Author(s): Tim Watson-Munro
'Doc' Tim Watson-Munro is famous for his association with the infamous. As Australia's leading criminal psychologist he assessed over 20,000 'persons of interest' in some of the country's most notorious court cases, including Hoddle Street gunman Julian Knight, corporate fraudster Alan Bond, Melbourne gangster Alphonse Gangitano and, more recently, many of Australia's first terrorist convicts. But the frontline of psychology is not a world for the faint-hearted, and such close proximity to evil wrought a devastating effect on Tim's private life. He was a leader in Melbourne's 'Corporate Cocaine Set', a hedonistic lifestyle that quickly spiralled out of control and ultimately led him to a terrible crossroads in 1999 - first wife dying, second wife pregnant, best mate betraying him to cops, career in crisis and $2000-a-week drug habit out of control. Tim put it all on the line, handing himself in to the police. He was arrested, deregistered as a psychologist and sent back to square one. But Tim resurrected himself. Today, he runs thriving practices in Sydney and Melbourne. In fact, his low road provided him with even more insight into the minds of those he assesses. After all, when you're dancing with demons it takes one to know one...
Dr Tim Watson-Munro, 63, is the son of a Professor who worked on the Manhattan Project and a scientist mother born in Canada. Tim was raised in Sydney and San Francisco and, after graduating with a Masters degree in Psychology, his first professional job was as prison shrink at Parramatta gaol. His career grew quickly and he was soon giving expert evidence in the country's most notorious court cases and appearing regularly in the media. After succumbing to illness and addiction, Tim was deregistered in June 2000 but returned to practice in 2004. Today he operates thriving offices in Sydney and Melbourne.