2018 Speakers

Danny Sullivan

Keynote: The shifting sands of confidentiality

Danny Sullivan is a consultant psychiatrist, currently Executive Director of Clinical Services at Forensicare, the Victorian public forensic mental health service. In addition he has honorary academic appointments at the University of Melbourne and Swinburne Universities, and provides expert evidence in a range of jurisdictions.

He trained in Melbourne and at the Maudsley Hospital / Institute of Psychiatry in London. He has masters’ degrees in Medical Law and in Bioethics, and has for many years published and presented at conferences on topics relevant to forensic mental health and the intersections of law and psychiatry.

Theresa A. Gannon

Keynote: Does treatment for sexual offending work? What factors are important?

Keynote: The clinical needs of adult firesetters

Theresa A. Gannon, DPhil, CPsychol (Forensic) is Professor of Forensic Psychology and Director of the Centre for Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP) at the University of Kent, UK. Theresa also works as a Practitioner Consultant Forensic Psychologist specializing in sexual offending and firesetting for the Forensic and Specialist Care Group, Kent and Medway Partnership Trust.

Theresa has published over 100 chapters, articles, books, and other scholarly works in the areas of male and female-perpetrated sexual offending. She is particularly interested in research relating to both the treatment needs and overall supervision of individuals who have sexually offended. This includes offense-related cognition and emotion, rehabilitation models (i.e., the Good Lives Model), offense-process models of offending behavior, polygraph-assisted supervision and truth facilitation, and attitudes towards individuals who have offended. Theresa is lead editor of several books including Sexual Offending: Cognition, Emotion, and Motivation (Wiley-Blackwell) along with Tony Ward, Aggressive Offenders’ Cognition: Theory, Research, and Treatment (John Wiley) along with Tony Ward, Anthony Beech, and Dawn Fisher, and Female Sexual Offenders: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment (Wiley-Blackwell) along with Dr Franca Cortoni. Theresa is also co-editor of several books that discuss or integrate sexual offending with other forensic topics and psychological factors.

Theresa serves on the editorial boards of several journals including Aggression and Violent Behavior, British Journal of Forensic Practice, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Theresa is also Editor of Psychology Crime and Law and Associate Editor of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment.

Megan Davis

Keynote: The Uluru Statement from the Heart: Can Australia rise the challenge set down by First Nations at Uluru?

Professor Megan Davis is Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law, UNSW. Prof Davis is an expert member of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Prof Davis is a constitutional lawyer who was a member of the Referendum Council and the Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution. Megan is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and a Commissioner on the Australian Rugby League Commission. Megan supports the North Queensland Cowboys and the QLD Maroons.