Dr Nadine McKillop

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Dr Nadine McKillop


Lecturer in Criminology and Justice

PhD Griff., BPsych (Hons) Griff., BBehavioural Science Griff., BCriminology and Criminal Justice Griff.

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Dr Nadine McKillop


Dr Nadine McKillop is a lecturer in Criminology and Justice and Co-Leader of USC's Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit. Also a psychologist, Nadine worked with both offenders and victims within criminal justice settings before entering academia. 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 Centre for Advances in Behavioural Sciences, Coventry University.

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Professional memberships and affiliations

  • Registered Psychologist, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Advances in Behavioural Sciences, Coventry University

Board appointments

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Sexual Aggression: An international, interdisciplinary forum for research, theory and practice
  • Executive Advisory Board Member, Bravehearts
  • Ethical Research Advisory Committee, Bravehearts

Selected publications

McKillop,N.(2019). 'Understanding the nature and dimensions of child sexual abuse to inform its prevention'. In I. Bryce, Y.Robinson, W.Petherick. (Eds). Child Abuse and Neglect: Forensic issues in evidence, impact and management. London: Elsevier

McKillop, N., Rayment-McHugh S., Smallbone, S & Bromham,Z.(2018) Understanding and preventing the onset of sexual abuse in adolescence and adulthood. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, Issue 554.

Baker, M. & McKillop, N. (2017). ‘Offender management and rehabilitation’. In T. Prenzler (Ed). Understanding Crime Prevention: The Case Study Approach (pp. 27-44). Australian Academic Press.

Brown, S. J., Tramontano, C., McKillop, N., Smallbone, S. W., & Wortley, R. (2017). Sex offenders’ perceptions of the police influence their perceptions of the courts. Criminal Justice and Behavior . DOI 10.1177/0093854817739043

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.


  • USC Advance Award 2017: ABLE award for Advancing the Blended Learning Environment
  • Academic Lead, Australian Awards Fellowship Scheme, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trading and Minister for Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection (Indonesia) (2016)
  • Griffith University 2002: University Medal 

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)

Australian Institute of Criminology

Rayment-McHugh, Christensen, McKillop, Moritz, Burton, Munro, Jones, Prenzler & Lacey, in partnership with Queensland Police Service



"LEADing evidence-informed Child Exploitation Material (CEM) Reduction'

Queensland Corrective Services Research Grant Scheme

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


2018 - 2019

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

Queensland Corrective Services (QCS 104.1718)

Nadine McKillop; Susan Rayment-McHugh



Evaluation Framework for therapeutic interventions delivered within a forensic context

The Benevolent Society

Nadine McKillop



Examination of the Benevolent Society's 'child-safe, child-friendly' risk management framework: Recommendations for enhanced practice

Department of Community Services, Child Safety and Disabilities

Nadine McKillop



A short-term outcome evaluation of the Bravehearts Turning Corners program.

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.

USC FABL Research Collaboration Grant

Nadine McKillop; Sarah J Brown



Comparison of UK and Australian students and offenders' experiences of unintended exposure to indecent images online and online pornography use.

Griffith Criminology Institute Taking our Research to the World Grant

Julianne Webster; Nadine McKillop



Online sex offending trajectories (OSOT) Project


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