Researcher biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Science and a Senior Research Fellow in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course. I hold a PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the Florida State University (FSU), a Masters of Science from FSU, and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours from UQ. Previously, I worked as a Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) and as an Assistant Professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University in Boston.

My research examines the causes and consequences of crime over the life-course. I am particularly interested in changes in criminal behaviour over the lifespan and the long-term impacts of criminal and non-criminal violence. In my published research, I have examined the development of criminal offending from childhood, through adolescence, and into adulthood; family violence; self-control and crime; and the intergenerational impact of war. My current projects investigate the development of individual traits and tendencies and their effects on criminal offending, the long-term impacts of criminal behaviour on the lives of criminal offenders, the life-course consequences of armed conflict, and the effects of key life-course transitions on desistance from crime.

My research has been published in leading, peer-reviewed journals, including Criminology (1/52), the Journal of Criminal Justice (5/52), and the International Journal of Epidemiology (7/99). My research has been cited by researchers in criminology, family studies, law, medicine, political science, psychiatry, psychology, social work, and sociology.

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