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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

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

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


  • 2015, National, Fellow of the APS, APS
  • 2011, National, Distinguished Contribution Award, APS College of Forensic Psychologists


Also published as: Daffern, Michael; Daffern, M.; Daffern, M. D.; Daffern, Michael D.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 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: Review the Victorian Fixated Threat Assessment Centre’s Joint Extracted De-Identified database (JEDI). *; Victoria Police (for Grants)
  • 2021: Validating a risk assessment instrument to identify patients at risk of deliberate self-harm to assist nurses to intervene early *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2020: Evaluation of New and Enhanced Service Responses to Youth Sexual Violence and Abuse (RFQ) *; Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (Qld)
  • 2020: Interaction of People with Disability and the Justice System *; Department of Social Services
  • 2020: RFQ - Review of the Countering Violent Extremism in School Initiatives *; Australian Government Department of Education
  • 2019: 20/20 Draft Project Concept Phase *; Department of Justice and Community Safety
  • 2019: Best Practice Toolkit for Dealing with Occupational Violence and Aggression in Rural Health Services (The Code Grey Project) *; SmartRuralHealthNetwork_PT
  • 2019: Evaluation of the YSS/AYSS (Youth Support Service/Aboriginal Youth Support Service Evaluation Requirements) *; Department of Justice and Community Safety
  • 2019: Review of Adolescent Sexual Offending Services (RFQ) *; Department of Youth Justice (Qld)
  • 2019: Turning the Tide on Prison Violence *; Endeavour Fund
  • 2018: Request for Quote - Validation of National Tools *; Department of Home Affairs, Commonwealth of Australia
  • 2018: RFQ Submission - Adolescent Violence Intervention Programs *; Department of Justice and Regulation Fund Scheme
  • 2017: Development of Reintegration Assessment package for Corrections Victoria *; Corrections Victoria
  • 2016: An evaluation of the case management model (in particular the application of the GLM) for serious sex offenders in Victoria. *; Corrections Victoria
  • 2016: Evaluation of Programs for Serious Violent Offenders  *; Corrections Victoria
  • 2016: Standardising the use of physical restraint RFQ C4905 *; Auckland University of Technology
  • 2014: Development of Individual Intervention Service Delivery Model (IISDM) *; Corrections Victoria
  • 2010: Recognising, assessing, and managing high risk stalking behavior: An evidence-based approach *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator

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