Prof Clare Allely

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Current positions

Professor of Forensic Psychology


Clare 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. She is also an Associate of The Children's and Young People's Centre for Justice (CYCJ) at the University of Strathclyde. Clare is a Chartered Member of British Psychological Society (CPsychol since 2013) and Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society (AFBPsS since 2013).

Clare’s research expertise covers two key areas. First, exploring how certain features of autism spectrum disorder may provide the context of vulnerability to engaging in a wide range of offending behaviours including: lone-actor terrorism, extremism, the viewing of indecent child imagery, mass shootings, school shootings, sexual offending, cybercrime, stalking, violence, zoophilia and arson. She has published in the field of autism spectrum disorder and the features of autism that may provide the context of vulnerability to being radicalised, engaging in extremist online material and engaging in terroristic behaviours. She has also published research focused on autism in the courtroom, prison and secure care. Clare’s second area of research expertise is in exploring the pathway to intended violence in the perpetrators of extreme acts of violence including lone-actor terrorism, school shooting, mass shooting and serial homicide.

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.

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP)

    2014 - 2015
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Forensic Psychology

    2013 - 2014
  • PhD in Experimental Psychology

    2007 - 2011
  • Masters in Psychological Research Methods

    2006 - 2007
  • Psychology (UG Masters)

    2002 - 2006