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.
- My Research
- Grants and Funding
- Professional Activities
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.
- 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
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
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.
Year Citation 2019 Scobie, C., Semmler, C., & Proeve, M. (2019). Considering forensic science: individual differences, opposing expert testimony and juror decision making. Psychology, Crime and Law, 25(1), 23-49.
2019 Torbet, S., Proeve, M., & Roberts, R. (2019). Self-Compassion: a Protective Factor for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Mindfulness, 10(12), 2492-2506.
2019 Sheen, J., Graj, E., Dudley, A., Wallace, B., Sutherland-Smith, W., Kavadas, V., . . . Dunstan, D. (2019). Occupational risks during clinical placement: Key stakeholder perceptions. Australian Psychologist, 16 pages.
2019 Cheok, F., & Proeve, M. (2019). The Role of Perspective Taking and Alexithymia in Associations Between Shame, Guilt, and Social Anxiety. JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY, 33(4), 286-300.
2019 Carabellese, D., Proeve, M., & Roberts, R. (2019). Relationship of patient shame to working alliance and satisfaction: a preliminary investigation. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 14(4), 251-263.
2019 Wright, K., Roberts, R., & Proeve, M. (2019). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Children (MBCT-C) for Prevention of Internalizing Difficulties: a Small Randomized Controlled Trial with Australian Primary School Children. Mindfulness, 10(11), 2277-2293.
2019 Proeve, M., & Wolf, G. (2019). Professional reports for sentencing courts: recommendations for reporting on child exploitation material offenders’ risk of recidivism and prospects for rehabilitation. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.
2019 Malvaso, C., Proeve, M., Delfabbro, P., & Cale, J. (2019). Characteristics of children with problem sexual behaviour and adolescent perpetrators of sexual abuse: a systematic review. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 26 pages.
2018 Rossmanith, K., Tudor, S., & Proeve, M. (2018). Courtroom contrition: how do judges know?. Griffith Law Review, 27(3), 366-384.
2018 Snaith, N., Schultz, T., Proeve, M., & Rasmussen, P. (2018). Mindfulness, self-compassion, anxiety and depression measures in South Australian yoga participants: implications for designing a yoga intervention. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 32, 92-99.
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2018 Dunbar, D., Proeve, M., & Roberts, R. (2018). Problematic Internet Usage self-control dilemmas: The opposite effects of commitment and progress framing cues on perceived value of internet, academic and social behaviors. Computers in Human Behavior, 82, 16-33.
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2018 Proeve, M., Anton, R., & Kenny, M. (2018). Effects of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy on shame, self-compassion and psychological distress in anxious and depressed patients: A pilot study. Psychol Psychother, 91(4), 434-449.
2017 Aspy, D., Delfabbro, P., Proeve, M., & Mohr, P. (2017). Reality testing and the mnemonic induction of lucid dreams: Findings from the national Australian lucid dream induction study. Dreaming, 27(3), 206-231.
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2017 Butterfield, N., Schultz, T., Rasmussen, P., & Proeve, M. (2017). Yoga and mindfulness for anxiety and depression and the role of mental health professionals: a literature review. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 12(1), 44-54.
2017 Dunbar, D., Proeve, M., & Roberts, R. (2017). Problematic internet usage self-regulation dilemmas: Effects of presentation format on perceived value of behavior. Computers in Human Behavior, 70, 453-459.
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2017 Aspy, D., & Proeve, M. (2017). Mindfulness and Loving-Kindness Meditation: Effects on Connectedness to Humanity and to the Natural World. Psychological Reports, 120(1), 102-117.
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2016 Bartsch, D., Roberts, R., Davies, M., & Proeve, M. (2016). Understanding the Experience of Parents with a Diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. Australian Psychologist, 51(6), 472-480.
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2015 Aspy, D., Delfabbro, P., & Proeve, M. (2015). Is dream recall underestimated by retrospective measures and enhanced by keeping a logbook? A review. Consciousness and Cognition, 33, 364-374.
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2015 Bartsch, D., Roberts, R., Davies, M., & Proeve, M. (2015). The impact of parental diagnosis of borderline personality disorder on offspring: Learning from clinical practice. Personality and Mental Health, 9(1), 33-43.
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2015 Malvaso, C., Delfabbro, P., Proeve, M., & Nobes, G. (2015). Predictors of child injury in biological and stepfamilies. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 8(3), 149-159.
2015 Bartsch, D., Roberts, R., Davies, M., & Proeve, M. (2015). Borderline personality disorder and parenting: Clinician perspectives. Advances in Mental Health, 13(2), 113-126.
2014 Wheeler, A., Denson, L., Neil, C., Tucker, G., Kenny, M., Beltrame, J., . . . Proeve, M. (2014). Investigating the effect of mindfulness training on heart rate variability in mental health outpatients: a pilot study. Behaviour Change, 31(3), 175-188.
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2014 Woods, H., & Proeve, M. (2014). Relationships of mindfulness, self-compassion, and meditation experience with shame-proneness. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: an international quarterly, 28(1), 20-33.
2014 Cathcart, S., Galatis, N., Immink, M., Proeve, M., & Petkov, J. (2014). Brief mindfulness-based therapy for chronic tension-type headache: a randomized controlled pilot study. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 42(1), 1-15.
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2013 Hopkins, A., & Proeve, M. (2013). Teaching mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to trainee psychologists: qualitative and quantitative effects. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 26(2), 115-130.
2013 Cathcart, S., Barone, V., Immink, M., Proeve, M., & Hayball, J. (2013). Mindfulness training does not reduce inflammatory cytokine levels in chronic tension-type headache. Journal of Pain Management, 6(3), 235-238.
2013 Cathcart, S., Barone, V., Immink, M., & Proeve, M. (2013). Mindfulness training does not reduce generalized hyperalgesia in chronic tension-type headache. Journal of Pain Management, 6(3), 217-221.
2010 Sim, D., & Proeve, M. (2010). Crossover and stability of victim type in child molesters. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 15(2), 401-413.
2009 Zerk, D., Mertin, P., & Proeve, M. (2009). Domestic violence and maternal reports of young children's functioning. Journal of Family Violence, 24(7), 423-432.
2009 Proeve, M. (2009). A preliminary examination of specific risk assessment for sexual offenders against children. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 18(6), 583-593.
2009 Proeve, M. (2009). Issues in the application of Bayes' Theorem to child abuse decision making. Child Maltreatment, 14(1), 114-120.
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2009 Proeve, M. (2009). A minimal scale for assessment of multiple offending risk in sexual offenders against children. Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 1(2), 20-27. 2009 Harvey, K., Galletly, C., Field, C., & Proeve, M. (2009). The effects of verbalisation on cognitive performance in schizophrenia: A pilot study using tasks from Delis Kaplan Executive Function System. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 19(5), 733-741.
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2007 King, D., & Proeve, M. (2007). Shame, guilt, depression, anxiety, and substance use amongst professional counsellors in Australia. Counselling, Psychotherapy and Health, 3(1), 88-103. 2007 Proeve, M., & Reilly, E. (2007). Personal and offending characteristics of child sexual offenders who have been sexually abused. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 14(2), 251-259.
2006 Proeve, M., & Howells, K. (2006). Effects of remorse and shame and criminal justice experience on judgements about a sex offender. Psychology, Crime and Law, 12(2), 145-161.
2006 Proeve, M., Day, A., Mohr, P., & Hawkins, K. (2006). Specific risk assessment based on victim type in child sexual offenders. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 13(1), 28-40.
2006 Pelling, N., & Proeve, M. (2006). Australian and New Zealand university clinical and counselling psychology staff: maintaining practice in academe. Australian Psychologist, 41(2), 112-119.
2006 Galletly, C., Proeve, M., Field, C., & Harvey, K. (2006). Silence is golden? Improving cognitive performance in schizophrenia.. Acta neuropsychiatrica, 18(6), 251.
2002 Proeve, M., & Howells, K. (2002). Shame and guilt in child sexual offenders. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 46(6), 657-667.
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2000 Dowling, N., Smith, D., Proeve, M., & Lee, J. (2000). The multiphasic sex inventory: A comparison of American and Australian samples of sexual offenders. Australian Psychologist, 35(3), 244-248.
2000 Neill, L., & Proeve, M. (2000). Ethnicity, gender, self-esteem, and coping styles: A comparison of Australian and South-East Asian secondary students. Australian Psychologist, 35(3), 216-220.
1999 Proeve, M., Smith, D., & Niblo, D. (1999). Mitigation without definition: Remorse in the criminal justice system. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 32(1), 16-26.
1996 Lee, J., Proeve, M., Lancaster, M., Jackson, H., Pattison, P., & Mullen, P. (1996). The effectiveness of a community-based treatment program for sex offenders.. Australian Psychologist, 31, 147-152. 1996 Lee, J., Proeve, M., Lancaster, M., Jackson, H., Pattison, P., & Mullen, P. (1996). An evaluation and 1-year follow-up study of a community-based treatment program for sex offenders. Australian Psychologist, 31(2), 147-152.
1995 Proeve, M. (1995). A multimodal therapy approach to treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder: a case study.. Psychological reports, 76(2), 587-592.
1990 Copolov, D., McGorry, P., Singh, B., Proeve, M., & Riel, R. V. (1990). The influence of gender on the classification of psychotic disorders ? a multidiagnostic approach. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 82(1), 8-12.
Year Citation 2017 Proeve, M., & Chamberlain, P. (2017). Paraphilic Disorders. In N. Pelling, & L. Burton (Eds.), Abnormal psychology in context: The Australian and New Zealand handbook (1 ed., pp. 266-275). Port Melbourne, VIC: Cambridge University Press. 2017 Burton, L., Adamson, M., Beccaria, G., Bird, K., Brown, J., Cook, L., . . . Upsdell, T. (2017). Assessment: Diagnoses and testing. In N. Pelling, & L. Burton (Eds.), The Elements of Applied Psychological Practice in Australia: Preparing for the National Psychology Examination (pp. 40-111). 2013 Cathcart, S., Vedova, C., Immink, M., Proeve, M., & Hayball, J. (2013). Mindfulness training and inflammatory cytokine levels in chronic tension-type headache. In Disability and Chronic Disease (pp. 153-158). 2013 Cathcart, S., Barone, V., Immink, M., & Proeve, M. (2013). Mindfulness training and chronic tension-type headache. In Disability and Chronic Disease (pp. 145-152). 2010 Proeve, M. (2010). CBT, happiness and evidence-based practice. In D. Loewenthal, & R. House (Eds.), Critically engaging CBT (pp. 145-159). Berkshire, England: Open University Press. 2006 Proeve, M., & Howells, K. (2006). Shame and guilt in child molesters. In Sexual offender treatment: controversial issues, 2006 (pp. 125-139). Wiley.
2003 Proeve, M. (2003). Responsivity factors in sexual offender treatment. In Sexual Deviance: Issues and Controversies (pp. 244-261).
Year Citation 1992 Proeve, M. J. (1992). Remorse in the criminal justice system.. In Proceedings of the 13th Congress of Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychologyand the Law. Melbourne. 1987 Proeve, M. J., Clark, R., & Geffen, G. (1987). Do surgical lesions of the corpus callosum produce recent memory deficits?. In Brain Impairment: Proceedings of Eleventh Annual Conference of Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment. Adelaide.
Year Citation 2019 Carabellese, D. J., Proeve, M., & Roberts, R. (2019). Shame & Relationships in Healthcare. Poster session presented at the meeting of 2019 Florey Postgraduate Research Conference. 2017 Wright, K. M., Roberts, R., & Proeve, M. (2017). Comparing Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Children (MBCT-C) to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: A Randomised Controlled Trial of Australian School Children (Oral Presentation). Poster session presented at the meeting of 47th Annual Congress of the European Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Ljubljana, Slovenia. 2016 Wright, K. M., Roberts, R., & Proeve, M. (2016). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Children (MBCT-C): Results of a mixed-methods pilot test with Australian Primary School Children (Oral Presentation). Poster session presented at the meeting of 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies 2016. Melbourne, Australia. 2016 Butterfield, N., Schultz, T., Rasmussen, P., & Proeve, M. (2016). Yoga for stress, anxiety and depression: Developing an appropriate intervention for mental health consumers. Poster session presented at the meeting of INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING. WILEY-BLACKWELL.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2016 Proeve, M. J., Malvaso, C., & DelFabbro, P. (2016). Evidence and frameworks for understanding perpetrators of institutional child sexual abuse.. 2004 Proeve, M. J., Day, A., Mohr, P., & Hawkins, K. (2004). A conditional probability approach to risk assessment for child sexual offenders with different classes of victim.
Year Citation 2002 Proeve, M. J. (2002). Remorse: Its Description and Interpersonal Effects. (PhD Thesis, University of South Australia).
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).
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 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 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 Trust and Forgiveness Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Josiah Cameron Krieg 2016 Principal Supervisor Shame and Working Alliance in Therapeutic Relationships Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Part Time Daniel James Carabellese 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 2013 Co-Supervisor Parenting issues for Parents with a Diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder and the Impact on Children Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Dianna Ruth Bartsch
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 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
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2004 - 2006 Member College of Clinical Psychologists, Australian Psychological Society SA Branch — — 1991 - 1992 Secretary College of Forensic Psychologists, Australian Psychological Society — —
Date Role Membership Country 1991 - ongoing Member Australian Psychological Society —
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
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