COVID-19 and conspiracy theories

  • 27 May 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Zoom Webinar
  • 128


  • Members of organisations that are affiliated with APATAP may join these sessions for free. This includes the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) and the Association of European Threat Assessment Professionals (AETAP).

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This webinar will provide a short overview of some of the prominent conspiracy theories relating to COVID-19 that are currently in circulation. These include conspiracy theories relating to 5G technology, antisemitism, the deep state/QAnon, the New World Order, and gangstalking. Associated risks and risk factors will be discussed. Viewers are encouraged to join the Q&A session that will comprise the final part of the webinar.

Learning Outcome

1. Understand the history and evolution of COVID-15 related conspiracy theories

2. Understand the potential risks associated with these conspiracy theories

3. Understand the global and connected nature of these conspiracy theories


Luke Bartlett, Right in The Head Threat Management and Psychological Services

Dr Lorraine Sheridan, Curtin University and President of APATAP

About the presenter(s)

Luke Bartlett

Luke Bartlett is a Registered Nurse and Lead Trainer with Right in the Head, with over 15 years of experience in acute and forensic care, clinical education, curriculum development, simulation and telehealth practice. He delivers training in behavioural threat assessment and management, and provides specialist advice on Internet-facilitated harm and risks presented by online extremist groups.

Lorraine Sheridan

Lorraine Sheridan is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist. The majority of her research is on stalking and harassment. Lorraine has also published on gangstalking and other conspiracy based beliefs. Lorraine’s research takes an applied, interventionist angle and she frequently trains professionals involved in investigating and managing stalking and other problems. She also advises on policy, and has advised a number of governments. She is a police accredited offender profiler and compiles psychological reports related to offenders.


  • Free for APATAP members
  • $25 for non-members

Delivery mode

Due to social distancing restrictions, all current APATAP professional development sessions will be delivered via Zoom.


One hour (45 minutes presentation + 15 minutes Q&A)