental health issues relevant to serving

For the first decade of my career, in addition to management consulting, I assisted
injured workers to return to work under State and Federal worker's compensation
schemes (vocational rehabilitation). Subsequently, I moved into the area of Clinical
Psychology and, later, into Forensic Psychology, training in criminal behaviour analysis
(profiling) and specialising in the psychology of deliberate fire setting. I currently
conduct a successful private practice in Northern NSW, providing a range of forensic
clinical psychology services, working with individuals. 


Variations in the offence actions of deliberate firesetters: A cross-national analysis (with Katarina Fritzon and Kerrilee Hollows), International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology (2013)

Copycat firesetting: Bridging two research areas (with Claire Ferguson and Ray Surette), Criminal Justice and Behavior (2013)

Antisocial personality disorder and therapeutic justice court programs (with Andrew Cannon, Claire Ferguson, and Nathan Brooks), Journal of Judicial Administration (2012)

The multi-trajectory theory of adult firesetting (M-TTAF) (with Therese A. Gannon, Caoilte Ó Ciardha, and Emma Alleyne), Aggression and violent behavior (2011)

Juvenile fire-setting: A review of treatment programs (with Katarina Fritzon, Mairead Dolan, and Troy E. McEwan), Psychology, Psychiatry and Law (2011)


A snapshot of serial arson in Australia, A snapshot of serial arson in Australia (2009)

Book Chapters

Profiling arson (with Katarina Fritzon and Ryan Bell), Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (2014)

What works in reducing arson-related offending (with Katarina Fritzon and Fiona Clark), What works in offender rehabilitation: An evidence-based approach to assessment and treatment (2013)

Assessment of firesetters (with Bruce D. Watt), Firesetting and mental health: Theory, research and practice (2012)

Bushfire and wildfire arson: Arson risk assessment in the Australian context (with Troy E. McEwan and Mairead Dolan), Firesetting and mental health: Theory, research and practice (2012)

Power and excitement in arson: The case of firefighter arson (with Kenneth R. Fineman), Firesetting and mental health: Theory, research and practice (2012)

Popular Press

Arsonists in our midst, Security solutions magazine (2009)


The Use of Fire in Australian Homicide Cases: A Link to MTTAF and the Action Systems Framework (with Bruce Watt and Claire Ferguson), Research Week Posters (2012)