Dr Melissa de Vel-Palumbo


College of Business, Government and Law

place Law & Commerce (3.35)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Broadly speaking, my research investigates issues at the nexus of psychology and the criminal justice system. My research examines the social-psychological needs of transgressors, particularly the way that people process feelings of guilt and shame. I also research the functions and effects of community reactions to injustice, such as retributive and restorative justice policies, and punitive attitudes towards offenders. I am also interested in the factors that lead to and maintain antisocial behaviour.


Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) - 2018 (Flinders University)
Master of Psychology (Forensic) - 2012 (UNSW)
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) - 2009 (Adelaide University)

Honours, awards and grants

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship - 2019-2020 (European Commission)

Topic coordinator
CRIM1102 Criminal justice system
CRIM3402 Advanced research methods and analysis
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