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  • Bond University, Faculty of Society and Design

    4229 Gold Coast


Accepting PhD Students

  • 258 Citations
  • 9 h-Index

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Personal profile

Research interests

I completed my MPsych in 1996 and BA (hons) Psych in 1994, both from Edith Cowan University. In 2007 I completed my PhD from UNSW on family treatment for child/youth antisocial behaviour. 

Commencing my career researching interventions with incarcerated violent offenders, I have subsequently investigated family based interventions for antisocial youth, predictors of juvenile violent recidivism, community correlates of violence and psychopathy, evaluation of a return to work assist program, animal cruelty and fire setting among juvenile offenders, and juvenile fitness for trial. I have worked in adult and juvenile correctional settings, and child and youth forensic mental health.

Currently I am investigating arson-related homicides, high risk psychotic phenomena, juvenile threats of harm to others, and individual case study of skateboard injuries.

Statement for HDR students

I am interested in supervising HDR students in the following fields:

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Aggression
  • Arson
  • Psycopathy
  • Juvenile offending
  • Family Law

Education/Academic qualification

psychology, PhD, University of New England NSW

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Research Output

Criminal and Noncriminal Psychopathy: The Devil is in the Detail

Brooks, N., Fritzon, K., Watt, B. D., Duncan, K. & Madsen, L., 2020, Corporate Psychopathy: Investigating Destructive Personalities in the Workplace. Fritzon, K., Brooks, N. & Croom, S. (eds.). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 79-105 27 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

  • 42 Downloads (Pure)

    Expert Consensus Definition of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in Australia

    Knorre, Z. L., Watt, B. D., Fritzon, K. & Phelan, A., 26 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Human Trafficking. 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • Australian arsonists: an analysis of trends between 1990 and 2015

    Ellis-Smith, T., Watt, B. D. & Doley, R. M., 10 Feb 2019, In : Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. 26, 4, p. 593-613 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Disordered eating measures validated in pregnancy samples: a systematic review

    Bannatyne, A. J., McNeil, E., Stapleton, P., MacKenzie-Shalders, K. & Watt, B., 1 Nov 2019, In : Eating Disorders. p. 1-26 26 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • Factorial and Convergent Validity of the Youth Psychopathic Traits Inventory-Short Version in Ghana

    Adjorlolo, S. & Watt, B. D., 1 Jun 2019, In : International Journal of Psychology. 54, 3, p. 388-396 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    20 Downloads (Pure)

    Student theses

    Disordered eating in pregnancy: the development and validation of a pregnancy-specific screening instrument

    Author: Bannatyne, A. J., 16 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Stapleton, P. (Supervisor), Watt, B. (Supervisor), Hughes, R. (Supervisor) & MacKenzie-Shalders, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Employment Barriers and Support Needs of People Living with Psychosis

    Author: Hampson, M., 11 Oct 2014

    Supervisor: Hicks, R. E. (Supervisor) & Watt, B. D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Text Messages and Romantic Relationships: An Investigation of Mobile Communication Technologies, Attachment Processes, and Relationship Quality.

    Author: Bradnam, J., 2018

    Supervisor: Edwards, M. (Supervisor) & Watt, B. D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Understanding the Manifestation of Psychopathic Personality Characteristics Across Populations

    Author: Brooks, N., 7 Oct 2017

    Supervisor: Fritzon, K. (Supervisor) & Watt, B. D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis