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Professor Arthur Veno


Adjunct Professor of Social Sciences and Psychology, Victoria University.




Please describe your current position.
2009 - Present. Adjunct Professor of Social Sciences and Psychology, Victoria University

What tertiary training (if any) do you have in community psychology?

What are the most valuable things you learnt in your community psychology training?
How to advocate for minority groups. How to bring Psychological theory and practice to community settings that have an agenda for well being and tolerance. Political wisdom. The ability to use the media to achieve social ends.

Please list your academic qualifications.
BA (Psychology and Biology), San Francisco State University, California, USA
PhD (Social Psychology), University of California at San Francisco, California, USA. Minor papers in Criminology and Community Psychology

What are the most important things you learnt in the field (or in an academic setting) about community psychology?
You are going to get your arse kicked by the military/industrial establishment, get used to it, and proceed to follow through on your action research plan. If you are lucky, you'll get mentioned in Parliaments' Hansard...you know you are winning the 'good fight'! It is also absolutely imperative to speak with colleagues about the issues of concern, particularly when using action research.

What advice would you offer to someone contemplating a career in community psychology?
Go for it... The world certainly needs Psychologists who are part of the broader social change agenda brought to our shores from both a Critical Psychology basis and Liberation Psychology.

What are your research interests?
Moral Panics
Building peaceful communities
Social Activism
Action/research methods

Please add any other comments or information relevant to your work as a community Psychologist.
The ideology and principles of CP serve as a beacon and guide to your social action.

Previous Appointments:
2001-2009: Honorary Research Associate, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Faculty of Arts, Monash University

2000-2001: Professor and Head of School, Arts and Sciences, Monash University South Africa

1997-1999: Associate Professor, Director, Centre for Police and Justice Studies and Deputy Director, School of Public Policy, Monash University.

1985-1997: Senior Lecturer, Monash University - Responsible for teaching Research Methods, Community and Social Psychology from 1985-1994. From late 1994, I moved to the Centre for Police and Justice Studies where I developed and taught courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Criminology.

1983-1984: Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Charles Sturt University. Responsible for teaching Research Methods, Community Psychology to on campus undergraduate students; Psychology of Law Enforcement at an Associate Diploma level in the Justice Administration course.

1981-1983: Coordinator of Community Psychology, Department of Psychology, John Curtin University. Responsible for teaching fourth year Community Psychology.

1980: Human Relations Consultant, Brisbane - Dr. A. Veno & Associates.

1979: Head, Department of Psychology and Philosophy, University of Zambia. Responsible for administration and teaching in the Department.

1978: Senior Researcher, Bureau of Crime, Statistics and Research (NSW). Responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of an Associate of Criminal Justice Course for Police and Prison Officers.

1974-1978: Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Queensland.Responsible for the teaching of undergraduate students Psychopathology, Environment and Human Behaviour, Human Ethology and Community Psychology courses. Administered the Community Psychology Strand of the Master of Applied Psychology Program (1976 -1978).


Refereed Journal Articles

Veno, A., & Gardner, J. (1979). An evaluation of a community psychology based program of police training, Journal of Community Psychology,7, 210-219.

Gardner, J., & Veno, A. (1979). An interdisciplinary, multilevel, university based training program in Community Psychology, American Journal of Community Psychology, 7, 605-620.

Veno, A. E. (1982) Preliminary conceptual analysis of community psychology in Australia, Australian Psychologist,17(3), 239-253.

Veno, A., & Dufty, N. F. (1982). Planning Personnel Operations for Australia's Remote Communities, Professional Psychology,13(5), 722-728.

Veno, A., & Dufty, N. F. (1985). Mine Towns in Australia's Northwest: Options for Operations and Quality of Life, Ekistics,52(311), 176-180.

Veno, A. (1988). The rise and fall of an alternative organization: An Australian case study, Journal of Community Psychology 15(2), 192-202.

Veno, A. Prevention and Health Promotion: A Case Study of an Australian 'Grass Roots' Drug Agency. Community Mental Health in New Zealand. Mental Health Foundation; Auckland, 4(1) 63-82.

Veno, A., & Veno, E. (1988). Towards a Psychology of Public Order. The Community Psychologist, (1), 46-47.

Veno, A., & Veno, E. (1990). Prevention of Violence: The 1989 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Australian Criminology, 24 - 27.

Veno, A., & Veno, E. (1990). Australian criminal justice in the 1990's and beyond - Public order. Criminal Justice International, 23 - 25.

Mellor, N. M., & Veno, A. E. (1999). The Ride - Safe Campaign: Health Promotion at the 1989 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Drug Education Journal Australia, 4, 223-238.

Veno, A., & Veno, E. (1993). Situational prevention of public disorder at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Crime Prevention Studies, 1(1), 137 - 152.

Veno, A., & Veno, E. (1993). Managing public order at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, American Journal of Community Psychology, 20(3), 287 - 308.

Felson, M., Berends, R., Richardson, B. & Veno, A. (1997). A local initiative to discourage abuse of alcohol. Crime Prevention Studies, 7 (2), 282 - 293.

Schmuttermaeir, J., & Veno, A. (1999). Counsellor's beliefs about ritual abuse: An Australian case study. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 8(3), 45-63.

van den Eynde, J., Hart, A., & Veno, A. (2000). Peace, love and magnum 44's: Partnerships and community development lessons learnt from an Australian Crime Prevention project. South Pacific Journal of Psychology, 12(1), 33-47.

van den Eynde, J. A., Veno, A., & Hart, A. (2003). They look good but don't work: A case study of performance indicators in crime prevention. Evaluation and Program Planning, 26, 237-248.

Veno, A., & van den Eynde, J. (2006) Out of the Comfort Zone and into the OMC. The Community Psychologist, 9(3) 29-31.

Veno, A., & van den Eynde, J. (2007) Moral panic neutralization project. A media based intervention. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology 17(6), 492-508.

van den Eynde, J., & Veno, A. (2007). Depicting outlaw motorcycle club women using anchored and unanchored research methodologies. Australian Community Psychologist 19(1), 96-101.

Books and Monographs

Davidson, M. J. & Veno, A. Multifaceted aspects of stress in the police service, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra, ACT, Australia, Monograph, 1977, 187 pages.

Gardner, J. & Veno, A. The disposable people, Planet Press, Brisbane, Australia, 1980, 116 pages.

Thomas, D. and Veno, A. (eds.) Psychology and Social Change, Dunmore Press: Auckland, 1992, 335 pages.

Thomas, D. and Veno, A. (eds.) Community Psychology in Australia and New Zealand, Dunmore Press: Auckland, 1996, 379 pages.

Gibson, K., Cameron, J. & Veno, A. Negotiating restructuring: A study of regional communities experiencing rapid social and economic change. Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Working Paper (11), Brisbane, 1999, 189 pages.

Mellor, N.M. & Veno, A. Preventing Violence and Crime at Public Events, Australian Government Printing Office, 235 pages December 2000. Published online in 2004 at: http://www.ag.gov.au/agd/www/Ncphome.nsf/0/2AD4C6694C8CB4EDCA256D87007E12B9?OpenDocument

Veno, A. Brotherhoods: Inside Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs, Allen & Unwin, Melbourne, 2002.

Veno, A. Brotherhoods: Inside Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs (2nd edition with new chapters), Allen and Unwin, Melbourne, 2004.

Veno, A. (Ed) The Mammoth Book of Bikers, Constable & Robinson, London, UK, 2007. North America, 2007: Oceania, 2008

Veno, A., & Winterhalder, E. Women Bikers & Bikers' Women, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, April 2009.

Veno, A. The Brotherhoods: Inside Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs – Edition 3 (Revised with five new chapters), Allen and Unwin, Sydney, November 2009.

Chapters in Edited Books

Davidson, M. J. & Veno, A. Stress and the policeman. In C. Cooper (ed.) White Collar Stress McMillan & Co.: London, 1980, 187-2 t 4.

Veno, A. & Veno, E. The Police, Public Order and Riot. In D. Chappell, & P. Wilson, (eds.) Policing in Australia. Butterworths: Sydney, 1989 pp 139-150.

Veno, A. & Furze, B. Social Movements, Social Change and the Search for Alternatives. In Furze, B. & Stafford, C. Society and Change Sydney: Macmillan, March 1994, 384-402.

Veno, A., Berends, L. & Drysdale, M. Effective coping in Aboriginal communities of Australia in Thomas, D. and Veno, A. (eds.) Community Psychology in Australia and New Zealand, Dunmore Press: Auckland, 1996.

van den Eynde, J. & Veno, A. Management of trauma in a small town affected by sexual abuse: Women and empowerment. in Thomas, D. and Veno, A. (eds.) Community Psychology in Australia and New Zealand, Dunmore Press: Auckland, 1996.

van den Eynde, J. & Veno, Coping with disastrous events: An empowerment model of community healing. (in Gist, R. & Lubin, B., Eds.) Response to disaster: Psychosocial, community and ecological approaches New York, Bruner/Mazel, 1999.

Veno, A. (with numerous others) - The international status of Community Psychology. In Seidman, E. & Rappaport, J. Handbook of community psychology. Academic Press. New York, January 2000.

Hart, A, Veno, A & van den Eynde, J. The Gippsland Anti-violence Project: Issues in community partnerships. In J. Didben, M. Fletcher & C. Cocklin (Eds.) All change! Gippsland perspectives on regional Australia in transition. Melbourne, Monash Publications in Geography and Environmental Science, 2001.

Veno, A. Fear and loathing in Adelaide in Lincoln, R. and Wilson, P. Crime on my mind, New Holland Press, Sydney, release date December 2011.

Representative Conference Papers

Stimulus specificity of habituation of aggressive behaviour in the Three-spined Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), Western Psychological Association Meetings, Portland, Oregon, USA, April, 1972 (with H.V.S. Peeke).

Social and political implications of psychiatric research in the prison, presented at a symposium on prisons, sponsored by the Prisoners' Union, USA, December 1972.

Reactions to spatial invasion: A field study, Western Psychological Association Meetings, San Francisco, USA, May, 1974 (with L. Weiss & M. O'Sullivan).

Police/Community relations a pilot training program, invited address at the annual meeting of the Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne, Australia, August 1975 (with J. Gardner).

Architectural determinants of human behaviour, paper presented at the Australia and New Zealand Association of the Advancement of Science, Annual Meeting in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, May 1976.

Prison violence: What can a psychologist do? Invited address presented to the Australian Institute of Criminology symposium on the Psychologist in the Criminal Justice System held in Perth (Woorooloo), Australia, July 1976.

Community Psychology in Australia, invited address presented to a symposium on teaching Psychology held in Hamilton, New Zealand at the University of Waikato, April 1978.

Environmental Factors in Stress and Adaption Models, invited paper presented to the Australian Psychological Society's Annual Conference held at Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, August 1980.

Mine towns in Australia's Northwest: Options for Operation and Quality of Life, presented to the Australia New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, Sydney, NSW, Australia, May, 1982.

Speaker, Drug Use in the Latrobe Valley with Dr. N. Blewett, Federal Minister for Health, Kernott Hall, Morwell, 1986.

The Bathurst Bike Project, paper presented to the Australian Psychological Society Annual Meeting, Townsville, Queensland, Australia, August 1986.

Policing the Sporting Event: Keynote Address presented to the 2nd Bi Annual Meeting of the Research in Australian Criminology Conference. Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra, ACT, February 1987.

Drug Abuse and Psychology's Responsibility. Paper presented to the Victorian State Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, Churchill, Victoria, May, 1987 (with G. Singer).

Health Promotion and Drug Abuse Prevention. Keynote Address, presented to the Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Psychological Society, Wellington, New Zealand, August 26-30, 1987.

Primary Prevention Programs aimed at Drug Abuse Keynote Address, Mental Health Foundation Bi Annual Conference on prevention. Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand, September 24, 1987.

The Growth and Development of Community Psychology in Australia. Presented at:

(1) Symposium "The Development and Localisation of Community Psychology in Australia" (D. Thomas and A. Veno Convenors) Annual General meeting of the New Zealand Psychological Society, Wellington, New Zealand, August 26-30, 1987; and

(2) Symposium #1 89 Cultural Contexts: The localization and development of patterns of Community Psychology, D. Thomas (Convenor) presented to the fourth International Congress of Psychology, Sydney, Australia, August 28th September 3rd, 1988.

The Psychology of Oppression and Empowerment. Presented to the fourth International Congress of Psychology Sydney, Australia; August 31st and September 3rd, 1988. Paper presented: The Bathurst Motorcycle Races: A case study of Riot and Oppression. Paper presented in symposium # 1 86.

Primary Prevention of Violence: The 1989 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix presented at the 34th World Mental Health Congress, Auckland, New Zealand, August, 1989. Speaker, Victoria Drug Strategy Exp.: for workers in the field of drug and alcohol related fields, Council of Adult Education, Melbourne, 1989.

Primary Prevention of Violence: The 1989 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Briefing paper for the European and North American Conference on Urban Security and Crime Prevention, Montreal, Canada, October 10-13 (with E. Veno).

Community Based Alternatives for Violence Prevention. Workshop presented to the National Conference on Violence: Canberra, October 10-13, 1989 (with D. Bretherton).

Strategies to minimize Harm Associated with Drug Taking and Unsafe Sex at the 1989 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Presented at: (1) The World Mental Health Congress, Auckland, New Zealand, August, 1989 (with N. Mellor); and (2) The Fourth National Conference for Drug Educators, Adelaide, November, 1989 (with N. Mellor).

Panel Member, Hypothetical of Australian Public Order; Australian Institute of Criminology Conference - Police and the Community, Brisbane, October, 1990.

Psychology of Managing Public Order, Department of Psychology, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, March, 1991.

Facilitating community participation in road safety programs. Vic. Roads Conference on advances in road safety. Melbourne, October 1993.

Coping in the Gunnai Community of Gippsland. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, Surfer's Paradise, November, 1993.

Coping in Aboriginal Communities in Victoria. Presented at the Cairns Conference on Social Change: Yarrabah, November 1993.

Strategies for effective coping in the Gunai/Kurnai communities. Paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, October 1995, Perth, Western Australia.

Community management of trauma. Paper presented to the 4th International Conference on Trauma and Memory, Durham, New Hampshire, USA, July 27, 1996.

Community management of trauma. Conference Proceedings of the Seventh Annual European Conferences on Mental Health, Maastricht, Netherlands, June 1997 (with Julie van den Eynde).

An examination of effective coping amongst Aboriginal Australians and New Zealand Maori. Presented to the 24th International Congress of Applied Psychology, 10 August 1998, San Francisco, California, USA.

The Gippsland Anti-Violence Project. Presented to the National Crime Prevention Conference, 12 February 1998, Hobart, Tasmania.

Preventing Violence and Crime at Public Events: Paper presented to the Queensland, New South Wales and Victorian conferences for managers of public events. (Various dates).

Community Management of Trauma: A study of a community's response to pedophilia. Conference proceedings of the seventh annual European Conference on Mental Health. "Options for life ´97. The successful implementation of model programs to promote mental health". MECC Conference Centre, Maastricht, Netherlands 15 April, 2001.

Partnerships and Crime Prevention. Conference proceedings of the ninth annual European Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health. Birmingham, England 16 June 2002.

Evaluating Community Wide Crime Prevention Programs: The Failure of Performance Indicators. Conference Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference (ANZSOC), Controlling Crime: Risks and Responsibilities, 1-3 October, 2003. Sydney, Australia.

Women and Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs: Removing the Myths and Fiction. Conference proceedings of the Australian Institute of Criminology, Crime in Australia: International Connections, 29 & 30 November 2004, Hilton on the Park, Melbourne.

Working with politically incorrect sectors – the challenge of working with outlaw motorcycle clubs. Conference proceedings of the 9th Australia-Aotearoa (New Zealand) Community Psychology Conference. 5th – 7th July, 2004. New Zealand.

Neutralising moral panics, fear politics and marginalisation of others: A case study of Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs. Australian Psychological Society Conference Proceedings. 42nd APS Annual Conference, 'Psychology Making an Impact', held in Brisbane, Australia, 25-29 September, 2007.

Invited speaker: Public Forum titled "What's the worry? Contemporary concerns, fears and anxieties in Australia: A psychological perspective". Australian Psychological Society. 42nd APS National Annual Conference, Brisbane, Queensland, 25-29 September, 2007.

Keynote Speaker and session facilitator at the IIR Conference, Sydney, May, 2008 - "Implications of Crime Prevention initiatives for Corrective Services – OMCGs

Keynote Speaker and session facilitator: MOSC49- A week long training session for key police from Australia, New Zealand, the FBI, and Royal Canadian Mounted Police who implement policy regarding Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. Hosted by the Australian Federal Police Executive Training College, 26 February - 3 March, Canberra 2010