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James Ogloff

University Distinguished Professor of Forensic Behavioural Science & Dean, School of Health Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology

James Ogloff AM is trained as a lawyer and psychologist. He is the University Distinguished Professor of Forensic Behavioural Science and Dean, School of Health Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology.

He is also the Strategic Advisor, Research, Education, and Innovation at Forensicare.

Until 2022, he held the role of Executive Director of Psychological Services and Research at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare).

Professor Ogloff was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2015 for significant service to education and to the law as a forensic psychologist, as an academic, researcher and practitioner.

Professor Ogloff has specific expertise in forensic psychology, correctional and forensic mental health, mental health law, and the assessment and management of offenders.

He commenced clinical work in 1982 and he assesses and assists with the management of some of the most difficult offenders in Australia and abroad.

He served as British Columbia’s first Director of Mental Health Services for Corrections in the 1990s. He is the Past-President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law and a former Chair of the College of Forensic Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society. He is a Past-President of the Canadian Psychological Association and a Past-President of the American Psychology-Law Society.

Professor Ogloff has published 18 books and more than 350 scholarly articles and book chapters. He has served as editor and associate editor of leading scholarly journals in his field. He has supervised more than 70 doctoral students to completion.

He is the recipient of the distinguished contributions awards in law and psychology/forensic psychology from the Australian Psychological Society, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the American Psychology-Law Society; and he is the 2023 recipient of the Rüdiger Müller-Isberner Award from the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services in recognition of excellence in research, administration, practice and mentorship.


  • –present
    Professor of Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2001–present
    Director of Psychological Services, Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health
  • –present
    Clinical and forensic psychologist, Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare)
  • 2001–2013
    Professor of Clinical Forensic Psychology, Monash University
  • 1990–2001
    University Endowed Professor of Law and Forensic Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • 1997–2001
    Director of Mental Health Services, British Columbia Corrections


  • 1990 
    University of Nebraska, Lincoln, PhD
  • 1989 
    University of Nebraska College of Law, Juris Doctor
  • 1986 
    University of Saskatchewan, MA (Clin. Psych.)
  • 1984 
    University of Calgary, B.A. (Psychology)


AM (Order of Australia); Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (FAPS)