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Children and Families Research Centre

We have 6 keynote speakers

Plenary speakers

Professor Joanne Bourke
Sadists: A History of Rape-Murderers and Forensic Psychiatry

Professor Jack van Honk
A New Look at the Human Amygdala and Psychopathy

Professor Eddie Harmon-Jones
Anger and its (Surprising) Relationship with Positive Emotions

Ass. Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews
Understanding Racism and Bullying from Indigenous Standpoints

Other keynote speakers

ISRA Presidential Address: Professor Kaj Björkqvist
Childhood physical punishment as a predictor of victimisation from and perpetration of bullying and peer aggression at school

The ISRA J.P. Scott Award Address: Professor John Archer
Why are Men More Violent than Women?

Speaker Talks and Biographies

Professor Joanna Bourke
Birbeck College, London

Profile Picture of Joanna Bourke

Talk title: Sadists: A History of Rape-Murderers and Forensic Psychiatry

Joanna Bourke is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London, and Fellow of the British Academy. She is the prize-winning author of twelve books, including histories on modern warfare, military medicine, psychology and psychiatry, the emotions, and rape, as well as over 85 articles in academic journals. Among others, she is the author of Dismembering the Male: Men's Bodies, Britain, and the Great War (1996), An Intimate History of Killing (1999), Fear: A Cultural History (2005) and Rape: A History (2007). Her book, What it Means to be Human was published by Virago in 2011.  In 2014, she was the author of The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers (OUP) and Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play are Invading our Lives (Virago). Her books have been translated into Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Portuguese, Czech, Turkish, and Greek.


Professor Jack van Honk
Utrecht University, Netherlands
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Jack Van Honk Profile

Talk title: A New Look at the Human Amygdala and Psychopathy

Jack van Honk is Professor of Social Neuroscience at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and Professor in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. His research focus is on the psychoneuroendocrine mechanisms underlying human social and emotional behavior, especially social fear and aggression. In his research in the Netherlands and South Africa, Jack van Honk specializes in causal research methodologies: Not only placebo-controlled administration of the hormones testosterone, cortisol and oxytocin, and opioid agonists and antagonists, but also transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). In South Africa, he is furthermore project leader on the research into Urbach-Wiethe disease, a rare genetic syndrome (knock-out-of-function mutation of the ECM1 gene), which causes bilateral calcification of the basolateral amygdala, a regulating brain hub in fear and aggression. Jack van Honk has published 135 peer reviewed articles, mostly in high-impact international journals such as PNAS, Nature, Neuroimage, Human Brain Mapping, Psychological Science, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Archives of General Psychiatry and Biological Psychiatry. These have been cited more than 8400 times and he maintains an H-index of 55. Finally, Jack van Honk is the Editor for invited reviews of Psychoneuroendocrinology, Academic Editor of Plos One, and Associate Editor of Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Frontiers in Emotion Science and BMC Psychiatry.


Professor Eddie Harmon-Jones
University of NSW

Eddie Harmon-Jones Profile

Talk title: Anger and its (Surprising) Relationship with Positive Emotions

Eddie Harmon-Jones is Professor of Psychology at The University of New South Wales. His research focuses on emotions and motivations, their implications for social and cognitive processes, and their underlying physiological substrates. In 2012, he received the Career Trajectory Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. He has authored over 175 articles and book chapters, and has edited six scholarly books. Citations to his publications place him in the top 1% of cited scientists in Psychiatry/Psychology according to the Institute for Scientific Information's Essential Science Indicators. He has served as an associate editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and the International Journal of Psychophysiology. He is currently an associate editor of the journals Psychological Science and Emotion.


Ass. Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews
University of Technology, Sydney

Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews Profile

Talk title: Understanding Racism and Bullying from Indigenous Standpoints

Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews, of the D'harawal nation, is a researcher and lecturer whose outputs are increasingly encapsulating and promoting Aboriginal Australian standpoints and perspectives across a diversity of disciplines (most notably education and psychology). He has managed and led numerous research grants investigating a diversity of topics including, mental health, mentoring, identity, Traditional Knowledges, education, racism, and bullying. His projects have led to the development of a strong foundation in developing robust and diverse research designs, with an increasing dedication to Indigenous Research Methodologies. From this framework, he is continually developing his experience in applying quantitative and qualitative methods within his scholarly work. His research has also attracted a number of national and international awards (including the AARE Betty-Watts Indigenous Researcher award), and he has produced the Healing the Wounds of the Heart documentary focusing on developing resiliency against racism ( for Aboriginal youth.


Professor Kaj Björkqvist
Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Kaj Björkqvist Profile

Presidents address; Talk Title: Childhood physical punishment as a predictor of victimisation from and perpetration of bullying and peer aggression at school

Kaj Björkqvist, PhD, is a Professor of Developmental Psychology at Åbo Akademi University, Vasa, Finland (since 1992) as well as a Licensed Psychologist. He also leads a study program in peace, mediation, and conflict research. He has published 13 books and more than 100 scientific articles. His research is focused mostly on human aggression, more specifically indirect aggression, sex differences in aggression, bullying and peer aggression, and global mental health. His work has been published in Japanese, German, Italian, Finnish, and Swedish. Possibly his best known books internationally are "Of Mice and Women: Aspects of Female Aggression", (Björkqvist & Niemelä, 1994) and "Cultural Variation in Conflict Resolution: Alternatives to Violence", (Fry & Björkqvist, 1997). He has also published a well-received book on chess, "Romantic D-openings: An Opening Repertoire for White". He is currently the President of the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA).


Professor John Archer
University of Central Lancashire, UK

John Archer Profile

JP Scott Award Address. Talk Title: Why are men more violent than women?

John Archer is Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, United Kingdom. John's current research interests concern aggression and violence, in particular: sex differences in aggression in relation to sexual selection: young male violence in relation to evolutionary psychology (with Van Lal Thanzami); sex differences including partner violence (with Niki Graham-Kevan); aggression and bullying in secure institutions (with Jane Ireland); attributions about aggression: testosterone and aggression. He is also interested in human attachment to pets from an evolutionary perspective; grief and loss, and meta-analysis. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Aggressive Behavior and is a former President of the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA). He is the author of several books including The behavioural biology of aggression (1988), The nature of grief (1999), and Sex and gender (2nd edn 2002). He co-edited Developmental origins of aggression (2005: Guilford) with Richard Tremblay and Willard Hartup. He has published numerous articles, in a wide range of journals including Psychological Bulletin, American Psychologist, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.