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Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sexual Offending Behaviour

12 November, 2020 @ 12:30 17:00

There is a growing recognition of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) within the criminal justice system. There is increased recognition that the ability to negotiate the criminal justice process may be particularly complex and difficult for individuals with ASD. This can be exacerbated by the hidden nature of their impairments in that their relatively good verbal abilities may mask their underlying socio-communicative impairments. Therefore, when being interviewed by police or while being questioned during court proceedings, vulnerabilities in adults are not always identified.

Speaker details 

  • Dr Clare Allely is Reader in Forensic Psychology at the University of Salford and an affiliate member of the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre at Gothenburg University. Clare is co-founder of the Autism and the Criminal Justice Hub at the University of Salford. 
  • Dr Toni Wood is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Salford and is co-founder of the Autism and the Criminal Justice Hub at the University of Salford. 
  • Nick Dubin was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in 2004. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Oakland University, a Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities from the University of Detroit Mercy, and a Specialist Degree in Psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology.
  • Professor Larry Dubin is an Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy.


12.30pm – 12.45pm – Welcome and Introductions – Dr Clare Allely and Dr Toni Wood 

12.45pm – 1.30pm – Dr Clare Allely ‘ ASD and Sexual Offending Behaviour and the Viewing of Indecent Child Imagery: Understanding the Causes’

1.30pm – 2.15pm – Dr Toni Wood ‘ASD and Sexual Offending: A Case Study from a Criminological Perspective’

2.15pm – 2.30pm – Short break 

2.30pm – 4pm – Professor Larry Dubin and Nick Dubin ‘Autism & The Criminal Justice System: Knowledge to Better Achieve Justice’

4pm – 5pm – Panel Discussion and Questions

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