Prof Clare Allely

Professor of Forensic Psychology

Clare S. Allely is a Professor of Forensic Psychology at the University of Salford in England and is an affiliate member of the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre at Gothenburg University, Sweden. Clare is 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. 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 and an MSc in Forensic Psychology from Glasgow Caledonian University. Clare acts as an expert witness in criminal cases involving defendants with autism spectrum disorder and contributes to the evidence base used in the courts on psychology and legal issues through her published work. She is author of the book “The Psychology of Extreme Violence: A Case Study Approach to Serial Homicide, Mass Shooting, School Shooting and Lone-actor Terrorism” published by Routledge in 2020 and author of the book “Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Criminal Justice System: A Guide to Understanding Suspects, Defendants and Offenders with Autism” published by Routledge in 2022. Clare is a key member of the FASD team, having supported the FASD prevalence study, the parenting intervention development study SPECIFIC and is a co-investigator for the current NIHR/Oglesby Charitable Trust funded feasibility trial of SPECIFIC. She also supervises David Gilbert’s study on FASD and the Criminal Justice System.


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.