Dr Catherine Creamer | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Catherine Creamer

PhD Glasgow Caledonian University, MSc (Forensic and Legal Psychology) University Leicester, UK, BSc (Hons) Psychology University WE Bristol, UK

  • Senior Lecturer in Counselling
  • School of Law and Society
+61 7 5456 5892
Office location
Sunshine Coast

Dr Catherine Creamer is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and Society. Catherine is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Chartered Forensic Psychologist, registered HCPC (UK) and AHPRA psychologist.

Catherine has 20 years postgraduate experience, providing psychosocial and clinical interventions to adults and children in clinical and forensic settings; both in-patient and community mental health, community out-reach and providing expert testimony and advice to the Courts, Parole Board and Mental Health Tribunals.

Catherine has extensive international consultancy and training expertise and has developed policy documents, training, risk assessment tools and rehabilitation treatment programmes for the Scottish Police, Scottish Government Employment Vetting Scheme (Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme), UK Home Office, New Zealand Department of Corrections and Australian Government. Catherine has developed several psychotherapeutic training programmes for those working with forensic populations. Catherine has been a Consultant Forensic Expert to the European Union, Council of Europe, since 2009 working on human rights projects relating to risk assessment, rehabilitation, mental health, and counter terrorism. She has been a short-term consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes.

Catherine’s research profile is broad and demonstrates expertise in understanding and preventing the onset of intimate partner stalking/violence, risk assessments and rehabilitation in forensic areas.

Board memberships

  • Independent Advisor to the Commissioner for Fair Trading – Working with Vulnerable People
  • Traffic Accident Commission, Clinical Panel (2021)

Professional memberships 

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • British Psychological Society
  • Asia Pacific Association of Threat Assessment Professionals


  • British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist, 1999
  • British Psychological Society, Associate Fellow, 2012
  • Higher Education Authority (HEA) Associate Fellow, 2022

Potential research projects for HDR and Masters students

  • Forensic psychology
  • Psychotherapeutic interventions
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Human Rights
  • Risk assessment in forensic contexts

Research grants

Grant/Project name


Funding body & A$ value


Counter Terrorism/Prevention Radicalisation In Western Balkans and Turkey (Screening, Risk/Needs Assessment and Rehabilitation) Creamer Council of Europe, 50,000 (Euro) 2019-2022
Development of Mental Health Protocols, Forensic Psychiatric Facility Bosnia and Herzegovina Creamer Council of Europe, 10,000 (Euro) 2018-2022
Reduction in Pharmacological

Treatments in Mental Health in Azerbaijan

Creamer Council of Europe, 5,000 (Euro) 2017
Horizontal Facility Western Balkans

And Turkey – Strengthening the Protection of the Rights of Sentenced And Detained Persons

Creamer Council of Europe, 60,000 (Euro) 2016-2022
Further Support for Penitentiary Reform in Ukraine (Suicide Prevention) Creamer Council of Europe, 5,000 (Euro) 2018
Investigating inter Ethic Violence in Bulgaria Creamer European Union, Norway Grants, 2,000 (Euro) 2015
Capacity Building of Law Enforcement

Agencies for Appropriate Treatment Of Detained Persons (Macedonia, Georgia and Armenia)

Creamer Council of Europe, 7,000 (Euro) 2014
Design of National Drug including Alcohol Programmes Creamer, Ashcroft, McGuire, Gilchrist, Forsyth and Houchin New Zealand Department Corrections, $180,000 (NZD) 2013
Design of Risk Screening Tool for the

Management of Sexual Offenders in The Community (MAPPA)

Gilchrist and Creamer Risk Management Authority (Scotland), 10,000 (UKL) 2012
Review and Partial Re-write, Youth Offending Programme Creamer New Zealand Department Corrections, $10,000 (NZD) 2011
Case Management Guidelines and

Staff Training – Employment Vetting Scheme)

Johnstone, Creamer and Gilchrist              Scottish Government (Disclosure Scotland), 20,000 (UKL) 2010
Critical Incident Response and Hostage Negotiation Training (Romania) Creamer European Union, 10,000 (Euro) 2009
Facilitator Pathway Training Creamer & Ward New Zealand Department Corrections, 160,000 (NZD) 2008
Design of Youth Custody Diversion Creamer & Atrill Derby Youth Offending, UK, 10,000 (UKL) 2003


Research areas

  • neurobiology of attachment and intimate partner stalking
  • intimate partner homicide
  • fixated behaviours
  • human rights and forensic populations
  • assessment ad treatment of forensic populations

Teaching areas

  • Counselling and Mental Health
  • Psychotherapeutic Approaches
  • Research

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