Dr Russ Pratt
Founder and Principal
Dr Russ Pratt BA (Hons), DPsych., Adv Dip Bus Man., Forensic and Counselling Psychologist, founder and principal of Prime Forensic Psychology, is recognised as one of Australia’s most experienced forensic psychologists working in the areas of sexual abuse and child protection issues. From 2010 until 2017, he was one of just two specialist Statewide Principal Practitioners within the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to this he spent over 12 years with Monash Health working in the Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA) system (at SECASA). He holds specialist registration as both a Forensic and Counselling psychologist and is a Board Approved Supervisor. He has over 20 years’ experience working within the field of sexual assault and abuse, and with trauma, attachment, family systems and child protection issues. Russ regularly writes and presents locally, nationally and internationally regarding youth exhibiting sexually abusive behaviours, the impacts of pornography on sexual practice, particularly for youth and with those adolescents who sexually harm others, and trauma, attachment and brain development issues. He was a member of the Therapeutic Treatment Board (Victoria) between 2009 and 2017, and is currently a member of the NSW Children’s Guardian’s Expert Advisory Panel. He is an ANZATSA board member, a Fellow of ATSA (USA), a member of the ATSA (USA) Adolescent Issues Committee, and an honorary ‘elder’ and Board Member of the National Adolescent Perpetrator Network (USA).
Russ continues to work with sexually abusive youth and to write and research topics relevant to the field. He consults and provides training within Australian and internationally. His current research with Ms Cyra Fernandes (Australian Childhood Foundation) focuses on therapists’ views on the impact of pornography on sexually abusive youth.
Russ can be seen and heard regularly through print, television and radio as he is a popular interviewee and speaker on the topics of sexual abuse, pornography and trauma.