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 legal contexts

Shame as a treatment issue

Assessment and treatment of sexual offenders

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

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 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 the influence of psychological interventions, in particular mindfulness-related interventions, on shame. 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
  • Remorse in Criminal Justice (jointly edited book)
  • Shame in healthcare relationships 
  • Shame and Self-Forgiveness 
  • Psychological treatment of shame 
  • Shame and repairability 
  • Alexithymia and mindfulness 
  • Self-regulation in problematic internet usage 
  • Mindful Self-Compassion evaluation 
  • Yoga for severe mental health problems 
  • Factors in maintaining friendships 


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. The following projects may be available.

1. Develop psychometric data for a brief scale of self-destructive/impulsive behaviours

2. 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

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

4. Mechanisms of change within short-term group therapy program – The role of emotional regulation and mentalisation


PhD level projects may include:

1. The prevalence of BPD in the SA criminal justice system; availability and access to treatment.​

Projects available for: Master of Psychology and PhD
Location: Hughes Building, North Tce)
Research project start: Semester 1

Special requirements: None


  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2012 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

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

Program Coordinator, Master of Psychology (Clinical)



Psychology 1B – Motivation and Emotion


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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    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 Full Time Mrs Jasmine Claire Turner
    2020 Co-Supervisor Friendship and relationship maintenance and decay - factors and clinical implications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Sarah Elizabeth Williams
    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 Full Time Mrs Jemima Rohini Bem
    2013 Co-Supervisor The Effectiveness of Yoga and Meditation for Managing Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Nicole Anne Snaith
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Trust Heals, Commitment Hurts: Disentangling Predictors of Coping with Interpersonal Betrayal Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Josiah Cameron Krieg
    2016 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Shame and Working Alliance in Healthcare Relationships Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Part Time 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 - 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 Jay Aspy
    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
    2019 - ongoing Secretary 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: 8313 3770
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes, floor 7
  • Room: 7 27
  • Org Unit: School of Psychology

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