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Dr Nina Papalia

Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (ARC DECRA) Fellow


Dr. Nina Papalia is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Forensic Psychology and an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellow in the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University of Technology. Formerly, she held the prestigious appointment of Visiting Fulbright Scholar within the Department of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Dr. Papalia’s scholarship focusses on two interrelated areas: understanding and ameliorating the effects of childhood maltreatment and other traumatic exposures on children’s development, particularly the effects on survivors' later involvement in offending and violence; and improving prevention and intervention services targeting young people involved in, or at risk of involvement in, the child protection and justice systems.

Dr. Papalia was awarded the 2021 Swinburne Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence (Early Career) Award, the 2022 School of Health Sciences Award for Emerging Outstanding Researcher, and in 2022, she was the recipient of an Internationally Competitive Trainee Award for Early Career Scholars in Child Abuse & Neglect. In 2018, she received awards from the Australian Psychological Society and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers for her work on the long-term impacts of child sexual abuse. Dr. Papalia is also a registered clinical forensic psychologist, with experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in court, correctional, general clinical, and forensic mental health settings.

Research interests

Forensic Psychology; family violence; forensic mental health; child maltreatment; child sexual abuse; youth justice; youth antisocial behaviour; child protection; youth offending; trauma

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

  • 2024: Applying a Trauma-Informed Lens to Understand Pathways into Adolescent Family Violence Use: Expanding the Evidence Base to Inform Prevention and Effective Intervention *; ANROWS Research Priorities Grants
  • 2023: Enhancing risk assessment practice at the Victorian Children’s Court Clinic *; Victorian Legal Services Board Grants Program
  • 2023: Violence Perpetration: Profiling, Prediction and Prevention *; NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence
  • 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)
  • 2020: Evaluation of the Children’s Court Clinic *; Court Services Victoria
  • 2018: RFQ Submission - Adolescent Violence Intervention Programs *; Department of Justice and Regulation (Vic)

* Chief Investigator

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