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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.

PhD students

Student Project Title Year/s Institution/s Supervisors
Tashena Biffanti Determining the Relationship between Experimental and Aggravated Sexting in Young People: Self-Produced Online Child Sexual Exploitation Material 2020 - 2023 USC Australia Dr Nadine McKillop, Dr Sue Rayment-McHugh and Dr Lara Christensen (USC)
Timea Molnar Validation of the JSOAP-II on Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth who sexually harm 2017 - 2020 Griffith University Associate Professor John Rynne and Dr Troy Allard (Griffith University); Dr Nadine McKillop (USC)
Andrew Allen Sexual Violence and Fantasy: Investigating the Utility of EMDR Therapy 2019 - 2023 USC Australia Dr Prue Millear and Dr Nadine McKillop (USC); Professor Mary Katsikitis (Flinders University
Melinda Osbourne The sexual extortion of children using cyberspace and telecommunication devices 2019 - 2023 USC Australia Dr Rachael Sharman, Dr Lara Christensen and Dr Ben Lane (USC)
Belinda Peacock Development, implementation and evaluation of a program for individuals at-risk of, or engaging with, online child exploitation material in Australia 2019 - 2027 USC Australia Dr Nadine McKillop, Dr Sue Rayment-McHugh and Dr Lara Christensen (USC)
Danielle Labhardt A cross-cultural study using sequential triangulation and immersive technology to advance bystander intervention research in sexual assault Completed 2018 Coventry University Dr Emma Holdsworth, Professor Sarah Brown and Dr Douglas Howat (Coventry University); Dr Nadine McKillop and Professor Christian Jones (USC)

Honours students

Student Project Title Year/s Institution/s Supervisors
Jessica Lockitch Barriers to guardianship in youth-serving institutions: Implications for enhanced prevention. 2020 USC Australia Dr Sue Rayment-McHugh and Dr Nadine McKillop
Yolandi Breedt Revenge porn and rapidly advancing technology: A comparison of the Australian laws. 2020 USC Australia Associate Professor Kelly Burton (USC)
Isabella Damiris
Sentencing disparities for female and male sexual offending on Queensland: Do they exist, and what is the impact? Completed 2019 USC Australia Dr Nadine McKillop, Dr Susan Rayment-McHugh and Dr Lara Christensen (USC)
Richard Bojack Investigating the onset of child sexual abuse in emerging adulthood: A comparison across developmental life stages Completed 2018 USC Australia Dr Susan Rayment-McHugh and Dr Nadine McKillop (USC)
Melinda Osbourne Critical life events: Pathways to child sexual offending Completed 2018 USC Australia Dr Lara Christensen (USC)