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Dr Janet Ruffles

Senior Research Fellow, Industry Linked Consultation, Research and Evaluation


Dr Janet Ruffles is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science. She is trained as both a lawyer and clinical forensic psychologist, and has worked across a range of forensic mental health settings, both as a forensic psychologist and corporate lawyer. Her current work focuses on consultation, research and evaluation, and she has collaborated on a range of service evaluations across health and correctional settings, contributing research skills, and psychological and legal expertise. Her research interests include the interface between criminal justice and mental health, with particular focus on laws related to the management of mentally ill offenders.

Research interests

Forensic Psychology; Intersection between law and mental health; Mental impairment and unfitness to be tried

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Legal Systems - 480500
  • Forensic Psychology - 520103


Also published as: Ruffles, Janet; Ruffles, J.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: Evidence-based interventions for justice-involved young people with a cognitive disability *; Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
  • 2024: Youth Support Service review and advice *; YSAS PTY LTD FUND SCHEME
  • 2023: Risk Framework - Assertive Outreach and Case Management pilot program *; Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
  • 2022: RFQ: Provision of Sexualised Behaviour Training for Youth Justice Staff *; Department of Justice and Community Safety
  • 2021: Evaluation services for the Embedded Youth Outreach Program *; Victoria Police (for Contracts)
  • 2017: QLD Forensic Disability Service Review *; Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

* Chief Investigator

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