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Professor Michael Daffern

Professor, Clinical Forensic Psychology
PhD, UniSA, Australia; Masters of Psychology (Clinical), Uni of Newcastle, Australia; Bachelor of Science (Psychology), UNSW, Australia


Professor Michael Daffern is Director of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science. His research interests focus on understanding criminal behaviour, particularly aggression and violence, and in the assessment and treatment of people who have offended. A clinical psychologist by training, Professor Daffern has worked in prisons and in general and forensic mental health services since 1992.

Professor Daffern also has an appointment as Consultant Principal Psychologist with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare). He is former chair of the Australian Psychological Society College of Forensic Psychologists, and was awarded the Distinguished Contribution in Forensic Psychology award from the Australian Psychological Society in 2013. In 2015, he was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society.

Research interests

Forensic psychology; Violence; Offender rehabilitation and assessment

Fields of Research

  • Social And Personality Psychology Not Elsewhere Classified - 520599
  • Other Psychology Not Elsewhere Classified - 529999


Also published as: Daffern, Michael; Daffern, M.; Daffern, M. D.; Daffern, Michael D.
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