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. 


The role of fear avoidance beliefs in return to work post-injury (with Bruce Watt, Lucas Ford, Sabrina Ong, Katarina Fritzon, Richard Hicks, and Tony Cacciola), Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation (2015)

Grandparents raising grandchildren: Investigating factors associated with distress among custodial grandparent (with Ryan Bell, Bruce Watt, and Hannah Simpson), Journal of Family Studies (2015)

Prevalence and correlates of firesetting behaviours among offending and non-offending youth (with Bruce Watt, Kerry Geritz, Tasneem Hasan, and Scott Harden), Legal and Criminological Psychology (2015)

Investigating the relationship between social support and durable return to work (with Bruce Watt, Lucas Ford, Sabrina Ong, Richard Hicks, Katarina Fritzon, and Tony Cacciola), Australasian Journal of Organisational Psychology (2015)

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)


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)