People

Principal Investigator

Clare-Ann Clare-Ann Fortune, PhD, PGDipClinPsy
clare-ann.fortune@vuw.ac.nz I oversee the Youth Forensic Psychology Research Lab. I have previously worked in research roles including with the Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, University College Dublin, Ireland. I then trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Auckland while I did my PhD. I have worked clinically in child and adolescent mental health services including for a specialist youth forensic service. As a lecturer in Clinical Forensic Psychology I currently teach across the clinical and forensic psychology programmes in the School of Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington. My key areas of research interest are risk assessment, offender rehabilitation and ethical issues associated with youth forensic psychology.You can view Clare-Ann’s staff profile on the Victoria University of Wellington website.

Postgraduate Students

Roísin Whelan – PhD.  roisinroisin.whelan@vuw.ac.nz. Roisin Whelan completed her BSc Hons in Psychology in 2015 at Victoria University and is currently enrolled in the Clinical Psychology Programme at Victoria. Roisin’s PhD topic exploring the narratives of youth offenders is being co-supervised by Dr. Clare-Ann Fortune and Dr. Karen Salmon.

Alex Jones – MSc(FPsy).  alexander.jones@vuw.ac.nz. Alex completed his BSc in Psychology at Victoria University in 2015. In 2016 he started the Master of Science in Forensic Psychology. Alex’s main interests include theories of violent and sexual youth offending, as well as the rehabilitation of youth offenders. For his thesis in 2017, Alex plans to evaluate a rehabilitation programme for high risk youth offenders.

Sebastian Collin-Smyth – MSc(FPsy).  sebastian.collin-smyth@vuw.ac.nz. Sebastian completed his BA in Psychology at Victoria University in 2015. In 2016 he started the Master of Science in Forensic Psychology. For his thesis in 2017, Sebastian plans to explore the prevalence of neurodisabilities amongst young people involved in the youth justice system in New Zealand.



Alumni

Frances (Frankie) Gaston, MSc(FPsy) –  Young people’s comprehension of the Rights Caution in New Zealand.

Check out Frankie’s research summary here.

Oliver Kitto, MSc(FPsy) –  Finding meaning in behavioural predictors of child sexual reoffending: The Offence Characteristic Meaning Framework (OCMF).

Jonathan Muirhead, MSc(FPsy) –  Risky Business: Evaluating the Dynamic Risk Assessment for Offender Re-entry for Use with New Zealand Youth.

Anna Ferguson, MSc(FPsy) – Comparing the validity of the DRAOR at predicting risk with youth and adult male offenders on community sentences in New Zealand.

Jessica Scanlan, MSc(FPsy) – Comparing the validity of the DRAOR at predicting risk with adult women and male offenders on community sentences in New Zealand. Co-supervisor.

William Drummond, MSc – Comparing styles of parent-child conversation: The influence on children’s conduct problems and emotion knowledge. Co-supervisor.

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