Indirect Personality Assessment and the Planning of Forensic and Investigative Interviews

  • 25 November 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Zoom Webinar
  • 91


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

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Forensic and investigative interviewing are specialised skills that differ from traditional clinical interviews in important ways. One crucial aspect of such interviews is that the assessment actually commences when one first reviews associated file information. This presentation will describe the use of indirect personality assessment during the review of collateral materials in order to plan the interview. Techniques for interviewing particular personality styles will be introduced, as well as the concept of signal behaviours that may suggest personality dysfunction during the interview. The necessity of a planned and structured, yet still flexible, approach to forensic and investigative interviewing will be emphasised and several examples will be provided. Interactive discussion will be welcome and encouraged.  

Where and When

Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Time: 18:00pm - 19:30pm

Time Zone: UTC+11 (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

Webinar via Zoom

Learning Outcome

  1. Understand the concept of indirect personality assessment in planning forensic and investigative interviews
  2. Become familiar with interviewing skills that are appropriate for different personality styles  
  3. Understand the concept of signal behaviours for personality dysfunction that will enable a flexible approach to forensic and investigative interviewing


Dr Michael R Davis


Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology; Department of Psychiatry,  Monash University; and Department of Psychiatry, the University of Melbourne

About the presenter(s)

Dr Michael Davis is a Forensic Clinical Psychologist in full time private practice. He has adjunct appointments at Swinburne, Monash, and Melbourne Universities. He has presented nationally and internationally on the topics of sexual deviance, risk assessment, psychopathy, offender profiling, equivocal death, behavioural crime linkage, and other aspects of sexual and violent crime.

Dr Davis’ consulting practice is divided between clinical-forensic assessment tasks and providing behavioural investigative advice to police agencies. He is a member of the Australian Forensic Reference Group (Victoria Police). He has provided behavioural investigative advice to police in several countries across three continents and is the only mental health professional in Australia to be elected to membership of the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship (ICIAF).

Dr Davis also serves as an instructor to the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling. 


  • 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.

Suitable Audience

This presentation may be of interest to threat assessors, forensic mental health professionals and crime analysts.


1.5 hours (90 minutes presentation including Q&A)