Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Bianca Spaccavento

Dr Bianca Spaccavento

BSc (Hons – Psychology), Dip Correctional Administration, DPsych (Forensic)

Profile

Bianca is a registered forensic psychologist with 17 years of former practice in the correctional industry, including service as both Principal Psychologist and Director of Services with Corrective Services NSW. Prior to leadership roles, Bianca’s clinical practice specialised in assessment of people with moderate to severe and complex psychological dysfunction (including mental illness, neuropsychological impairment, and personality disorder), requiring behaviour management for dangerous, challenging, resistant or other antisocial behaviours within higher security environments. Later practice focused on the state-wide application and governance of ethical and professional issues in correctional psychology.

Bianca has recently commenced lecturing in Psychology at CSU. She has previously worked for CSU as both a thesis marker for the School of Psychology and as a tutor with the Indigenous Academic Support Program. Bianca has been registered as casual academic staff with CSU’s School of Psychology, School of Humanities and Social Science, Centre for Law and Justice, and Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security since 2018.

Bianca is also currently a Professional Member of the Psychology Council of NSW, and a practicing accredited supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia in the forensic registrar program. She also currently provides private consultancy to several government agencies in the forensic area.

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Teaching

PSY305 – Psychology of Personality

PSY422 – Forensic Psychology

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Research

Bianca’s doctoral thesis explored the role of cognitive inflexibility in re-offending behaviours.

More generally, her interests include the psychology of offending behaviour - including the genesis of offending behaviour within society, psychology of recidivism, psychology of desistance, readiness to change behaviour, offending within high security environments, reintegration from high security environments, measurement of behavioral threat and risk, therapeutic jurisprudence, and the application and effectiveness of psychologically informed correctional policies.

More recent interests include person-environment fit in high security, intelligence and law enforcement environments, as well as best practice in governance of ethical and professional issues in forensic psychology.

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Professional Memberships

Bianca is a registered psychologist - with endorsement in the forensic area of practice - with the Psychology Board of Australia, where she is also an accredited supervisor for all supervision categories.

She is a member of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL), and was a member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia for 7 years.

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Selected Publications

Publications

Spaccavento, B., Dowel, N. & Quilkey, C. (2008). Custody and sentence planning – a throughcare model for ‘AA’ (terrorist) inmates. Australasian Journal of Correctional Staff Development, Vol 3(1)

Conference Presentations

Is Re-Offending Related to Cognitive Inflexibility? Australian & New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology & Law (ANZPPL) annual conference, ‘Risks vs Rights’, Manly, October 2008.

Keeping Offenders a Hair’s Breadth Out From Custody – A New Use of Psychology in Community Correctional Settings. Australian & New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology & Law (ANZPPL) annual conference, ‘Risks vs Rights’, Manly, October 2008.

Consultation from Within: Profiling and Compliance Monitoring of Offenders in Community Settings – A New Use of Forensic Psychology. APS College of Forensic Psychologists biennial conference, ‘Advancing Forensic Psychology’ Melbourne, February 2009.

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