The Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science provides academic and clinical excellence in forensic mental health research and practice. We bring together academics, clinicians, researchers and students from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work, law, occupational therapy and epidemiology. Our research, consulting services and professional development and training programs have strengthened the field of forensic behavioural science in Australia and overseas.
A key focus of our work is to transfer academic and clinical excellence into practice in the health, community services and criminal justice sectors. Our aims include:
- understanding, predicting and reducing offending and violence by people with mental illness or problem behaviours
- improving the legal system through empirical research and policy analysis
- creating a vibrant culture of learning and research in the forensic mental health and behavioural science sectors.
We harness additional expertise through our affiliations and collaborations. In particular, we have a strong partnership with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare), serving as Forensicare’s research and training arm. We also have a long record of collaborating with other general and forensic mental health and correctional services, as well as international experts.