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Dr Nina Papalia

Research Fellow
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology), Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Bachelor of Psychology (Hons.), Monash University, Australia


Nina Papalia is a post-doctoral early career research fellow and clinical/forensic psychology registrar. She was awarded her Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours in 2011 from Monash University. She completed her Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology) at Swinburne University of Technology in 2017. Her doctoral thesis examined the long-term negative outcomes associated with childhood sexual abuse, with a particular focus on offending, further victimisation, and mental health morbidity outcomes. Nina is currently undertaking post-doctoral research with the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, working on a wide range of projects related to the nexus between child protection and juvenile offending, the long-term outcomes of childhood sexual abuse, effective interventions for violent offenders, and the management of persistently violent and sexual offenders. Nina is also employed part-time as a psychologist with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare), providing psychological assessment and treatment services to imprisoned adult offenders with complex needs and challenging behaviours.

Research interests

Child sexual abuse; childhood maltreatment; juvenile offending; violence intervention; sex offender management; clinical psychology; forensic psychology; developmental psychology

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

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


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Forensic Psychology - 170104
  • Causes And Prevention Of Crime - 160201
  • Developmental Psychology And Ageing - 170102


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

  • 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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