Susan Rayment-McHugh

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Susan Rayment-McHugh


Teaching areas

  • Youth Justice
  • Diversity, Crime and Justice
  • Punishment and Corrections
  • Professional Placement

Research areas

  • Understanding and preventing sexual violence and abuse
  • Assessment and treatment of sexual and violent offenders
  • Endemic sexual violence
  • Responding to sexual violence and abuse in Australian Indigenous Communities
  • Place-based prevention models
  • Best practice clinical models for remote Indigenous community contexts
  • Program evaluation using a realist framework
  • Situational prevention of child sexual abuse
  • Child safe organisations


Susan Rayment-McHugh is a lecturer in Criminology & Justice and a forensic practitioner with over 24 years’ clinical and research experience in the sexual violence and abuse fields. Prior to moving to an academic role, she held leadership positions at Griffith University’s Griffith Youth Forensic Service and Neighbourhoods Project, focused on responding to and preventing youth sexual violence and abuse. Susan has a coherent body of applied research with a focus on policy and practice implications. Her current clinical and research focus is on understanding and preventing sexual violence and abuse, including in Australian Indigenous communities and youth serving institutions, and on program evaluation using realist methods. She is widely consulted, and presents nationally and internationally, on prevention and intervention services. Susan has a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology and recently submitted her PhD investigating concentrations of sexual violence.

Susan is a member of the USC Indigenous Studies Research Theme, an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Griffith Criminology Institute, and a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Registration Number: PSY0001378457).


Under Susan’s leadership, the Griffith Youth Forensic Service was the 2014 Australian Crime & Violence Prevention Award, national winner.

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Understanding and preventing sexual violence and abuse
  • Sexual and violent offending behaviour
  • Program evaluation

Research grants

Grant / Funding Body

Project Name




Queensland Corrective Services Grant Scheme

The effectiveness of sexual and violent offender rehabilitation and reintegration programs: Integrating global and local perspectives to enhance correctional outcomes


Nadine McKillop, Susan Rayment-McHugh, Lara Christensen, Tim Prenzler



Queensland Corrective Services

Evaluation Framework for therapeutic interventions delivered within a forensic context


Nadine McKillop, Susan Rayment-McHugh



Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

Neighbourhoods Project

Susan Rayment-McHugh



Commonwealth Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet

Evidence informed prevention of youth perpetrated sexual violence and abuse: ‘Realist’ implementation and evaluation [in two Indigenous communities] (Neighbourhoods Project)


Stephen Smallbone, Susan Rayment-McHugh, Dimity Smith, Troy Allard, Anna Stewart, Ross Homel, Richard Wortley, Nick Tilley, Donald Findlater



Criminology Research Council

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


Nadine McKillop, Stephen Smallbone, Susan Rayment-McHugh



Queensland Department of the Premier & Cabinet

Preventing Youth Sexual Violence and Abuse [in two Indigenous communities]

Stephen Smallbone, Susan Rayment-McHugh, Dimity Smith



Griffith University Strategic Development Grant

Preventing Youth Sexual Violence and Abuse [in two Indigenous communities]

Stephen Smallbone, Susan Rayment-McHugh



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