Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science

About us

The Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science provides a core capacity of academic and clinical excellence in forensic mental health research and practice.

We bring together academics, clinicians, researchers and students from a variety of disciplines in a stimulating, rewarding and exciting environment.

What does the centre do?

The aims of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science are:

  • to understand, predict and ultimately reduce offending and violence by people with mental illness or problem behaviours
  • to improve the legal system through empirical research and policy analysis
  • to create a vibrant culture of learning and research in the forensic mental health and behavioural science sectors.

Inter-disciplinary and collaborative

Our researchers represent many disciplines, including psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work, law, occupational therapy and epidemiology.

We harness additional expertise through our affiliations and collaborations. Our partners include the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare), Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria and international experts in forensic behavioural science.

Translating research into best practice

We focus on transferring academic and clinical excellence into practice in the health, community services and criminal justice sectors.

Our staff have developed training and professional development programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals working in the courts, policing, correctional justice and forensic mental health service sectors.

Our research, training and consultation have strengthened the field of forensic behavioural science in Australia and overseas.

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 in which law enforcement, courts and criminal justice systems identify and manage offenders.