Annalese Bolton

Annalese Bolton

Annalese Bolton

Doctoral Candidate and Forensic Psychologist

FCFP, MAPS, M.Psych (Forensic),  B.Psych (Hons) 






Research Summary

Supervisors: Professor Ben Newell, Professor Simon Gandevia

Research Topic: Bolstering response decision making to child protection situations


UNSW: PSYC3301: Psychology and Law
- Guest Lecturer, Semester 1, 2018
UNSW: PSYC7403: Experimental Psychology and Law
- Guest Teacher, Semester 1, 2018
UNSW: PSYC7401: Interventions in Forensic Psychology 2
- Guest Teacher, Semester 1, 2018
NeuRA: Clear Thinking workshops
- Co-developer and presenter, 2016, 2017, 2018


Bolton & Newell (2017). Applying behavioural science to government policy: Finding the ‘Goldilocks Zone’. Journal of Behavioural Economics for Policy, 1 (Special Issue), 9-14.

Bolton & Newell (2017). Finding the ‘Goldilocks Zone’ is both a challenge and an opportunity: A reply to Soon. Journal of Behavioural Economics for Policy, 1 (Special Issue), 19-20.

Lennings, Bolton, & Collins (2011). Assessing the risk of child sexual abuse in litigious families in the Family Court. In D.P. Boer, R. Eher, L.A. Craig, M.H. Miner & F. Pfafflin (Eds.), International perspectives on the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders: Theory, practice and research. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Bolton & Lennings (2010). Clinical opinions of structured risk assessments for forensic child protection: The development of a clinically relevant device. Children and Youth Services Review, 32, 1300-1310.

Conference Presentations & Talks

Improving child maltreatment response decision-making: A Behavioural Insights randomized control trial. Poster presentation at the Society of Judgement and Decision Making Conference (2018)

Bolstering health mandatory reporters’ response decision making to child protection situations. Oral presentation at the Sydney Psychology Postgraduate Conference (2017).

Clinical opinions of structured risk assessments for forensic child protection: The development of a clinically relevant device. Oral presentation at the  Australian Psychological Societies College of Forensic Psychology conference (2009).

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

UNSW PRSS Travel Scholarship (2018)

HARVARD Center for Public Leadership, BIG Ideas Doctoral Workshop attendance and travel grant US$1,500 (2017)

Sydney Psychology Postgraduate Conference, Best proposal talk (2017)

Research Training Program Scholarship (2016-2019)

NeuRA scholarship (2016-2019)

Affiliations & Memberships

AHPRA approved supervisor

AHPRA registration (forensic endorsement)

APS member

APS forensic college member

Other Information

Employment History

2016 - Date: “Forensic Psychologist” at Kids Konnect Psychological Services (2016 – Date) & LSC Psychology (2016-2017). Position involves: Forensic assessment reports (e.g. Child protection, guardianship, parenting capacity, bonding and attachment, family impact, carer assessments, etc.) and treatment with care-givers (e.g. behavioural management plans, assisting parents/carers to meet the needs of the child).

2015: “Acting Psychology Team Leader” at Family and Community Services, Community Services (FACS,CS). I managed a team of 8 psychologists and provided clinical supervision.

2010 - 2016: “Specialist Psychologist” at FACS,CS. Position involved: 1. Consultation – I consulted on over 380 child protection cases. 2. Assessments – e.g. parenting capacity, risk of future harm, behavioural management and treatment plans.  3. Interventions – e.g. CBT, behavioural management support, Trauma focused CBT. 4. Training – e.g. complex trauma training, behavioural management plans, what psychologists in legal settings can do.

2009 – Date: “Research Assistant” at NeuRA. Casual position. Involves: Decision making research (managing cognitive biases and decision-making errors).

2007 – 2010: Masters of Psychology (Forensic) UNSW. Thesis: Child protection risk assessment. Intern placements: 1. LSC Psychology – Forensic assessment with youth and adults. 2. Jarrah House - Individual and group therapy for drug and alcohol abuse. 3. Department of Community Services Research to Practice Centre – Research on children from non-English speaking backgrounds in Out of Home Care.

2005: Bachelor of Psychology (incl. honours) UNSW. Thesis: Risk perception.

2003: Australian Bureau of Statistics, ACT Office: “Officer Level 4”. Position involved research and publications.

2001 -2003: Volunteer “Mentor” with the Police & Citizens Youth Club, working with “at risk” youth.


• IPAA NSW Drive Your Career Program for High Potential Women (2012)

• FACS Adoptions Assessment Training (2018)

• Expert witness training with NSW Bar Association (2017)

• Interviewing children by Prof. Powell (2015)

• Various trauma-focused therapy (TF-CBT) training (2012-2014)

• Motivational interviewing (2013) 

• Working with Aboriginal clients by AIPA (2011)

• Investigative interviewing by Dr Griffiths (2011)

• Narrative approaches by Dr Hewson (2011)

• Assessing and treating youth who sexually abuse by Prof. Gilgun (2011)

• Working with Men who perpetrate family violence (2012)