Dr Nadine McKillop

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Dr Nadine McKillop


Teaching areas

  • Criminal Profiling
  • Understanding Crime
  • Diversity, Crime and Justice
  • Youth Justice
  • Professional Placement
  • Crime Research Methods

Research areas

  • understanding and preventing sexual violence and abuse
  • assessment and treatment of youth and adult sexual offenders
  • factors associated with the onset of youth and adult offending
  • developmental, situational, and social ecological aspects of sexual violence and abuse
  • online sex offending trajectories


Dr Nadine McKillop is a lecturer in Criminology and Justice. Also a psychologist, Nadine has worked with both offenders and victims within criminal justice settings for the past 15 years. Her research interests include understanding and preventing sexual violence and abuse, the assessment and treatment of youth and adult sexual offenders, as well as factors associated with the onset of youth and adult offending to reduce the extent and impacts of sexual violence and abuse in the community.

Nadine is an adjunct Research Fellow with the Griffith Criminology Institute and Honorary Research Fellow with the Research Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement at Coventry University (UK).

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Professional memberships

  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency No.PSY0000952930

  • Associate Editor (Journal of Sexual Aggression: An international, interdisciplinary forum for research, theory and practice)

Nadine's selected research publications

McKillop, N., Brown, S., Johnson, I., Smallbone, S. & Ogilvie, J.M. (2016). Can systemic interventions designed to reduce reoffending by youth also reduce their victimization? Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 1–10. Online first: doi:10.1007/s40653-016-0123-y

Smallbone, S. & McKillop, N. (2016). ‘Preventing child sexual abuse: A place based approach’. In Mark Finnane & Yorick Smaal. (Eds).The sexual abuse of children: Recognition and redress. Monash University Press.

Smallbone, S. & McKillop, N. (2015). ‘Evidence-informed approaches to preventing sexual violence and abuse’. In Donnelly, P.D. & Ward, C.L. (Eds).Oxford Textbook in Violence Prevention: Epidemiology, Evidence, and Policy. Oxford:Oxford University Press. ‘Highly commended’ – British Medical Association Awards

McKillop, N., Brown, S., Wortley, R., & Smallbone, S. (2015). How victim age affects the context and timing of child sexual abuse: Applying routine activities approach to the first sexual abuse incident. Crime Science: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 4 (17).

McKillop, N., Brown, S., Smallbone, S. & Pritchard , K. (2015). Similarities and differences in adolescence-onset versus adulthood-onset sexual abuse incidents. Child Abuse and Neglect, 46, 37-46. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.02.014.

Allard, T., Rayment-McHugh, S., Adams, D., Smallbone, S. & McKillop, N. (2015). Responding to youth sexual offending: A field-based practice model that ‘closes the gap’ on sexual recidivism among Indigenous and non-Indigenous males. Journal of Sexual Aggression: An international, interdisciplinary forum for research, theory and practice, published online ahead of print, DOI: 10.1080/13552600.2014.1003107.

McKillop, N., Smallbone, S., Wortley†, R., & Andjic, I. (2012). Offenders’ attachment and sexual abuse onset: A test of theoretical propositions. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 24 (6), 591–610.


  • University Medal (2002)

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Prevention of adolescent and adult sexual offending

  • Online sex offending trajectories

  • Youth offending and victimisation

Research grants

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Focus (of research grant)

Criminology Research Council (Australian Institute of Criminology)

Nadine McKillop; Stephen Smallbone; Susan Rayment-McHugh



A comparison of individual, situational and ecological factors associated with adolescence-onset and adult-onset sexual offences against children.


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