Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Associate Professor Tony Thompson

Associate Professor Tony Thompson

BA (Hons) (York University), MA, PhD (University of Western Ontario)

As an ageing “baby boomer” who spent the first 15 years of his career as practicing psychologist and the last 20 years as an academic, I have a broad perspective on life and psychology. One of the great advantages of psychology as a career is that so much of the discipline content relates to life and living. In this respect, my debt to psychology is to transmit to students an appreciation of its breadth, expertise and relevance.

I enjoy teaching psychology and supervising student research projects. My own applied and research interests over the years are reflected in my work experiences, teaching and research publications which are sampled below and elaborated in my CV.

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Subjects taught:
  • Psychological Testing
  • Ethics and Professional Issues
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Psychology of Ageing
  • Research Methods & Statistics
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology of Stress and Trauma
  • Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Correctional Psychology
  • Interviewing and Counselling Skills
  • Topics in Family, Marital & Sex Counselling          
Supervision (1980-2008)
  • Honours and 4th year: 52 complete
  • Masters: 20 complete
PhD supervision
  • Malone, J. Rural psychology practice in Canada Issues in professional ethics. Completed 2010(principal supervisor).
  • Upperton, R. Risk assessment in Juvenile Justice: The predictive and practical utility. Complete 2007 (principal supervisor).
  • Allan, J. The problems of therapeutic intervention with children who are sexually violent. Complete, 2005 (co-supervisor). 
  • Gullifer, J. An analysis of university student plagiarism (in progress – secondary supervisor).
DPsych supervision
  • Nichols, D. M. Risk-need assessment and violent delinquency among Australian juvenile offenders. Completed 2007 (principal supervisor). 
  • Heath, J.  Extrafamilial child abuse: an analysis of briefs of evidence to investigate relationships between perpetrator and victim characteristics Completed 2010 (principal supervisor).
  • Klamer, S. Downloading child pornography: A qualitative study of men convicted of child pornography offences.  (in progress – principal supervisor). 

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Research

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Juvenile Offending
  • Psychological Testing
  • Intelligence Testing

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Journal Articles – Refereed
  • Marshall, E. J., & Thompson, A. P. (2013 in press) Shedding light on the difficulties and challenges experienced by mothers of infants. Australian Psychologist
  • Thompson, A. P. & McGrath, A. (2012). Subgroup Differences and implications for contemporary risk-need assessment with juvenile offenders. Law and Human Behaviour, 36, 345-355.
  • McGrath, A. & Thompson, A. P. (2012). The relative predictive validity of the static and dynamic  domain scores in risk-need assessment of juvenile offenders. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 39 250-263.
  • Nolan, J., & Thompson, A. P. (2009). Psychological change in voluntary and legally coerced clients of a residential drug and alcohol treatment program. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 16, 458-472.
  • Upperton, R, A., & Thompson, A. P. (2007). Predicting juvenile offender recidivism: Risk-need assessment and juvenile justice officers. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 14,138-146.    
  • Gullifer, J., & Thompson, A. P. (2006). Subjective realities of older male farmers: Self-perceptions of ageing and work. Rural Society, 16, 80-97.
  • Thompson, A.  P., & Pope, Z. (2005). Assessing juvenile offenders: Preliminary data for the Australian Adaptation of the Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (Hoge & Andrews, 1995). Australian Psychologist, 40, 207-214. 
  • Feelgood, S., Cortoni, F., Thompson, A. (2005). Sexual coping, general coping
  • and cognitive distortions in incarcerated rapists and child molesters. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 11, 157-170.
  • Thompson, A. P., Lo Bello, S. G., Atkinson, L., Chisholm, V., & Ryan, J, J. (2004). Brief intelligence testing in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 35, 286-290.
  • Thompson, A. P., & Putniņš, A. L. (2003). Risk-need assessment inventories for juvenile offenders in Australia. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 10, 324-333.
  • Thompson, A. P. (2003) A survey of brief intelligence testing in Australia. Australian Psychologist, 38, 62-67.
  • Thompson, A. P. (2001). Juvenile offending: An overview in support of assessing risk factors, needs, and strengths. The Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 18, 39-56.
Other Articles, Reports, Book Reviews & Letters to Editor                       
  • Thompson, A. P., & Webster, M. (2003). An analysis of psychological forensic reports for juvenile offenders. Collaborative Research Unit Monograph Series– Number 3. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia: Department of Juvenile Justice.
  • Thompson, A. P. (2000). Structured assessment of risks, needs and assets with juvenile offenders. Final report for the Department of Juvenile Justice New South Wales.
  • Thompson, A. P. (1998). Are rural health practitioners professionally isolated? In S. Sarantakos  (Ed.,), Quality of Life in Rural Australia (pp 20-24). Wagga Wagga, NSW: Centre for Rural Social Research, Charles Sturt University
Refereed Conference Proceedings  
  • McGrath, A., & Thompson, A. P. (2013). An Australian juvenile offender risk-need inventory and what we have learnt about its accuracy. Paper presented at Applied Research in Crime and Justice Conference, Sydney, February 2013.
  • McGrath, A., & Thompson, A. P. (2011). Actuarial risk assessment for juvenile offenders: Lessons from an Australian normative study. Paper presented at the 32nd Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health. City of Berlin 2011, July 17-23.
  • Thompson A. (2009) Psychologists for peace: APS interest group Initiatives and Peace Research. Symposium convenor. 44th APS Annual Conference (30 September – 04 October). Darwin Northern Territory
  • Burke, S., Beskow, M., Louis, W., Thompson, A., Trinder, M., & Wertheim, E. (2009). Initiatives of the APS interest group Psychologists for Peace. Presented at the 44th APS Annual Conference (30 September – 04 October). Darwin, Northern Territory.
  • McGrath, A., & Thompson, A. P. (2009). Assessing Indigenous and non-Indigenous juvenile offenders using the Youth Level of Service Case Management Inventory. Paper presented at the Indigenous young people, crime and justice conference. Australian Institute of Criminology,Parramatta, NSW, 31 August
  • O’Brien, A. E., & Thompson, A. P. (2008). Life regrets and subjective well-being in older adults. In K. Moore (Ed.), Proceedings of the 43rd APS Annual Conference (pp. 244-248). Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: The Australian Psychological Society Ltd.
  • Harrison, J. M. D., & Thompson, A. P. (2007). Evaluation of a group behavioural family intervention for families of young children with developmental disabilities. In K. Moore (Ed.) Proceedings of the 42nd APS Annual Conference (pp. 180-184). Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: The Australian Psychological Society Ltd.
  • Nolan, J., & Thompson, A. (2007). Repeated measures of psychological change in residential clients of an alcohol and drug treatment program. In K. Moore (Ed.) Proceedings of the 42nd APS Annual Conference (pp. 292-296). Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: The Australian Psychological Society Ltd.
  • Wilson, S. J., & Thompson, A. (2007). The adjustment of African refugee resettlers in a regional Australian city. In K. Moore (Ed.) Proceedings of the 42nd APS Annual Conference (pp. 420-424). Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: The Australian Psychological Society Ltd.
  • Heath, J., & Thompson, A. P. (2006). Extrafamilial child sexual abuse: An analysis of  briefs of evidence to investigate relationships between perpetrator, victim and offence. In M. Katsikitis (Ed.), Proceedings of the 2006 Joint Conference of the APS and NZPsS (pp. 180-184). Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: The Australian Psychological Society Ltd.
  • Magor-Blatch, L., & Thompson, A. P. (2006). Is there concurrent validity between assessments made by correctional officers utilising the Level of Service Inventory-Revised and self –assessments made by offenders. In M.Katsikitis (Ed.), Proceedings of the 2006 Joint Conference of the APS and NZPsS (pp. 229-233). Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: The Australian Psychological Society Ltd.
  • Thompson. A. P. (2006). Do we need to worry about subgroup differences in juvenile offender risk-need assessment. In M. Katsikitis (Ed.), Proceedings of the 2006 Joint Conference of the APS and NZPsS (pp.445-449). Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: The Australian Psychological Society Ltd.
  • Thompson, A. P. (2005). Risk-need assessment with juvenile offenders: Past, present and future. In M. Katsikitis (Ed.), Proceedings of the 40th APS Annual conference (pp. 343-347). Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: The Australian Psychological Society Ltd.
  • Upperton, R., & Thompson, A. P., (2005). Predicting recidivism: A risk assessment inventory versus juvenile justice officers. In M. Katsikitis (Ed.), Proceedings of the 40th APS Annual Conference (pp. 236-241). Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: The Australian Psychological Society Ltd.
  • Thompson, A. P., & Pope, Z. (2003). The conceptual and psychometric basis for risk-need assessment in juvenile justice. In M. Katsikitis (Ed.), Proceedings of the 38th APS Annual Conference (pp 224-228). Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: The Australian Psychological Society.
  • Upperton, R., & Thompson, A. P., (2003). Risk assessment in juvenile justice:Predictive and practical utility. In M. Katsikitis (Ed.), Proceedings of the 38th APS Annual Conference (pp. 236-241). Melbourne, Victoria,Australia: The Australian Psychological Society Ltd.
Research grants and contracts
  • Thompson, A. P., McGrath, A., & Delahunty, J. (2010). Understanding low risk offenders who re-offend and high risk offenders who desist. NSW Department of Attorney General (Juvenile Justice) $45,584
  • Thompson, A. P., Boxall, D., Hodgins, G., & Patrick, K.(2006-2008) Key Lessons from Psychology: Promoting Psychological Well-being in Everyday Life. Charles Sturt University Faculty of Arts and Education Research Development Grant. $10,000
  • Thompson, A. P., & Keogh, T. (2000-2002). Extending our understanding and use of risk assessment in juvenile justice. Australian Research Council, SPIRT. $63,240
  • Thompson, A. P.  (1999). Structured assessment of risks, needs and assets with juvenile offenders. Department of Juvenile Justice, NSW, Australia $28,540

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Memberships

  • Registered Psychologist since 1976
  • Since 1997 with Registration Board of New South Wales
  • Australian Psychological Society
  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Orthopsychiatric Association

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