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Dr Nina Papalia

Research Fellow - Childrens Court Clinic (CCC) Project


Nina is an early career researcher at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and a registered clinical forensic psychologist at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare). She holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from Monash University and she completed her Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology) at Swinburne University of Technology in 2017. She conducts research at the interface of child maltreatment, mental health, justice involvement, and violence reduction. She has particular interest and expertise in the criminal justice and health outcomes of children who endure abuse, neglect and exposure to domestic violence. Dr Papalia was awarded the 2018 Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists Student Prize, the 2018 Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers Fay Honey Knopp Award, and a 2020 Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship.

Research interests

violence intervention; family violence; victimisation; forensic mental health; child maltreatment; adolescent antisocial behaviour

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

  • Forensic Psychology - 520103


Also published as: Papalia, Nina; Papalia, N.; Papalia, Giovanna; Papalia, G.; Papalia, N. L.; Papalia, Nina L.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: Child victims: Providing protection from re-victimisation and offending *; ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
  • 2021: Exploring the transition from youth to adult offending - A 10 year follow-up of Australian young people in custody. *; Australian Institute of Criminology Research Grants
  • 2020: Emergency department presentations for mental illness, substance use, and self-harm among family violence victims and perpetrators: Identifying opportunities for prevention. *; 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)
  • 2018: RFQ Submission - Adolescent Violence Intervention Programs *; Department of Justice and Regulation Fund Scheme

* Chief Investigator

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