Dr Nadine McKillop - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Nadine McKillop

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

  • Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Justice
+61 7 5456 3536
Office location
J.G.03B, Building J, USC Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast
Dr Nadine McKillop

Dr Nadine McKillop is 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 a Fellow with the Higher Education Academy, UK; Program Co-Ordinator of the Criminology and Justice (Honours) Degree; and HDR Co-Ordinator for the School of Law and Criminology. She also supervises honours and HDR (Criminology/Psychology) students.

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Professional memberships and affiliations

  • 2002 - current: Registered Psychologist, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • 2016 - current: Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • 2016- 2019: Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University
  • 2015- 2019: Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Advances in Behavioural Sciences, Coventry University

Board appointments

  • 2015 - present: Associate Editor, Journal of Sexual Aggression: An international, interdisciplinary forum for research, theory and practice
  • 2015 - present: Research Advisory Panel, Bravehearts

Selected publications

  • McKillop, N., Rayment-McHugh, S., & Bojack, R. * (2020). Comparing the onset of child sexual abuse perpetration from adolescence into adulthood: Are there unique risks, and what does this mean for prevention?. Child Abuse and Neglect. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104630
  • Allen, A., Katsikitis, M., Millear, P., & McKillop, N. (2020). Psychological Interventions for Sexual Fantasies and Implications for Sexual Violence. A Systematic Review. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 55, 1-8. Published online first, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.avb.2020.101465.
  • Molnar, T., Allard, T., McKillop, N., & Rynne, J. (2020). Reliability and Predictive Validity of the Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol- II in an Australian Context. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X19900978
  • McKillop, N., Smallbone, S. & Christensen, L. (2020). 'Psychological explanations'. In H. Hayes & T.Prenzler (Eds.). An introduction to crime and criminology (5e). Sydney:Pearson
  • McKillop, N., Rayment-McHugh, S., Kaufman, K., Ransley, S., & Gardiner, M. (2020). Assessing child-safe culture and practices in organisational settings: A validation and refinement of Kaufman's Organisational Safety Climate Survey. Journal of Sexual Aggression: An international, interdisciplinary forum for research, theory and practice: Published online first. Doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/13552600.2019.1692921  
  • Adams,D., McKillop, N. & Smallbone, S. & McGrath, A. (2019). Development and sexual offenses onset characteristics of Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous male youth who sexually offend. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. Doi: http://doi.org/10.1177%2F1079063219871575
  • Patterson, T., Hobbs, L., McKillop, N., & Burton, K. (2019) Disparities in police proceedings and court sentencing for females versus males who commit sexual offences in New Zealand. Journal of Sexual Aggression: An International, interdisciplinary forum for research, theory and practice. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/1355260.2019.1581281
  • McKillop N, Rayment-McHugh S, Smallbone S & Bromham, Z. (2019). Part B - Chapter 4; Understanding and Preventing the onset of child sexual abuse in adolescence and adulthood In Phelan M (Ed). Crime and Justice Research 2019. Special reports. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. http://aic.gov.au/publications/special/crime-and-justice-reserach-2019
  • 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
  • Riley, M., Prenzler, T., & McKillop, N. (2018). Alternative dispute resolution and mediation of complaints against police in Australia and New Zealand. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal. Published online first: http://doi.org/10.108015614263.2018.1500284


  • Fellow, Advance HE (higher Education Academy), UK,2019-current
  • Vice-Chancellor and President's Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, University of the Sunshine Coast, 2019
  • Advancing the Blended Learning Environment Teaching Award, University of the Sunshine Coast, 2017
  • Academic Lead, Australian Awards Fellowship Scheme, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trading and Minister for Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection (Indonesia), University of the Sunshine Coast, (2016)
  • University Medal, Griffith University, 2002  

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Youth and adult sexual offending

  • Offender rehabilitation and re-entry
  • Program evaluation
  • Prevention of sexual violence and abuse

Research grants

Grant/Project name


Funding body and A$ value



Focus (of research grant)

USC Australia

Rayment-McHugh, McKillop, Bennett, Christensen, & Campbell



Re-write the Sexual Offending Program Indigenous Males (SOPIM) including Practice Guidelines and a training package for staff delivering the Program

USC Australia

Christensen, Rayment-McHugh, McKillop



'What Works' in Policing: Managing Child Sex Offenders

USC Australia

Rayment-McHugh, McKillop, Christensen



Enhancing risk assessment for preventing child sexual abuse: An evaluation of Life Without Barriers 'train-the-trainer' program

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


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

Teaching areas

  • Criminal Profiling
  • Understanding Crime
  • Professional Placement
  • Crime Research Methods

Program coordinator

Dr Nadine McKillop's specialist areas of knowledge include understanding and prevention of sexual violence and abuse, with a particular interest in the development and evaluation of primary and secondary prevention initiatives. Her research also focuses on evaluating evidence-informed treatment interventions for youth and adults to enhance outcomes for both offenders and victims.

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In the news

USC Newsroom
USC launches sexual violence prevention research unit
7 June 2019

A new unit at the University of the Sunshine Coast that is bringing together global research to help prevent sexual violence will be officially launched on Monday 10 June.