Michael Proeve

Dr Michael Proeve

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

I have a background as a clinical psychologist who worked particularly in forensic mental health settings. My research is concerned with various issues concerning assessment and treatment of offenders, as well as treatment approaches in clinical psychology, particularly mindfulness-based and other third wave interventions.

Remorse and shame in sentencing and offender rehabilitation

Shame in psychological disorders

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Assessment and treatment of sexual offenders

Treatment of psychological disorders


Moral Emotions Research Program

The Moral Emotions Research Group is concerned with the impact of moral emotions in mental health, interpersonal relationships, and the legal system. These emotions include the influence of shame, guilt and compassion in mental health and interpersonal relationships, and the influence of remorse and related emotions in the legal system and in rehabilitation of offenders. Studies include investigation of relationships between these emotions and mental health outcomes in community and clinical participants, and on psychological interventions for shame, in particular mindfulness and compassion interventions. Studies in legal and offender rehabilitation domains include the influence of remorse in sentencing and the relevance of moral emotions for offender rehabilitation.


Current Projects

  • Remorse evidence in sentencing
  • Shame, guilt and regret in offender rehabilitation 
  • Shame and Self-Forgiveness 
  • Shame and psychological disorders, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Psychological treatment of shame 
  • Mindfulness interventions
  • Factors in maintaining friendships 
  • Focus and outcomes of correctional psychological interventions


Available Research Projects 

Title: Borderline Personality Disorder

Project description: These projects are available for supervision in conjunction with the Borderline Personality Disorder Collaborative, a recent initiative in SA Health. Projects in the following areas may be available.

1. Feasibility study re: the use of Digital technology to deliver a short term group program for people with BPD to those in rural and remote regions

2. Pilot study  of a short-term group therapy program for people with a diagnosis of BPD (adult)



  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2012 - ongoing Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2012 Manager, Rehabilitation Programs Branch Department for Correctional Services
    2010 - 2010 Associate Professor University of Tabuk
    2003 - 2010 Senior Lecturer University of South Australia
    2002 - 2002 Acting Director Forensic Mental Health Service
    2000 - 2002 Director Sex Offender Treatment and Assessment Program
    1995 - 1999 Lecturer RMIT University
    1992 - 1994 Senior Psychologist Forensic Psychiatry Services
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2002 University of South Australia Australia PhD
    1989 La Trobe University Australia Master of Psychology
    1986 Flinders University of South Australia Australia B.Sc. (Hons).
    1985 University of Adelaide Australia B.Sc.
  • Research Interests

2021       School of Psychology, University of Adelaide collaborative small grants with SA Health Shame in OCD; BPD                             screening

2017-18  Risk Aware OLT grant partner, with Deakin University (With J. Sheen et al.)

2014        Consultancy, Royal Commission for Institutional Sexual Abuse. Evidence and frameworks for understanding perpetrators of institutional child sexual abuse. (With P. DelFabbro).

2014        RIBG small grant, School of Psychology, University of Adelaide. Shame, guilt, cognitive distortions and empathy in sexual offenders.

2008-9  Proposal for programmes in Practical Clinical Psychology for University of Tabuk, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

2003     Criminology Research Council grant, A conditional probability approach to risk assessment for different classes of victims of child sexual offenders. (with A.Day, P. Mohr).


Abnormal Psychology


Forensic and Correctional Psychology

Psychology Honours Co-Coordinator


  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Co-Supervisor Exploring the general causality orientation of tertiary students across disciplines and its interaction with low-level daily-commitment interventions on mental health Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Stella Panozzo
    2021 Co-Supervisor Evaluating the efficacy of “Growing with Gratitude”: A community school-based program for promoting students’ resilience and well-being Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Jasmine Claire Turner
    2018 Principal Supervisor Shame and Working Alliance in Therapeutic Relationships Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Full Time Daniel James Carabellese
    2018 Co-Supervisor The Act of Forgiveness: Can Psychological Flexibility Explain and Facilitate Genuine Intra and Interpersonal Forgiveness Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Part Time Mrs Jemima Rohini Bem
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - 2023 Co-Supervisor Best and close friendships in adulthood: The ups, downs, and in betweens
    (reciprocation, dissolution, distress, ostracism, and restoration)
    Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Sarah Elizabeth Williams
    2018 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Trust Heals, Commitment Hurts: Disentangling Predictors of Coping with Interpersonal Betrayal Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Josiah Krieg
    2016 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Shame and Working Alliance in Healthcare Relationships Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Part Time Mr Daniel James Carabellese
    2014 - 2021 Principal Supervisor The Dynamics of Self-Regulation Model in the Domain of Problematic Internet Usage: Can Commitment and Progress Frameworks Help Regulate Problematic Internet Use? Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Full Time Mr David William Dunbar
    2013 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Developing and piloting a trauma-informed yoga intervention for anxiety and depression in consumers with a chronic psychosis or mood-based disorder Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Nicole Anne Snaith
    2013 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Parenting with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder: A case for targeted interventions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Dianna Ruth Bartsch
    2013 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Considering Forensic Science: Juror Decision Making and Unvalidated Identification Evidence Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Charlotte Rachel Scobie
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Studies for the Development of Effective Lucid Dream Induction Techniques Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Denholm Adventure-Heart
    2012 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Associations between depression and coronary heart disease Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Alexis Wheeler
    2012 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Children: Is it feasible, acceptable, and effective, for prevention of internalizing difficulties in Australian primary school children? Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Part Time Miss Kathleen Mary Wright
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Member College of Forensic Psychologists, APS, SA Branch Australian psychological Society Australia
    2019 - ongoing Treasurer College of Clinical Psychologists, Australian Psychological Society SA Branch Australian Psychological Society Australia
    1991 - 1992 Secretary College of Forensic Psychologists, Australian Psychological Society - -
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    1991 - ongoing Member Australian Psychological Society -
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2013 - 2013 Government of South Australia Department of Education and Child Development - Australia
    2000 - 2009 Lutheran Church of Australia - - Australia
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83133818
  • Email: michael.proeve@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83133770
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes, floor 7
  • Org Unit: Psychology

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