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Dr Amber C McKinley

B.LibS, MCJ, PhD

Senior Lecturer


Dr. Amber McKinley (BLibS, MCJ, PhD) is a Clinical and Forensic Victimologist and a Senior Lecturer at Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS), based in Barton, ACT. She lectures in Theoretical, Applied and Forensic Victimology. Amber 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.

Amber works as a (Specialist Reserve) Squadron Leader in the Royal Australian Air Force and works with the Joint Military Police Unit where she researches and writes reports on sexual offences and sudden death for the Provost Marshal-ADF. She also lectures at the Defence Force School of Policing.


  • JST345 - Theoretical, Applied and Forensic Victimology Semester 1 and 3, 2020
  • Australian Federal Police. Clinical and Forensic Victimology in Human Trafficking 17 March 2020. AFP Head Quarters, Melbourne
  • Invited lectures from Global Alms Incorporated and the Royal Thai Police, Mae Sot Thailand 1-11 February 2020; family and domestic violence, applied victimology in criminal investigations and human trafficking for sexual servitude
  • Invited lectures for Career Training Program for the Indian Police Service (IPS) in Hyderabad 13-18 November 2019. Lectures include Evidence Based Police Process Models and Crime Solvability Factors, Applied Victimology; Investigation of personal violent crimes and Sexual Offences and Vicarious Trauma for Investigators
  • Clinical and Forensic Victimology within Investigations at Defence Force School of Policing, Holsworthy Army Base, Moorebank, 12-14 August 2019
  • Australian Federal Police. Clinical and Forensic Victimology in Human Trafficking 30 April 2019. AFP Head Quarters, Sydney
  • Bank Negara (Reserve Bank of Malaysia) lecturing the Auxiliary Police Force in problem solving, suspect behaviour and victimology, 20-25 October 2018


Dr McKinley's current research includes:

  • vicarious trauma in first responding personnel;
  • theories of applied thanatology informing a new model to deal with sudden death in EMS;
  • compare and contrast the ‘5 eyes’ militaries sexual offence records and prevention models;
  • the use of forensic taphonomy in solving Australian homicides and,
  • the history of serial homicide in Australia from 1820-2020.

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Criminology
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • British Society of Criminology
  • Homicide Research Working Group
  • Royal United Services Institute
  • South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology
  • World Society of Victimology


Amber's publications can be found here -

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