Dr Clare Allely

Reader in Forensic Psychology

Dr Clare Allely is a Reader in Forensic Psychology at the University of Salford and is an affiliate member of the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre at Gothenburg University, Sweden and an Honorary Research Fellow at 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 and an Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

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. 

Her primary area of research expertise include investigating neurodevelopment disorders, primarily Autism and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, in the criminal justice system. For instance, 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 her research is to develop and share best practice with both academics and practitioners, and provide evidence-based decision making to influence future policy and also to investigate how autism symptomology can contribute to different types of offending behaviour (e.g., violent and/or sexual offending, child pornography, arson).

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


Developing and testing a parenting intervention and manual for children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Medical Research Council, £146,665; 01 Mar 2019, duration 15m. Role: Co-Investigator.

An indicative baseline of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder prevalence in Greater Manchester. Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, £158,997, 1 Feb 2019, duration: 18m. Role: Co-Investigator.

HEIF Funding. Autism and the Criminal Justice System. 2018. £57,671.00. Role: Co-Investigator.

Clare welcomes enquiries from potential PhD students in topics related to FASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Criminal Justice System.