With reference to prominent cases in South Australia, Adelaide based Forensic Psychologist Luke Broomhall will unpack the major causative and contributing theories and factors relevant to understanding violent and aggressive behaviour.  The presentation will cover aspects of mental impairment and diminished responsibility, the construct of psychopathy, theories of parental harm to children and reactive/situational responses. The question of whether people who commit violent acts are “mad or bad” will be challenged and discussed, with conclusions draw to enhance understanding of these complex human behaviours.


Luke Broomhall is a Forensic Psychologist who started in workers compensation and workplace consulting, then “went to jail” (as an employee!) to work with some of the most serious offenders in Australia and now uses his expertise to assist Courts and Organisations to understand and manage aberrant personality characteristics. He is the past chair of the Australian Psychological Society College of Forensic Psychology (SA Branch) and presenter at Tedx Adelaide 2015.

Luke has conducted personality profiling assessments in complex criminal matters in South Australia and provides expert medico-legal opinion. His opinion is regularly sought in legal circles when examining the impact of personality and mental health problems in criminal behaviour. He is currently the Director of PsychCheck; providing pre-employment Psychological Suitability Assessments for government and private organisations. 

Luke has a particular interest in managing complex personality issues in the workplace (including ‘corporate psychopathy’), developing individual skills for success in leadership and training in managing mental health in the workplace. 

8:30 PM @The Alma - 66 Magill Rd, NORWOOD