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. 

What is forensic behavioural science?

Forensic behavioural science concerns the study of the relationship between human behaviour and offending, including:

  • understanding how criminal behaviour is produced and what might be done to prevent such behaviour 
  • informing practice in the field of forensic mental health 
  • assisting professionals responsible for the assessment and treatment of the mentally disordered whose behaviour has led, or could lead, to offending 
  • influencing the way that law enforcement, courts and criminal justice systems identify and manage offenders. 

How does our centre operate?

We have a strong partnership with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare), serving as Forensicare’s research and training arm.

Organisational arrangements for the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Forensicare.
  • Catalyst Consortium

    We received a grant from the Victorian Corrections Minister in 2017 to establish the Catalyst Consortium, conducting research into serious violent and sexual offending and establishing a partnership between leading researchers, clinical leaders and correctional/forensic mental health partner organisations to systematically address persistent violence and sexual offending. 

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Forensic Mental Health Professional Development Programs

  • Research
    • Research Impact
    • Law
    • Psychology

    Psychological assessments in legal contexts: Are Australian courts screening out 'junk science'?

    Judges in Australia are not required to screen the reliability of expert evidence, but Australian courts overall could have higher-quality psychological evidence that U.S. courts. What could Australia and the U.S. learn from each other's approach?

  • Research
    • Research Impact
    • Psychology

    Understanding and assessing young people at risk of violence

    This workshop provides an understanding of the risk factors for violence in young people and discusses the implications for assessment and management. 

    Mon 28 February
    9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
    The Paul Mullen Centre
    AUD$375 + GST
    Register now (Understanding and assessing young people at risk of violence)
  • Research
    • Research Impact
    • Psychology

    Dealing with angry and hard to like clients

    This workshop is for anyone who comes into contact with angry and aggressive people and covers techniques to manage these encounters.

    Thu 3 March
    9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
    The Paul Mullen Centre
    AUD$175 + GST
    Register now (Dealing with angry and hard to like clients)

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Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science
Level 1, 582 Heidelberg Road
Alphington, 3078

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Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science
Level 1, 582 Heidelberg Road
Alphington, 3078

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There are many ways to engage with us. Whether you’re a student, from the media or an organisation interested in our professional development and training programs or consulting services, contact us on +61 3 9214 3887 or via

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