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Currently Involved in research at Charles Sturt University.

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Dr. Amber McKinley is an Applied Victimologist and lecturer at Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, based in Barton. ACT. She currently lecturers in Theoretical, Applied and Forensic Victimology (JST345) and is the Discipline Expert for Bachelors of Policing and Bachelor of Policing (Investigations) for the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences.

She holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies from the University of Western Sydney, a Master of Criminal Justice from Monash University and, a Doctor of Philosophy from Bond University. Her doctoral thesis was completed with the NSW Police Force and entitled, “Homicide Solvability and Applied Victimology in New South Wales, 1994-2013.

Her current research includes: collaborative research relating to Cross-cultural perspectives on Domestic Violence in NSW (Judy Saba, Diversity - Clinical Psychologist, NSW Police), Homicide Event Motive: A Situational Perspective (McKinley & Parker), Australian Homicide Typologies and Clearance Rates: 1989-2017 (McKinley & Cartwright).

Amber works as a Specialist Reserve Squadron Leader in the Royal Australian Air Force and works with the Joint Military Police Unit where she is currently writing a report entitled “An new evidence based, intelligence-led policing model for Joint Military Police” (due August 2018). 

Education/Academic qualification

Criminology, PhD, Bond University

13 Nov 200715 Mar 2015

Criminology, Masters of Criminal Justice, Monash University

13 Feb 200404 Mar 2005

Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies, University of Western Sydney

26 Feb 199005 Nov 1993

External positions

Squadron Leader Specialist Reserve, Australian Defence Force

04 Dec 2015 → …

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Research Output 2006 2018

  • 3 Book/Film/Article review
  • 2 Article
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 1 Masters Thesis

Criminal Investigation Failure

McKinley, A., 2018, In : Salus Journal. 6, 1, p. 82-84 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Open Access

Forensic Victimology: Examining Violent Crimes in Investigative and Legal Context (Second edition)

McKinley, A., Sep 2018, In : Salus Journal. 6, 2, p. 96-98 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Open Access

Homicide Event Motive: A Situational Perspective

Parker, B. & McKinley, A., 2018, In : Salus Journal. 6, 2, p. 78-95 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Homicide in Australia

McKinley, A., 04 Jan 2017, The psychology of criminal and antisocial behavior: Victim and offender perspectives. Petherick, W. & Sinnamon, G. (eds.). 1st ed. United States: Elsevier, p. 385-418 34 p.

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

organized crime
mental illness
social status

A Post Publication Review of "Tragedy: Facebook, Aboriginal Peoples and Suicide

McKinley, A., Ritchie, D. & Burmeister, O., 20 Mar 2016, In : Australian Journal of Information Systems. 20, p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Press / Media

How victims help solve crimes

Amber McKinley


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media