Dr Susan Rayment-McHugh - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Susan Rayment-McHugh

  • Lecturer in Criminology and Justice
+61 7 5459 4573
Office location
Room MB-A.1.20
Moreton Bay
Dr Susan Rayment-McHugh

Susan Rayment-McHugh is a lecturer in Criminology and Justice and co-leader of USC’s Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit. She is also a forensic practitioner with over 25 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 Neighborhood's 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 PhD in Criminology, investigating concentrations of sexual violence, and a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology.

Board appointments

  • 2020 Board member -  Laurel Place


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

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

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

Rayment-McHugh (project leader), McKillop, Bennett, Christensen, & Campbell



Queensland Police Service

'What Works in Policing: Managing Child Sex Offenders

Christensen, Rayment-McHugh & McKillop



Life Without Barriers 

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

Rayment-McHugh, McKillop &Christensen



Australian Institute of Criminology

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

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



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



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

Teaching areas

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

Program coordinator

Selected publications

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  

McKillop, N., Rayment-McHugh, S., Smallbone, S., & Bromham, Z. (2018). Understanding and preventing the onset of child sexual abuse in adolescence and adulthood. Trends and issues in crime and criminal justice, No. 554. Australian Institute of Criminology. https://aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi554

Smallbone, S., & Rayment-McHugh, S. (2017). Sexual Crimes. In. Sidebottom, A., & Tilley, N. (Eds). Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety (2nd Edition), Chapter 20. UK: Routledge.

Allard, T., Rayment-McHugh, S., Adams, D., Smallbone, S., & McKillop, N. (2016). 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, 22, 1, 82-94.

Rayment-McHugh, S., Adams, D., Wortley, R., & Tilley, N. (2015). ‘Think Global Act Local’: A place based approach to sexual abuse prevention. Crime Science, 4, 22.

Rayment-McHugh, S., Smallbone, S., & Tilley, N. (2015). Endemic Sexual Violence and Abuse: Contexts and Dispositions. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 4, 2, 111-124.

Tilley, N., Rayment-McHugh, S., Wardell, M., Smallbone, S., Smith, D., Allard, T., Wortley, R., Findlater, D., Stewart, A. & Homel, R. (2014). On being realistic about reducing the prevalence and impacts of youth sexual violence and abuse in two Australian Indigenous communities. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts - Special Issue: Evaluation, 14, 6-27.