Academic Staff

Dr Tyson Whitten

BCCJ (Hons 1a), BPsych, PhD

Lecturer in Criminal Justice
Port Macquarie
Building 802 – L2 Mid Wing, Desk 9

Tyson is a Lecturer in Criminal Justice at Charles Sturt University, and an adjunct Lecturer in the School of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales. He was awarded his PhD in Criminology from Griffith University, where he also completed his undergraduate degree in Criminology and Psychology. Tyson’s research examines the development of criminal and antisocial behaviour across the life-course, with a focus on the risk factors and adverse health outcomes associated with young people’s involvement in, or experiences of, crime and delinquency.

JST 205 – Criminology History and Theory

JST 220 – Gender and Crime

JST 318 – Human Rights and Social Justice

Current projects:

  • NSW Child Development Study | (nsw-cds.com.au)
  • Identifying and understanding online child sexual exploitation practices and attitudes amongst Australian men |
  • Australian Human Rights Institute (unsw.edu.au)
  • Department of Correctional Services (DCS) National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) pilot program evaluation (July 2022 – December 2023)
  • Evaluation of Home Detention in South Australia | Social Policy Research Centre – UNSW Sydney
  • South Australia Digital Youth survey — Home (adelaidecybercrime.org)
  • Accommodation Women Domestic Abuse | Safe Haven Community

Research interests:

  • Predictors and outcomes associated with childhood exposure to Family and Domestic Violence
  • Examining longitudinal patterns of adolescent engagement in cyber-deviance
  • Exploring the overlap in the social determinants of health and crime
  • Evaluating the efficacy of existing services and programs for those involved in crime

Whitten, T., Green, M. J., Tzoumakis, S., Laurens, K. R., Harris, F., Carr, V. J., & Dean, K. (2022). Early developmental vulnerabilities following exposure to domestic violence and abuse: Findings from an Australian population cohort record linkage study. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 153, 223-228. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2022.07.012

O'Hare, K., Watkeys, O., Whitten, T., Dean, K., Laurens, K. R., Harris, F., ... & Green, M. J. (2022). Parental and community risk factors for childhood self-harm thoughts and behaviours. Journal of affective disorders, 301, 279-283. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2022.05.050

Green, M. J., Watkeys, O. J., Kariuki, M., Hindmarsh, G., Whitten, T., Dean, K., ... & Carr, V. J. (2022). Forecasting childhood adversities from conditions of birth. Paediatric and perinatal epidemiology, 36(2), 230-242. https://doi.org/10.1111/ppe.12828

Whitten, T., Cale, J., Nathan, S., Bista, S., Ferry, M., Williams, M., ... & Hayen, A. (2022). Hospitalisation following therapeutic community drug and alcohol treatment for young people with and without a history of criminal conviction. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 231, 109280. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2022.109280

Athanassiou, U., Whitten, T., Tzoumakis, S., Hindmarsh, G., Laurens, K. R., Harris, F., ... & Dean, K. (2021). Examining the overlap of young people’s early contact with the police as a person of interest and victim or witness. Journal of Criminology, 54(4), 501-520. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F26338076211014594

Laurens, K. R., Dean, K., Whitten, T., Tzoumakis, S., Harris, F., Waddy, N., ... & Green, M. J. (2021). Early childhood predictors of elementary school suspension: An Australian record linkage study. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 77, 101343. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2021.101343

Green, M. J., Piotrowska, P. J., Tzoumakis, S., Whitten, T., Laurens, K. R., Butler, M., ... & Carr, V. J. (2021). Profiles of resilience from early to middle childhood among children known to child protection services. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2021.1969652

Green, M. J., Watkeys, O. J., Whitten, T., Thomas, C., Kariuki, M., Dean, K., ... & Carr, V. J. (2021). Increased incidence of childhood mental disorders following exposure to early life infection. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 97, 376-382. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbi.2021.08.009

Whitten, T., Dean, K., Li, R., Laurens, K. R., Harris, F., Carr, V. J., & Green, M. J. (2021). Earlier contact with child protection services among children of parents with criminal convictions and mental disorders. Child maltreatment, 26(1), 63-73. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1077559520935204

Salter, M., & Whitten, T. (2021). A Comparative Content Analysis of Pre-Internet and Contemporary Child Sexual Abuse Material. Deviant Behavior, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1080/01639625.2021.1967707

McGee, T. R., Whitten, T., Williams, C., Jolliffe, D., & Farrington, D. P. (2021). Classification of patterns of offending in developmental and life-course criminology, with special reference to persistence. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 59, 101460. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.avb.2020.101460

Dean, K., Whitten, T., Tzoumakis, S., Laurens, K. R., Harris, F., Carr, V. J., & Green, M. J. (2021). Incidence of early police contact among children with emerging mental health problems in Australia. JAMA Network Open, 4(6), e2112057-e2112057. http://jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?doi=10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.12057

Malvaso, C. G., Cale, J., Whitten, T., Day, A., Singh, S., Hackett, L., ... & Ross, S. (2021). Associations between adverse childhood experiences and trauma among young people who offend: A systematic literature review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 15248380211013132. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F15248380211013132

Dean, K., Whitten, T., Tzoumakis, S., Laurens, K. R., Harris, F., Carr, V. J., & Green, M. J. (2021). Children with Emotional and Behavioural Problems at School Entry and Early Contact with Police: A Record Linkage Study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 55 (1), 72-73.

Green, M.J., Hindmarsh, G., Harris, F., Laurens, K.L., Tzoumakis, S., Whitten, T., Katz, I., Carr, V.J. (2021). Child protection status and developmental outcomes in early and middle childhood: A data summary from the NSW Child Development Study. http://doi.org/10.26190/8hv3-s740

Rubinshtein, S., Brewer, R., Whitten, T., Cale, J., Holt, T., & Goldsmith, A. (2021). South Australian Digital South Survey Research Report: Year 3 Results. Adelaide: University of Adelaide

Whitten, T., Cale, J., Nathan, S., Bista, S., Ferry, M., Williams, M., ... & Hayen, A. (2021). Hospitalisation following residential drug and alcohol treatment for young people with and without a history of criminal conviction. Drug and Alcohol Review, 40 (1), S151-S151. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dar.13384

Breckenridge J; Cripps K; Whitten T; Burton M; Dubler N; Suchting M, 2021, National Audit of Keeping Women Safe in their Homes/Safe at Home Programs: Jurisdictional Report – Australian Capital Territory, Gendered Violence Research Network, Sydney

Breckenridge J; Cripps K; Whitten T; Burton M; Dubler N; Suchting M, 2021, National Audit of Keeping Women Safe in their Homes/Safe at Home Programs: Jurisdictional Report – Tasmania, Gendered Violence Network UNSW, Sydney

Cripps K; Breckenridge J; Whitten T; Burton M; Dubler N; Suchting M, 2021, National Audit of Keeping Women Safe in their Homes/Safe at Home Programs: Jurisdictional Report – Western Australia, Gendered Violence Research Network, Sydney

Cripps K; Breckenridge J; Whitten T; Dubler N; Burton M; Suchting M, 2021, National Audit of Keeping Women Safe in their Homes/Safe at Home Programs: Jurisdictional Report - Northern Territory, Gendered Violence Research Network UNSW, Sydney

Cale, J., Zmudzki, F., Hilferty, F., Lafferty, L, Whitten, T., Doyle, M., and Valentine, k. (2021). Evaluation of Home Detention in South Australia: Interim Report for Phase 2. Sydney: Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney

Whitten, T., Green, M. J., Tzoumakis, S., Laurens, K. R., Harris, F., Carr, V. J., & Dean, K. (2020). Children’s contact with police as a victim, person of interest and witness in New South Wales, Australia. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 53(3), 387-410. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0004865819890894

Breckenridge J; Cripps K; Whitten T; Burton M; Dubler N; Suchting M, 2020, National Audit of Keeping Women Safe in their Homes/Safe at Home Programs: Jurisdictional Report – New South Wales, Gender Violence Research Network UNSW, Sydney

Breckenridge J; Cripps K; Whitten T; Burton M; Dubler N; Suchting M, 2020, National Audit of Keeping Women Safe in their Homes/Safe at Home Programs: Jurisdictional Report – South Australia, Gendered Violence Research Network, Sydney

Breckenridge J; Cripps K; Whitten T; Burton M; Dubler N; Suchting M, 2020, National Audit of Keeping Women Safe in their Homes/Safe at Home Programs: Jurisdictional Report – Victoria, Gendered Violence Research Network, Sydney

Breckenridge J; Cripps K; valentine K; Whitten T; Burton M; Dubler N; Suchting M, 2020, National Audit of Keeping Women Safe in their Homes/Safe at Home Programs: Jurisdictional Report – Queensland, Gendered Violence Research Network UNSW, Sydney

Brewer, R., Whitten, T., Sayer, M., & Langos, C. (2020). Identifying risk factors associated with adolescent cyber-deviance in Australia. Adelaide: University of Adelaide.

Tzoumakis, S., Whitten, T., Piotrowska, P., Dean, K., Laurens, K. R., Harris, F., ... & Green, M. J. (2020). Gender and the intergenerational transmission of antisocial behavior. Journal of criminal justice, 67, 101670. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2020.101670

Sayer, M., Whitten, T., Brewer, R., Cale, J., Holt, T., & Goldsmith, A. (2020). South Australian Digital Youth Survey Research Report: Year 2 Results. Adelaide: University of Adelaide.

Piotrowska, P. J., Whitten, T., Tzoumakis, S., Laurens, K. R., Katz, I., Carr, V. J., ... & Green, M. J. (2020). Transitions between socio-emotional and cognitive vulnerability profiles from early to middle childhood: A population study using multi-agency administrative records. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 29(12), 1659-1670. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-020-01475-x

Whitten, T., Green, M. J., Laurens, K. R., Tzoumakis, S., Harris, F., Carr, V., & Dean, K. (2019). Parental offending and children’s emergency department presentations in New South Wales, Australia. J Epidemiol Community Health, 73(9), 832-838. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech-2019-212392

Whitten, T., Laurens, K. R., Tzoumakis, S., Kaggodaarachchi, S., Green, M. J., Harris, F., ... & Dean, K. (2019). The influence of parental offending on the continuity and discontinuity of children’s internalizing and externalizing difficulties from early to middle childhood. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology, 54(8), 965-975. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-019-01670-5

Whitten, T., McGee, T. R., Homel, R., Farrington, D. P., & Ttofi, M. (2019). Comparing the criminal careers and childhood risk factors of persistent, chronic, and persistent–chronic offenders. Australian & New Zealand journal of criminology, 52(2), 151-173. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0004865818781203

Whitten, T., Burton, M., Tzoumakis, S., & Dean, K. (2019). Parental offending and child physical health, mental health, and drug use outcomes: a systematic literature review. Journal of child and family studies, 28(5), 1155-1168. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-019-01388-7

Cale, J., Whitten, T., Brewer, R., de Vel-Palumbo, M., Goldsmith, A., & Holt, T. (2019). South Australian Digital Youth Survey Research Report: Year 1 Results. Adelaide: University of Adelaide

Whitten, T., Stevens, R., Ructtinger, L., Tzoumakis, S., Green, M. J., Laurens, K. R., ... & Carr, V. J. (2018). Connection to the natural environment and well-being in middle childhood. Ecopsychology, 10(4), 270-279. https://doi.org/10.1089/eco.2018.0010

Green, M.J., Harris, F., Laurens, K.R., Kariuki, M., Tzoumakis, S., Dean, K., Islam, F., Rossen, L., Whitten, T., Smith, M. and Holbrook, A., 2018. Cohort profile: the New South Wales child development study (NSW-CDS)—wave 2 (child age 13 years). International Journal of Epidemiology, 47(5), 1396-1397k. https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyy115

Whitten, T., McGee, T. R., Homel, R., Farrington, D. P., & Ttofi, M. (2017). Disentangling operationalizations of persistent offending. Journal of criminal justice, 52, 22-33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2017.07.001

Whitten, T. (2017). Nicholas L. Holt, ed., Positive Youth Development Through Sport, New York: Routledge, 2016. Queensland Review, 24(1), 164-166. https://doi.org/10.1017/qre.2017.19

Whitten, T., Vecchio, N., Radford, K., & Fitzgerald, J. A. (2017). Intergenerational care as a viable intervention strategy for children at risk of delinquency. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 52(1), 48-62. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajs4.6

Professional memberships

  • Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs
  • American Society of Criminology
  • Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology

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