Dr Clare Allely

Dr Clare Allely is a Reader in Forensic Psychology at the University of Salford in Manchester, England and is an affiliate member of the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre at Gothenburg University, Sweden.  

Clare is also an Honorary Research Fellow in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences affiliated to the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow. She is also an Associate of the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ) at the University of Strathclyde. Clare also acts as an expert witness in criminal cases and HCPC fitness to practice cases and also contributes to the evidence base used in the courts on psychology and legal issues through her published work. Clare is a Chartered Member of British Psychological Society (CPsychol since 2013) and an Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society (AFBPsS since 2013). She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) (Fellow since March 2016). 

Clare holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Manchester and has previously graduated with an MA (hons.) in Psychology from the University of Glasgow, an MRes in Psychological Research Methods from the University of Strathclyde, an MSc in Forensic Psychology from Glasgow Caledonian University and a PgCAP from Salford University.  

My research projects and interests include: Extreme violence (serial homicide, mass shooting and lone-actor terrorism).  Autism across the whole of the criminal justice system (police, court, prison and secure psychiatric care). Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and the criminal justice system.

My primary area of research expertise includes investigating how autism symptomology can contribute to different types of offending behaviour (e.g., sexual offending; child pornography or crimes related to indecent child images; homicide; fire-setting or arson; stalking; bestiality; violent offending; terroristic activities) and autism across the whole of the criminal justice system (police, court, prison, probation and secure psychiatric care). One of the primary aims of my research is to develop and share best practice with both academics and practi-tioners, and provide evidence-based decision making to influence future policy and also to investigate how autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptomology can contribute to different types of offending behaviour (e.g., violent and/or sexual offending, child pornography, arson).

Co-Founder of the Autism and the Criminal Justice System Hub at the University of Salford 

The hub has adopted a ‘whole system’ approach, starting from prevention of entry into criminal justice system (CJS), exploring the individual’s (with autism) experience from initial police involvement, arrest, custody, court proceedings, point of sentencing, prison, secure psychiatric care, point of release, probation and prevention from re-offending.  

The ACJS agenda includes: Exploring knowledge/understanding of ASD by a range of pro-fessionals; documenting the experiences of individuals with ASD across all stages of the criminal justice system; increasing awareness and understanding of the experiences of in-dividuals with ASD in the criminal justice system; to increase awareness and identification of individuals with ASD at an earlier stage to help prevent them from entering the criminal Justice system and for those that are already in the criminal justice system; enabling de-velopment of innovative curriculum, knowledge exchange between academics and CJS professions, creating sustainable industry partnerships; developing and sharing best prac-tice, service interventions and providing evidence-based decision making to influence fu-ture policy and to investigate how ASD symptomology can contribute to different types of offending behaviour (e.g., violent and/or sexual offending, child pornography, arson). 

Postgraduate Research Supervision Interests

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students in the following areas in particular:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and the criminal justice system
  • Mental health and the criminal justice system
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and offendingbehavior(of any type) 
  • The psychology of mass shooters
  • The psychology of serial homicide
  • The psychology of terrorism
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder 
  • FetalAlcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Brain injury in the criminal justice system

Find out more about my work

Open Access: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/profile/57793

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7640-9505

Keywords

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Homicide, Mass shooters, Terrorism, Criminal Justice System