Professor Eva R Kimonis

Professor Eva R Kimonis

Professor Eva R Kimonis


Ph.D. University of New Orleans, 2005
M.S. University of New Orleans, 2003

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9385 2323
Email: Professor Eva R Kimonis
Fax: (02) 9385 1193

Office: Mathews, Room 1102

Research Summary

Research Areas: Developmental psychopathology; child clinical psychology; externalising and conduct problems; aggression and antisocial behaviour; violent offending; development, assessment and treatment of callous-unemotional traits and psychopathy.

Current Research Projects:
Development, Assessment and Treatment of Callous-Unemotional Traits  

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Eva R. Kimonis, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School of Psychology. She received her Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of New Orleans, with specialisations in developmental psychopathology and forensic psychology. She completed a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Irvine, with a focus on legal and policy issues. She also completed clinical-forensic postdoctoral residences with the Institute for Behavioral Sciences and the Law in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the University of South Florida’s Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child Development. She holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida’s Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute in Tampa, Florida, where she was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Faculty Award. Professor Kimonis is a Fulbright Scholar.           

Professor Kimonis’ program of research focusses on the development, assessment, and treatment of callous-unemotional traits and aggressive behavior in youth, with special interest in the roles of childhood maltreatment and emotional processing deficits. Her research has been published in top peer-reviewed journals in the fields of clinical, developmental, and forensic psychology.  She has authored several book chapters on childhood disruptive behaviour disorders and juvenile psychopathy. She is also the Section Editor for the Legal and Ethical Issues section of Cautin and Lilienfeld’s forthcoming Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Professor Kimonis has been involved in a large number of forensic cases in the United States at both the Federal and State Court level as part of an evaluation and consultation team.  She has experience with forensic evaluations and forensic consultation related to substance abuse, risk assessment, malingering, competency, sanity, domestic violence, child witnesses, and penalty phase evaluations. She is also an experienced provider of parent management training interventions, and is a certified provider and Level 1 trainer of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for young children with disruptive behaviours. She is Director of the Parent-Child Research Clinic at UNSW, where she treats children and families using an enhanced version of PCIT she developed for severe and treatment-resistant conduct problems.

Parent-Child Research Clinic Webpage:


PSYC 2101 - Assessment, Personality and Psychopathology
PSYC 3341 - Developmental Psychology
PSYC 7204 - Child Clinical Psychology
PSYC7401 - Interventions in Forensic Psychology 2


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Awards, Fellowships & Grants


2015, Jevon Scott Newman Award for Distinguished Early Career Contribution to the Scientific Study of Psychopathy, Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy

2013, Outstanding Faculty Award, University of South Florida

2012-2013, Fulbright Scholar Grant, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board

Selected Grants:

2014 - 2017
Like Father Like Son: A National Approach to Violence, Antisocial Behaviour and the Mental Health of Men and Boys, Movember Foundation, Role: Co-Chief Investigator

Testing an Adapted Evidence-Based Parent Training Intervention for Treatment-Resistant Conduct Problems in Young Children, UNSW Science Goldstar Grant, Role: Chief Investigator

2014 - 2016
Adapting Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for disruptive behavior in Greek Cypriot children
Leventis Foundation, Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Subtypes of Callous-Unemotional Traits in Incarcerated Youth
University of South Florida Neurosciences Collaborative Grant, Role: Principal Investigator

Personality and Brain Responses to Visual Stimuli (PI: Christopher Patrick)
NIMH RC1 MH089727, Role: Principal Investigator (subcontract)

Other Information


Consulting Editor:

Assessment (July 2011 - March 2014) 

Clinical Case Studies (June 2015 – Present)

Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology (March 2014 - December 2019)

Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment (January 2012 - December 2014)

Ad-Hoc Reviewer:
Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences & the Law, Child and Youth Care Forum, Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognition & Emotion, Criminal Justice & Behavior, Development & Psychopathology, International Clinical Psychopharmacology, International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Child and Family Studies, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Journal of Personality Disorders, Journal of Research on Adolescence, Law and Human Behavior, Psychological Medicine, Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment

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Elected Positions:

Executive Board Member (2015-2019), Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy:

Secretary (2009-2015), Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy