Clare Sarah Allely

Clare Sarah Allely is Reader in Psychology at the University of Salford and is an affiliate member of the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre at Gothenburg University. Clare is also an Honorary Research Fellow in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences affiliated to the institute of Health and Well-being at the University of Glasgow.

Clare holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Manchester and has previously graduated with an MA (hons.) in Psychology from the University of Glasgow, an MRes in Psychological Research Methods from the University of Strathclyde and an MSc degree in Forensic Psychology from Glasgow Caledonian University. Between June 2011 and June 2014, Clare worked at the University of Glasgow as a postdoctoral researcher.

Current research projects and interests include the pathway to intended violence in mass shooters; autism spectrum disorders in the criminal justice system (police, courts, prisons); the psychology of terrorism and research into brain injury or neurodevelopmental disorders in forensic populations.

She is currently working on a project with her colleague, Dr Toni Wood (Lecturer in Criminology), looking at autism spectrum disorders in the prison environment. Clare is also working on a number of papers exploring the pathway to intended violence in mass shooters with her colleague, Dr Lino Faccini, a Licensed Psychologist based in New York. Psychology is playing a bigger part in court cases in terms of the judges’, lawyers’ and jurors’ understanding of the accused and witnesses. Clare has published work with Professor Penny Cooper. 

Clare was also part of a small team which developed a toolkit for criminal justice professionals published in 2017: ‘Planning to question someone with an autism spectrum disorder including Asperger syndrome’ for The Advocate’s Gateway. 

Clare welcomes enquiries from well-qualified students who are interested in PhD study within these broad areas. Clare serves as an editorial board member for Psychreg Journal of Psychology.

You can follow her on Twitter @ClareAllely and view further information on her staff profile. You can follow the ‘Autism and the Criminal Justice System’ Project on Twitter @UoS_Acjs. The project also has a website

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