The Maconochie Prize is named for Alexander Maconochie, the governor of Norfolk Island Penal Colony in the 1840’s.  Alexander Maconochie was renowned for his progressive and enlightened approach to corrections and is considered the father of parole.

The Maconochie Prize encourages and rewards outstanding forensic psychology research by students for an outstanding publication in a referred journal based on a student’s thesis.

Administration

  1. The Award is the responsibility of the APS College of Forensic Psychologists.
  2. The National Executive of the APS College of Forensic Psychologists will nominate a selection committee of expert academic judges who must be members of the APS College of Forensic Psychologists to be responsible for recommending an appropriate recipient to the Board.
  3. The selection committee must not include: 
    1. the Secretary or Chair of the National Executive 
    2. any person involved in the publication (as a supervisor) of the nominated work.
  4. The Chair of the National Executive will address any concerns or discrepancies in the judging process.
  5. Winners will be notified by mail and the abstract of the publication will be published in The Profiler.

Eligibility

  1. Nominees need not be members of the Society.
  2. The nominee must be a student of an Australian university who has published as first author, an article on a topic of forensic psychology based on their Honours, Masters, or Doctoral thesis which has been submitted for a recognised qualification in psychology.
  3. The article must be published either during their degree or within a five year period of the confirmation of their degree.
  4. Students may only enter one publication per thesis; however, students who have completed multiple theses may submit one entry per completed thesis.

Nomination process

  1. Calls for nomination for the Maconochie Prize will be published in InPsych.
  2. Nominations should be addressed to the Secretary of the National Executive of the APS College of Forensic Psychologists.
  3. Nominations must include a copy of the published article together with the full details of publication.
  4. All nominations must include full contact details for the supervisor(s).

Value of the award

  1. Successful candidates for the Maconochie Prize will receive an award of $500 and a certificate.
  2. The runner-up for the Maconochie Prize will also receive a certificate.

Closing date

Nominations close 31 July

Please send nominations to:

Maconochie Prize
Member Groups Administrator (Colleges)
The Australian Psychological Society
PO Box 38
Flinders Lane VIC 8009

Contact:

 

Tel: 03 8662 3300
Email: colleges@psychology.org.au

Previous winners

2013 Kimberley Burrows
2012 Kerrilee Hollows
2011 Peter Ashkar, University of Sydney
2010  Dominic Doyle, Monash University
2009  Dr Kristy Martire 
2008  Ms Carolyn Hughes-Scholes 
2007  Mr David Bright
2006  Mr Nathan Weber 
2005  Mr Luke Broomhall 
2004 Dr Carolyn Semmler
2003 Ms Francesca Bell - Best Honours/Masters Thesis in a Forensic Area
2002

Dr Jennifer McCarthy - Best Doctorate Thesis in a Forensic Area
Dr Susan Dennison - Best Doctorate Thesis in a Forensic Area
Ms Stella Fronis - Best Honours/Masters Thesis in a Forensic Area

2001

Dr Brian McGuire - National Winner - Best Thesis in a Forensic Area
Mr Troy Daniels - Queensland Winner - Best Thesis in a Forensic Area
Ms Katherine Day - South Australian Winner - Best Thesis in a Forensic Area
Ms Elizabeth Le Clercq - Victorian Winner - Best Thesis in a Forensic Area
Mrs Mary-Anne Martin - Western Australian Winner - Best Thesis in a Forensic Area

2000 Ms Robyn Holliday
Mrs Mary-Anne Martin -
Western Australian Winner
1999

Mr Stephen Smallbone
Miss Michaela Wesson (NSW Section Winner)
Ms Helen Braithwaite (SA Section Winner)

(inaugural prize)