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Email: SVRPU@usc.edu.au
Office: Building J, Ground floor, USC Law School

Street address

University of the Sunshine Coast
90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs
Queensland 4556
Australia

Postal address

Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit 
USC Law School (ML44)
University of the Sunshine Coast
Locked Bag 4
MAROOCHYDORE DC QLD 4558
AUSTRALIA


Key contacts

Co-Leaders
Nadine McKillop, Susan Rayment-McHugh or Larissa (Lara) Christensen
Email: SVRPU@usc.edu.au
Office: Building J, Ground floor, USC Law School


Our people

  • Dr Larissa (Lara) Christensen
    Dr Larissa (Lara) Christensen

    Lecturer in Criminology and Justice

    Dr Lara Christensen’s PhD (Psychology) focused on the attrition of child sexual abuse cases from the criminal justice process. Lara has a broad knowledge base on child sexual offending, including child sexual exploitation material offenders, the grooming process, cognitive distortions, crime scripts and victimology. Her current focus is female child sexual offending and online child sexual exploitation material offenders.

  • Dr Nadine McKillop
    Dr Nadine McKillop

    Lecturer in Criminology and Justice

    Dr Nadine McKillop’s PhD (Criminology) investigated the origins of child sexual abuse from an integrated, developmental and situational perspective. Also a psychologist, Nadine worked with both offenders and victims within community and criminal justice settings before entering academia. Her research interests include factors associated with the onset of youth and adult offending, the assessment and treatment of youth and adult sexual offenders and program evaluation.

  • Dr Susan Rayment-McHugh
    Dr Susan Rayment-McHugh

    Lecturer in Criminology and Justice

    Dr Susan Rayment-McHugh’s PhD (Criminology) investigated concentrations of sexual violence in crisis zones, remote and marginalised communities and youth-serving institutions. Susan is a psychologist with over 25 years’ clinical and research experience in the sexual violence and abuse fields. Her current clinical and research interests include understanding, preventing and responding to sexual violence and abuse, including endemic sexual violence in Australian Indigenous communities and youth-serving institutions, and on program evaluation using realist methods.

Members

  • Dr Larissa (Lara) Christensen
    Dr Larissa (Lara) Christensen

    Lecturer in Criminology and Justice

    Dr Lara Christensen’s PhD (Psychology) focused on the attrition of child sexual abuse cases from the criminal justice process. Lara has a broad knowledge base on child sexual offending, including child sexual exploitation material offenders, the grooming process, cognitive distortions, crime scripts and victimology. Her current focus is female child sexual offending and online child sexual exploitation material offenders.

  • Professor Christian Jones
    Professor Christian Jones

    Leader, Engage Research Cluster; Professor, Interactive Digital Media

    Professor Christian Jones researches, develops and promotes interactive technologies that involve, inform, and inspire people to change their world. Transforming lives across multiple domains and disciplines, Christian operates within three main themes: Health and Wellbeing, Environment and Place, and Safety and Protection.

  • Dr Nadine McKillop
    Dr Nadine McKillop

    Lecturer in Criminology and Justice

    Dr Nadine McKillop’s PhD (Criminology) investigated the origins of child sexual abuse from an integrated, developmental and situational perspective. Also a psychologist, Nadine worked with both offenders and victims within community and criminal justice settings before entering academia. Her research interests include factors associated with the onset of youth and adult offending, the assessment and treatment of youth and adult sexual offenders and program evaluation.

  • Dr Susan Rayment-McHugh
    Dr Susan Rayment-McHugh

    Lecturer in Criminology and Justice

    Dr Susan Rayment-McHugh’s PhD (Criminology) investigated concentrations of sexual violence in crisis zones, remote and marginalised communities and youth-serving institutions. Susan is a psychologist with over 25 years’ clinical and research experience in the sexual violence and abuse fields. Her current clinical and research interests include understanding, preventing and responding to sexual violence and abuse, including endemic sexual violence in Australian Indigenous communities and youth-serving institutions, and on program evaluation using realist methods.

Students

Research students are fundamental to the success of the Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit.

We strive to provide:

  • Innovative research projects to support emerging research scholars;
  • Collegiate, stimulating and challenging environment e.g. active writing groups driven by students;
  • Supervisory teams with broad skill base; and 
  • Skills and capacity to work as part of trans-disciplinary teams.
Student Title
Danielle Labhardt A cross-cultural study using sequential triangulation and immersive technology to advance bystander intervention research in sexual assault
Timea Molnar Validation of the JSOAP-II on Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth who sexually harm
Richard Bojack Investigating the onset of child sexual abuse in emerging adulthood: A comparison across developmental life stages
Melinda Osbourne Critical life events: Pathways to child sexual offending

For further information about our current research students refer to Our students

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