Forensic psychology

We study the application of psychology to understanding, treating and preventing criminal behaviour.

We conduct and supervise theoretical, empirical and applied research, which aims to improve criminal justice system responses in Aotearoa and internationally. 

Our research areas include the assessment, treatment and prevention of sexual offending, fire setting, and other antisocial and violent behaviour in children, adolescents and adults. We also focus on broader systemic issues, including justice system reform and the interplay between trauma and crime. 

Current projects in this area include a focus on the early identification of child offenders, which seeks to improve their life outcomes.

Our researchers