DIRECTOR

Professor Janet Ransley

Research expertise includes:

  • Police administration, procedures and practice
  • Causes and prevention of crime

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DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Professor Susan Dennison

Research expertise includes:

  • Corrections
  • Developmental and life-course criminology
  • Forensic psychology

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Our members

Dr Jeffrey Ackerman

Jeffrey Ackerman’s research interests include crime and deviance, quantitative methods and social psychology.

Dr Troy Allard

Troy Allard's research areas and interests include: Causes and prevention of offending; Race and crime; Evaluation (Impact and Economic).

Dr Julie Barkworth

Mr David Barlett

David Bartlett's main research areas focus on corporate criminology, exploring corporations as offenders and victims, governance, compliance, risk and regulation. He also has a broad research interest in the areas of policing, courts and program evaluation.

Dr Lyndel Bates

Lyndel Bates conducts research in the areas of criminology and health. She is currently looking at using criminological theory to improve young driver compliance with the law and the impacts of violence related brain injuries.

Dr Kirsten Besemer

Kirsten Besemer's research examines through what mechanisms incarceration may impact on families, in order to identify ways to avoid harm to affected children.

Dr Robyn Blewer

Robyn Blewer's research area is the criminal trial process, particularly as it impacts upon vulnerable people. Current research projects include the cross-examination of children and wrongful convictions.

Dr Christine Bond

Christine Bond's research expertise is in sentencing and discretion in criminal justice, social inequality and justice (Indigeneity, race/ethnicity, gender), youth and police and research methods.

Dr Sara Branch

Sara Branch is a Senior Research Fellow within the Griffith Criminology Institute at Griffith University. She has a background in Organisational Psychology and an interest in Workplace Conflict (in particular Workplace Bullying) and Change Management with a broad interest in Social Justice. Her recent work has focused on applying organisational theory to enhance processes for collaboration.

Dr Belinda Crissman

Professor Kathleen Daly

Kathleen Daly's research is in three areas of victimisation and justice: redress for institutional abuse of children in international context, state-funded schemes for violent crime victims, and conventional and innovative justice responses to sexual and violent victimisation.

Ms Juliet Davis

Juliet Davis is a Research Fellow in the Griffith Criminology Institute. Her current research centres on developments in redress for institutional abuse, both in Australia and internationally. Her socio-legal research builds upon her professional experience as a legal practitioner.

Professor Susan Dennison

Susan Dennison is a Professor and Deputy Head of School (Research) in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University as well as Deputy Director of the Griffith Criminology Institute. She is broadly interested in the intergenerational transmission of offending and social disadvantage and the contexts affecting children’s developmental systems and life outcomes. Much of her research focuses on examining the immediate and longer-term impact of parental incarceration on the development and wellbeing of parents in prison, their children, and caregivers.

Associate Professor Grant Devilly

Grant Devilly's research interests lie predominantly within the anxiety disorders and specifically with the aetiology, prevention and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Grant also researches the effects of violent media (particularly violent video games) within the community, the detection of lying in forensic settings, the prevalence and type of pseudoscience in various settings, trauma and memory, the prevention of postnatal disorders, the treatment of adolescent sex offenders, reactions and approaches following crime victimisation, and increasing officer safety during training and whilst policing licensed premises.

Dr Rachel Dioso-Villa

Rachel Dioso-Villa is a Senior Lecture in criminology, law and society in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She studies wrongful convictions in Australia and the sociology of forensic science and its application in the criminal justice system.

Dr Jacqueline Drew

Jacqueline Drew is a Senior Lecturer and Program Director of the Criminology and Information Technology double degree program. Dr Drew is a psychologist, with expertise in police personnel and systems (police leadership, promotion systems, women in policing, employee well-being and law enforcement suicide prevention), cyber fraud and white collar crime.

Dr Li Eriksson

Li Eriksson's research interests include violence, intimate partner homicide, filicide and criminological theory. Prior to joining Griffith University, Li worked as a Research Analyst for the Swedish National Council of Crime Prevention.

Benjamin Evans

Ben Evans began working with Griffith Youth Forensic Service as a collaborative partner in 2010, and became a GYFS clinician in January 2013. Prior to working with GYFS, Ben worked in the child protection field for five years. He is a registered Psychologist who provides clinical assessment and treatment services to young people in the greater Brisbane, central and north Queensland regions. He has experience working with families and youth presenting with a range of complex issues and has particular interest in working with young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Associate Professor Jacqueline Ewart

Jacqui Ewart’s research focuses on three key areas: News media coverage of cultural and religious diversity; communication and disasters; and radio audiences.

Professor Mark Finnane

Mark Finnane has published widely on the history of policing, crime, the criminal law, punishment and the social history of mental illness. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities (elected 2001), and of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (2013). As ARC Laureate Fellow, he directs the Prosecution Project.

Dr Kathryn Freiberg

Kate Freiberg is a Principal Research Fellow with a background in developmental psychology whose research focuses on the use of child-centred approaches in the measurement of children’s wellbeing.  As a member of the ARC funded Creating Pathways to Child Wellbeing research team, her work revolves around the development of support models and resources to promote effective prevention delivery systems, and the implementation of collectively organised prevention initiatives in community settings.

Dr Katie Hail-Jares

Katie Hail-Jares' research focuses on the intersection between public health and criminology; particularly she is interested in how criminalising behaviour can impact health outcomes for vulnerable populations, including sex workers, people who use drugs, and young people. The main portion of her postdoc research is a large-scale data linkage that involves coordination between Youth Justice, Queensland Corrective Services, and National Coronial Information Services. She is also working with Respect, Inc to develop two projects related to sex work, discrimination, and decriminalisation in Queensland.

Dr Keiran Hardy

Keiran Hardy is currently undertaking a 2-year research project examining global approaches to countering violent extremism. His research focuses on counter-terrorism law and policy, countering violent extremism, cyber-terrorism, counter-insurgency and intelligence whistleblowing.

Dr Danielle Harris

Danielle Harris is the Deputy Director of the Griffith Youth Forensic Service. Her research examines sexual aggression through a life course perspective, examining onset, specialization/versatility, desistance, and related public policy.

Dr Hennessey Hayes

Hennessey Hayes is a leading scholar in the areas of restorative justice and youth justice. His research focuses on the ways that restorative justice interventions can effect positive change in the lives of young offenders and victims of crime.

Dr Tarah Hodgkinson

Tarah Hodgkinson research agenda focuses on community safety and crime prevention. Within that she examines the role of the police in the 21st century, community safety partnerships and collaboration, spatial criminology and crime prevention strategies and evaluation. She uses a number of qualitative and quantitative methodologies in her work, including action research and spatial analysis.

Dr Robyn Holder

Robyn Holder's work examines explores the relationship between victims of crime and the state, and the mediating effect of rights. Current projects include an examination of third party advocacy structures in international and domestic criminal justice systems, and innovative justice and service responses to violence against women. She also has a project examining the accountabilities of public prosecution.

Dr Jacqueline Homel

Jacqueline Homel's research interests include child development, longitudinal studies, adolescent mental health, family and social development.

Professor Ross Homel

Ross Homel's research focuses on the prevention of crime, violence, and related social problems through sustainable system transformations that lead to data-driven, evidence-based preventive practices. His guiding philosophy is that the future lies NOT in more and better programs (although these comprise the building blocks of change) because bad systems trump good programs every time. Rather, the goal of all prevention research should be on system transformation within which evidence-based practices can be embedded.

Dr Emily Hurren Paterson

Dr Samantha Jeffries

Samantha Jeffries’s research areas of interest include women’s crime and criminal justice issues, masculinities, crime and criminal justice, criminal court practices and decision making and sex industry.

Professor Susanne Karstedt

Susanne Karstedt's research interests include transitional justice, atrocity crimes, law and society, comparative perspectives and violence.

Professor Mark Kebbell

Mark Kebbell is Professor of Forensic Psychology and a Registered Psychologist. His research is concerns the effective investigation and prosecution of serious crime and the identification of high-risk offenders.

Associate Professor Benoit Leclerc

Benoit Leclerc's research interests include crime script analysis, environmental criminology, quantitative analysis, research methods and sexual offending.

Dr Natasha Madon

Natasha Madon's research primarily focuses on the policing of minority communities, procedural justice, and young people's perceptions of their treatment by criminal justice actors.

Professor Elena Marchetti

Elena Marchetti is a Professor of Law, Griffith Law School specialising in Indigenous justice issues and domestic and family violence. She is the author of a number of books, articles, chapters and reports in the areas of Indigenous sentencing courts, culturally appropriate prison programs, better ways to evaluate Indigenous-focused criminal justice programs and intersectional race and gender analyses of legal processes.

Associate Professor Tara McGee

Tara McGee's research focuses on the development of offending over the life-course as well as developmental crime prevention. More information about her projects and research can be found on her Griffith experts page.

Dr Samara McPhedran

Samara McPhedran's research expertise is in firearm policy and gun control, mass shootings, homicide, suicide, and violence prevention policy. She has also worked in the areas of domestic and family violence, mental health and illness, and social disadvantage.

Dr Emily Moir

Emily is an environmental criminologist who is interested in how regular citizens can control opportunities for crime and re-offending. Her other research interests include applying problem-oriented policing and situational crime prevention to different crime types, including elder abuse and workplace exploitation.

Professor Kristina Murphy

Kristina Murphy is a Professor of Criminology and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. Her current research projects explore the importance of procedural justice in the context of policing immigrant, ethnic minority and Muslim communities in Australia; specifically, how procedural justice policing can improve police-community relations.

Professor Patrick O'Leary

Patrick O’Leary is an internationally recognised researcher with significant expertise in child protection, child protection in social development and humanitarian contexts, social work, domestic violence/gender-based violence, long-term impact of child sexual abuse (especially in men), and socially excluded young people. His work has influenced international domestic violence and child protection policy and practice. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow with UNICEF’s Office for Research and the lead chief investigator into sexual assault of males in the Australian Defence Forces.

Dr Louise Porter

Louise Porter is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice. Her research applies social psychological and criminological perspectives to behaviour in policing and offending contexts. Her current policing research focuses on police misconduct and police use of force.

Professor Martine Powell

Martine Powell is Founding Director of the Centre for Investigative Interviewing. She and her team work alongside a wide a range of industry partners (in law enforcement, health, education and media) to improve the way they elicit information from people to facilitate decision-making.

Professor Janet Ransley

Janet Ransley is Director of the Griffith Criminology Institute. She researches on policing, crime reduction, and criminal justice policy, with a special interest in translating research to improve policy and practice outcomes.

Dr Justin Ready

Justin Ready has worked in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University as a Senior Lecturer since 2016. He received his PhD at Rutgers University, where he served as Project Director in the Centre for Crime Prevention Studies. Recently, he has studied the effects of active shooter incidents on officer memory/cognition, and the impact of body work video and GPS technology on police management and operations.

Associate Professor Danielle Reynald

Danielle Reynald's research interests include violence prevention, criminal psychology, crime prevention and guardianship.

Associate Professor John Rynne

John Rynne is Director of the Griffith Youth Forensic Service. John is a psychologist with over 25 years clinical experience in the criminal justice system working with young people and adults. He has extensive experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in discrete communities and larger cities.

Dr Elise Sargeant

Elise Sargeants current research focuses on perceptions of police and policing. Specifically, I consider the factors that shape citizens attitudes to police and police perceptions of themselves. My prior work has involved evaluations of police strategies as well as the impact of neighborhood effects on a range of outcomes.

Dr Lacey Schaefer

Lacey Schaefer is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University.  She holds research expertise in criminological theory and correctional ideologies and interventions.  Dr Schaefer has experience in designing correctional interventions, providing training for correctional agencies, and developing and administering offender rehabilitation programs.

Professor Clifford Shearing

Clifford Shearing's principal focus of academic work has been on broadening criminology’s boundaries, with a primary focus on ‘security governance’. His policy and applied work has been concerned with enhancing safety and reducing safety related inequalities. His research and writing has become increasingly centred on criminology’s response to the challenges of the Anthropocene.

Dr Danielle Shumack

Danielle Shumack is a forensic and clinical psychologist and Griffith Youth Forensic Service senior clinician. Danielle is published in the area of collaborative partnerships in the provision of services for adolescent sexual offenders and has research interests in the management of youth assessed as a high risk of sexual offence recidivism.

Dr Catrin (Kate) Smith

Catrin Smith's research interests include qualitative analysis, health inequality, prisons, drug use and health promotion.

Ms Dimity Smith

As the clinical consultant and Project Leader to The Neighbourhoods Project, Dimity utilised her experience as a Psychologist working with Australian Indigenous Peoples in the area of sexual violence and abuse to develop and implement prevention activities across the two communities.

Professor Anna Stewart

Anna Stewart's research examines whole of system and whole of life experiences with child protection, youth justice, adult criminal justice, domestic violence and mental health.

Dr Carleen Thompson

Carleen Thompson's research interests include violence prevention, domestic violence, aggression and criminal psychology.

Professor Clare Tilbury

Clare Tilbury is the Leneen Forde Chair of Child and Family Research. Her work focuses on child protection system outcomes and performance measurement, and racial disparities in child welfare. She is a leading social work scholar, using mixed methods and interdisciplinary approaches to engage research partners in a collaborative process of understanding policy problems and their possible solutions.

Associate Professor Michael Townsley

Michael Townsley’s research expertise is in spatial and temporal patterns of crime, offender mobility, crime analysis and crime mapping and situational crime prevention.

Professor Sue Trevaskes

Sue Trevaskes is undertaking research on Chinese criminal justice, governance and law.  Her research focus ranges from rule of law and legal ideology to the death penalty in China.

Mr Kerry Wimshurst

Kerry Wimshurst research interests are in criminal justice education, and particularly in the application of threshold concepts to the disciplines of criminology and criminal justice. My second area is criminal justice history and especially the concept of neglected children in the late-nineteenth century as it related to Industrial and Reformatory Schools.

Dr William Wood

William Wood's research interests include corrections, restorative justice, social and criminological theory and youth justice.

Adjunct Members