• 18 July 2021 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Invitation to participate in research exploring the use of tele- and video-conferencing facilities to facilitate forensic practice during the ‘COVID-19 workplace restrictions’

    Our aim is to explore the use of tele and video-conferencing facilities amongst forensic psychologists and psychiatrists during the COVID-19 workplace restrictions. This is a follow up survey. You may have participated in a survey we conducted on the same topic in 2020 at the start of workplace restrictions due to COVID-19. We have published the results of this research and the results are available in the following publication:

    Daffern, M., Shea, D. & Ogloff, J.R.P. (2021). Remote forensic evaluations and treatment in the time of COVID-19: An international survey of psychologists and psychiatrists. Psychology, Public Policy and

    You can find more information on this paper here:

    If, after reading this Information sheet you would like to participate in this research then please commence the survey by clicking on the following link or cutting and pasting it into your browser:

    This post acts as a Participant Information and Informed Consent Form.

    Further information on the survey is provided below.

    Project Title: The use of tele- and video-conferencing facilities to facilitate forensic assessments and treatment during the ‘COVID-19 working restrictions’

    Investigators: Professor Michael Daffern and Professor James Ogloff, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria, Australia.


    Introduction and Invitation to Participate

    The following information has been provided to enable you to decide whether you will participate in this project. After reading this information you will be asked if you would like to proceed. By accessing the survey using the link below you are confirming that you understand and consent to be involved in this project. You are free to withdraw at any time and there are no consequences for withdrawing.


    What this project is about and why is it being undertaken?

    Significant restrictions were placed on normal work routines as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prisons, forensic mental health services and courts and other statutory authorities have been affected, severely disrupting the way in which many forensic psychologists and psychiatrists are undertaking their work. In light of this disruption, many practitioners have conducted assessments and provided treatment using video-conferencing facilities. For some people this may have been established practice but for others these practices are novel. This survey seeks to determine your experiences and views on practical, ethical, and self-care issues. We will share the findings of this work with professional bodies and publish our findings to help improve forensic practice. Only group information will be shared, so no uniquely identifiable information will be collected or released.


    What participation will involve.

    Participation involves completing an anonymous and confidential online survey that we anticipate will take approximately 30 minutes. The survey includes questions concerning your experiences using video-conferencing and working from home during the COVID-19 lockdown. If you are uncomfortable about answering any question you can skip it. All questions are optional rather than mandatory. Additionally, you may cease your participation at any time and return to the survey later or you can cease your participation completely at any stage. 


    Participants Rights, Benefits and Risks

    The results of this study will help our understanding of how tele-and video-conferencing affect forensic assessment and treatment work and how working from home using these platforms to undertake forensic work might influence wellbeing.


    Please note that your involvement in this study is completely voluntary and you are under no obligation to take part if you do not wish to. You are free to withdraw from the study at any point although any data provided up until the point of your withdrawal will be retained unless you enter into one of the free text boxes that you do not want your data retained. If you want your data removed simply write ‘I no longer wish to participate in this research and I would like my data removed’.


    Withdrawal from this study will not affect your relationship with the investigators or Swinburne University of Technology. You may also choose not to answer any question if that question causes you discomfort.


    Your identity and the data collected in the study are confidential. Any information that will be published will be limited to group data. Individual data will not be identified at any time. Data will be kept on password protected files on secure network computer accessible only by researchers named on the ethics application. You will not be asked for your name or contact details. Following the completion of the data, all files will be stored on password protected files for a minimum of five years after the publication of results.


    Support Services

    For participants in Australia, if you are experiencing a crisis and need urgent help, free professional anonymous support is available 24/7 from Lifeline (ph: 13 11 14) or SuicideLine (ph: 1300 651 251). For participants outside of Australia, we encourage you to obtain crisis support from appropriate services in your jurisdiction.


    Research Output

    We will seek to publish the results of this research in international peer reviewed journals. The anonymous data may also be re-analysed in further relevant research, but only with ethical approval. It is hoped that these data will also be published in a journal article.


    Further Information about the Project

    If you would like further information about the project, please do not hesitate to contact

    Professor Michael Daffern (Deputy Director, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science):


    Concerns/Complaints about the Project

    This project has been approved by or on behalf of Swinburne’s Human Research Ethics Subcommittee (SHESC) in line with the ​National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. If you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of this project contact: 

    Research Ethics Officer, Swinburne Research (H68),

    Swinburne University of Technology, P O Box 218, HAWTHORN VIC 3122. Tel (03) 9214 5218 or +61 3 9214 3845 or


    If you agree to proceed, please commence the survey by clicking on the following link:


    Finally, we are recruiting participants through our personal contacts and by asking professional organisations to advertise the research. Please forward this invitation to your colleagues and professional representative organisations. Participation is open to psychologists and psychiatrists who are undertaking forensic work in any country.


  • 23 June 2020 9:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Psycho-Criminological Approaches to Stalking Behavior

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    This month we launch our new APATAP blog by asking Associate Professor Oliver Chan from the City University of Hong Kong, and Associate Professor Lorraine Sheridan from Curtin University about their new book Psycho-Criminological Approaches to Stalking Behaviour – An International Perspective.

    1.      Tell us about you. 

    Oliver: I am an Associate Professor of Criminology at City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR. My academic background lies in criminology and forensic psychology. I publish extensively on topics related to stalking behaviour, sexual homicide, sexual offending, and Asian criminology. To date, I have sole-authored 2 research monographs on sexual homicide (2015, Palgrave Macmillan; 2019, Springer Nature) and co-edited 2 reference books on the psycho-criminological perspective of Asian criminal justice (2017, Routledge) and the international perspective of stalking behaviour (2020, John Wiley & Sons). I am currently co-editing a collection of work on the African mental health and criminal justice system, and also working on my next sole-authored research monograph on sexual violence in Asia.

    Lorraine: I am an Associate Professor in Psychology at Curtin University in Western Australia. My main areas of research are stalking and other forms of harassment. I have published four books and more than 50 papers on these and other topics. My research has always taken an applied, interventionist angle and I frequently train professionals involved in investigating and managing stalking and other crimes. I have advised a number of governments on policy initiatives. 

    2.     In a few short sentences, can you tell us what the book is about & how it’s different to others on stalking behaviour?  

    To our knowledge, this is the first work to offender a global approach to exploring different topics on stalking perpetration and victimization. The chapters are contributed by scholars and practitioners from many countries, encompassing different regions of the world (e.g., Asia, Australasia, North America, Europe, and Africa). Moreover, this edited book examines stalking from both theoretical (i.e., empirical research) and practical (i.e., practical and policy) perspectives.

    3.     How did the idea come about? 

    Lorraine and I had casual talks, and after some time, I came up with an idea to invite Lorraine to join me to edit a collection of work on stalking behaviour by field experts and practitioners around the world. We are confident that this work will fill the gap in the literature that largely comes from research conducted in Western countries (e.g., Australia, USA, and UK).

    4.     Is there a specific part of the book that excited you? 

    We are highly thrilled to have scholars and practitioners share their research and practices that are rarely (or never at all) published in academic publications. We are proud to have this as a hallmark of our book.

    5.     Who should be reading this book? 

    Psycho-criminological Approaches to Stalking Behavior: The International Perspective is written for use in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in criminology/criminal justice and forensic psychology. We are also confident that this book can be a useful source of reference for scholars, clinicians, law enforcement practitioners, charity professionals, and mental health professionals to facilitate their understanding of stalking perpetration and victimization. It offers guidance for those who seek to set up anti-stalking initiatives in their home countries.

    6.     The book looks at many approaches from across the world. What are some interesting highlights?  

    This collection of work not only adds to the repertoire of relevant work in stalking, but also advances knowledge and understanding of the research conducted and practices delivered in different countries. Specifically, this book aims to share research and best practices conducted in countries rarely mentioned (e.g., Finland, Singapore, Lithuania, Denmark, South Africa, and the Netherlands).

    7.     Did any of these approaches surprise you? 

    Instead of surprised, we are delighted to learn about the different phenomena and the variety of responses to manage stalking incidents adopted by practitioners in different countries. Yet, the approaches adopted are similar to a certain extent despite their geographical variations.

    8.     What are some consensuses and disagreements regarding approaches to stalking?  

    Although people seek to reduce stalking in a variety of ways, based on differing philosophies, many of the initiatives are fundamentally similar. This demonstrates the need for a pragmatic approach, with a focus on “what works” as opposed to theoretically based debate.

    9.     When people read this book, what would you like the outcome to be for them? 

    We anticipate this book will attract readers from around the globe given the nature and coverage of the topics and that it will benefit them in their line of study, research, and/or duties. We encourage people to develop anti-stalking initiatives and responses in countries that so far do not have any.

    10.   Do you have any other publications in the works? 

    Lorraine and I have collaborated on a number of publications on stalking behaviour, with topics including perceptions of stalking, stalking perpetration and victimization, and coping strategies. These studies recruited samples from Hong Kong, Singapore, and Ghana.

    For further information on this book, its chapters and content, please visit the publisher’s website.

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