Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Professor Jane Goodman-Delahunty

Professor Jane Goodman-Delahunty

BA (Witwatersrand), TTHD (Witwatersrand), JD (Seattle U School of Law), PhD (Washington)


Jane Goodman-Delahunty is an experimental psychologist and lawyer. Her empirical legal studies foster evidence-based decisions to promote social, procedural and distributive justice within organisations and the community. She practiced at the Bar in the State of Washington (1983-1992), was an Administrative Judge for the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Southern California (1992-2001) and third-party neutral with JAMS The Resolution Experts (1994-2001).

She is a Member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) on the Community Services and Equal Opportunity Divisions and a Member of the Criminal Justice Working Group of the Royal Commission into Responses to Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. 

Jane was a Visiting Professor at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing (2014), a Leverhulme Trust Foundation Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey (2013), and Visiting Professor at Ritsumeikan University Psychology-Law Program in Kyoto, Japan (2012).

Jane is a past President of the Australia & New Zealand Association of Psychiatry Psychology & Law and of the  American Psychology Law Society.  She was Editor of Psychology, Public Policy and Law (2001-2006). She was a part-time Commissioner at the NSW Law Reform Commission for 10 years and a Mediator for the NSW Office of Fair Trading Mediation Services Unit. Previously, she directed the Postgraduate Program in Forensic Psychology at the University of New South Wales.

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2007 Book Prize, Evaluating sexual harassment: Psychological, social, and legal considerations in forensic assessments (2005), Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, co-authored by William E Foote. Awarded by the American Psychology-Law Society.

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Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (2)
  1. Joint versus several trials for multiple victims: Jury decisions (2015-16).
  2. Evaluating alternative procedures for complainant's testimony (2014-15).
US Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Centre for Law and Human Behavior (4)
  1. Situational and relational effects on interpreting in high stakes police interviews (2013-15)
  2. Interview techniques to secure cooperation by high value detainees (2012-14)
  3. An international survey of intelligence interviewing practices and beliefs (2012-14)
  4. Intelligence and counter-intelligence interview practices in the Asia-Pacific (2011-13)
Australian Research Council Discovery (4) and Linkage (2) Projects
  1. Rape victims on trial: Police officers' and jurors' beliefs about sexual assault (2011-15)
  2. Interpreters in court: witness credibility with interpreted testimony (2011-14)
  3. Countering misconceptions in child sexual assault cases (2011-14)
  4. Juror confidence in justice: Democratic participation or deference to authority (2010-14)
  5. Views of Australian jurors, judges, lawyers and experts on expert evidence (2010-14)
Australian Criminology Research Advisory Council and Charles Sturt University
  1. Reoffence risk in parental child sex offenders (2011-14)
NSW Department of Juvenile Justice
  1. Low-risk juvenile offenders who reoffend and high-risk offenders who desist (2011-13)
Community Legal Service Centres New South Wales, Incorporated
  1. Legal advocates' experiences with the NSW Police Force complaints system (2011-14)
Charles Sturt University Faculty of Arts and Education
  1. Young peoples' experiences with the New South Wales Police Force (2011-15)

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Download a list of Jane's recent publications


Forthcoming books:
  1. Nolan, M., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2015). Law and psychology in Australia. Pyrmont: Lawbook, Thompson Reuters.
  2. Horan, J., Freckelton, I., Goodman-Delahunty, J., & McKimmie, B. (2015) Expert evidence and criminal jury trials, Oxford University Press.
  3. Goodman-Delahunty, J., Dhami, M.K., Walsh, S., & Langenberg, G. (2015). Forensic science evidence: lessons for best practice in law. Taylor & Francis.
  4. Goodman-Delahunty & Das, D. (2016). Trends in legal advocacy; Interviews with leading criminal defence lawyers and prosecutors around the globe. CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group.
Books and monographs published:
  1. Goodman-Delahunty, J., & O'Brien, K. (2014). Reoffence risk in intrafamilial child sex offenders. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology Technical and Background Paper Series.
  2. Goodman-Delahunty, J., Saunders, P. E., Tinsley, Y., & Dhami, M. K. (2012). Strengthening forensic science in Korea. Seoul: Korean Institute of Criminology.
  3. Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Foote, W. E. (2011). Evaluation for workplace discrimination and harassment. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  4. Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Hewson, L. (2010). Improving jury understanding and use of DNA evidence. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology Technical and Background Paper Series.
Refereed articles and book chapters:
  1. Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Corbo Crehan, A. (forthcoming). Enhancing police responses to domestic violence incidents: reports from client advocates in New South Wales. Violence Against Women.
  2. Goodman-Delahunty, J. (forthcoming). In D. Walsh, G. Oxburgh, A. Redlich, & T. Myklebust (Eds.), Contemporary developments and practices in investigative interviewing and interrogation: An international perspective.
  3. Goodman-Delahunty, J., Beckley, A., Martin, M. (in press, 2014). Complaints against the New South Wales Police Force: Analysis of risks and rights in reported police conduct. Australian Journal of Human Rights.
  4. Sivasubramaniam, D., Goodman-Delahunty, J., Martin, M., & Fraser, M. (in press, 2014). Protecting human rights in Australian investigative interviews: The role of recording and interview duration limits. Australian Journal of Human Rights.
  5. Goodman-Delahunty, J. (in press). The Honourable James R. Wood AO QC. In D. Lowe & D. Das (Eds.), Trends in the judiciary: Interviews with judges from around the world. London: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.
  6. Essex, R., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2014). Jury understanding of beyond reasonable doubt. Journal of Judicial Administration, 24,1-30.
  7. Goodman-Delahunty, J., Dhami, M.K., & Martschuk, N. (2014). Interviewing high value detainees: Securing cooperation and disclosures. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28, 883-897. doi: 10.1002/acp.3087
  8. Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Howes, L.M. (2014). Social persuasion to develop rapport in high stakes interviews: A qualitative analysis of Asian-Pacific policing practices. Policing & Society: An International Journal of Research and Practice.
  9. Goodman-Delahunty, J., Beckley, A., & Martin, M. (2014). Resolving or escalating disputes? Experiences of the NSW Police Force complaints process. Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 25(2), 79-90.
  10. Goodman-Delahunty, J., & O'Brien, K. (2014). Parental sexual offending: Managing risk through diversion. Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, 482, 1-9.
  11. Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2014). Profiling parental child sex abuse. Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, 465, 1-8.
  12. Goodman-Delahunty, Gumbert, T., & Hale, S. (2014). The biasing influence of linguistic variations in DNA profiling evidence. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences,46(1),1-13.
  13. Abrahamson, D.E., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2014). Impediments to information and knowledge sharing within policing: A study of three Canadian policing organizations. SAGE Open, Vol 4(1), doi: 10.1177/2158244013519363
  14. Dhami, M.K., Belton, I., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2014). Quasirationality: The only way to perform a cognitive balancing act when sentencing? Journal of Applied Memory and Cognition. DOI: 10.1016/j.jarmac.2014.07.009
  15. Howes, L.M., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2014). Career decisions by Australian police officers: A cross-section of perspectives on entering, saying in and leaving policing careers. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal.
  16. Howes, L. M., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2014). Predicting career stability and mobility: Embeddedness and boundarylessness. Journal of Career Development. doi: 10.1177/0894845314548722
  17. Howes, L. M., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2014). Life course research design: Exploring career change experiences of former school teachers and police officers. Journal of Career Development, 41(1), 62-84. doi: 10.1177/0894845312474370
  18. Rossner, M., Tait, D. & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2014). Students vs. jurors: Responding to enhanced video technology. Laws, Special issue on Technology, Social Media and Law, 3(3), 618-635. doi:10.3390/laws3030618
  19. Sivasubramaniam, D., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2014). Cultural variation in Australia: ethnicity, host community residence, and power-distance values. Cross-Cultural Communication, 10(4), 136-144. DOI: 10.3968/4810
  20. Goodman-Delahunty J., & Foote W. E. (2013). Evaluation for harassment and discrimination claims. In R. Roesch & P.A. Zapf (Eds.), Forensic assessments in criminal and civil law: A handbook for lawyers (pp. 175-190). New York: Oxford University Press.
  21. Goodman-Delahunty, J., Sowemimo-Coker, C.R., & Kingsford, J. (2013). The centrality of procedural justice in citizen complaints about police. The Journal of the Institute of Justice & International Studies, 13, 83-98.
  22. Abrahamson, D. E., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2013). The impact of organizational information culture on information use outcomes in policing: an exploratory study. Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, 18(4).
  23. Howes, L. M., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2013). A policing career: What drives a person to join, stay in, or leave policing? Australian Policing Journal, 67(4), 168-191.
  24. Goodman-Delahunty, J., O'Brien, K., & Gumbert-Jourjon, T. (2013). Police professionalism in suspect interviews: Cross-cultural endorsement of procedural justice. The Journal of the Institute of Justice & International Studies,13, 65-82.
  25. Howes, L., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2013). Teachers and police officers: Career stability and mobility. Journal of Career Development, doi: 10.1177/0894888845312474370.
  26. Goodman-Delahunty, J., Taitz, M., & Verbrugge, (2013). Complaining to the police: Insights from a psychological analysis. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 7(3), 280-288.
  27. Harmer, A., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2013). Australian practitioners' views of the best interests of the child. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law,1-21, doi: 10.1080/13218719.2013.808977
  28. Howes, L., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2013). Life course research design: Exploring career change experiences of former Australian school teachers and police officers. Journal of Career Development, doi: 10.1177/0894845312474370.
  29. Bradford, D., Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Brooks, K. (2013). The impact of presentation modality on perceptions of truthful and deceptive confessions. Journal of Criminology, Article ID 164546, doi:10.1155/2013/164546.
  30. Goodman-Delahunty, J. & Foote, W. (2013). Using a five-stage model to evaluate workplace psychological injuries. Journal of Psychological Injury,6(2), 92-99.
  31. Swan, A., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2013). The relationship between drug use and crime among police detainees: Does gender matter? International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 12, 1-9.
  32. Cossins, A., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2013). Misconceptions or expert evidence in child sexual assault trials: Enhancing justice and jurors' 'common sense'. Journal of Judicial Administration, 22,171-190.
  33. Ede, T., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2013). Question trails in trials: Structured versus unstructured juror decision making. Criminal Law Journal, 37,114-136.
  34. Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Dhami, M. (2013). A forensic examination of court reports. Australian Psychologist, 48, 32-40.
  35. Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Wakabayashi, K. (2012). Adversarial forensic science experts: An empirical study of jury deliberation, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 24(1), 85-103.
  36. Titcomb, C., Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Waubert de Puiseau, B. W. (2012). Pretrial diversion for intrafamilial child sexual offending: Does biological paternity matter?" Criminal Justice and Behavior, 39,552-570.
  37. Butler, L., Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Lulham, R. (2012). The effectiveness of pretrial community-based diversion in reducing reoffending by adult intra-familial child sex offenders. Criminal Justice and Behavior,39, 493-513.
  38. Pratley, J., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2011). Increased self-disclosure of offending by intrafamilial child sex offenders. Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand: An Interdisciplinary Journal,3(1), 44-52.
  39. Verbrugge, H., Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Frize, M. (2011). Risk assessment in intellectually disabled offenders: Validation of the suggested ID supplement to the Historical, Clinical, Risk Management-20. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health,10, 83-91.
  40. Goodman-Delahunty, J., Cossins, A., & O'Brien, K. (2011). A comparison of expert evidence and judicial directions to counter misconceptions in child sexual abuse trials. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 44(2), 196-217.
  41. Bright, D. A., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2011). Mock juror decision making in a civil negligence trial: The impact of gruesome evidence, injury severity and information processing route. Psychiatry, Psychology & Law, 18, 439- 459.
  42. Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Graham, K. (2011). The influence of victim intoxication and victim attire on police responses to sexual assault. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 8(1), 22-40.
  43. Goodman-Delahunty, J., Rossner, M., & Tait, D. (2011). Simulation and dissimulation in jury research: Credibility in a live mock trial. In L. Bartels & K. Richardson (eds.), Qualitative criminology: stories from the field (pp. 30-40). Sydney: Federation Press.
  44. Rowden, E., Wallace, A., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2010). Sentencing by videolink in Australia: Up in the Air. Criminal Law Journal, 34, 1-22.
  45. Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Verbrugge, H. (2010). Reality, fantasy and the truth about CSI effects. InPsych, the Bulletin of the Australian Psychological Society, 18-19.
  46. Goodman-Delahunty, J., (2010). Four ingredients: New recipes for procedural justice in Australian policing. Policing: A Journal of Policing and Practice, 4, 403-410.
  47. Goodman-Delahunty, J., Cossins, A., & O'Brien, K. (2010). Enhancing the credibility of complainants in child sexual assault trials: The effect of expert evidence and judicial directions on. Behavioural Sciences & the Law, 28, 769-783.
  48. Horan, J., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2010). Challenging the peremptory challenge system in Australia. Criminal Law Journal 34,167-186.
  49. Goodman-Delahunty, J., Granhag, P. A., Hartwig, M., & Loftus, E. F. (2010). Insightful or wishful: lawyers' ability to predict case outcomes. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 16, 133-157.
  50. Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Hewson, L. (2010). Improving jury understanding and use of DNA evidence. Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, 392, 1-6.
  51. Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Sporer, S. L. (2010). Unconscious influences in sentencing decisions: a research review of psychological sources of disparity. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 42(1), 9-36.
  52. Fishman, D., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2010). Pragmatic psychology. In J. Brown & E. Campbell (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of forensic psychology, (pp. 95-101). UK: Cambridge University Press.
  53. Goodman-Delahunty, J, & Walker, B (2010). Academic life: An interpersonal dimension. In R. Cantwell & J. Scevak (Eds.), An academic life: A handbook for new academics (pp. 160-172). Sydney: Acer Press.
Conference proceedings
  1. Goodman-Delahunty, J. Cossins, A., & Martschuk, N. (2014). Persistent misconceptions about child sexual assault abuse: The impact of specialized educative information and deliberation on mock-jurors. In K.C. Haung (Ed.), Proceedings of the third international conference of empirical studies of judicial systems: Citizen participation around the world, 5-6 September 2014 Taipei, Taiwan. Taipei: Academia Sinica.
  2. Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2014). Interviews with high value detainees to secure cooperation and reliable disclosures. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Electronic Recording of Interrogations: Interview Skill, Recording Technology and Psycho-Legal Issues. July 19-20, 2014, Kyoto, Japan. Kyoto, Japan: Ritsumeikan University Law School.
  3. Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2011). Judges, juries and truth in fact-finding: Empirical perspective from legal professionals, jurors and the community. Proceedings of the Symposium on Finding the Interface between Lay and Judicial Judgments. Seoul, Korea: Judicial Research and Training Institute.
  4. Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Dhami, M.K. (2011). Forensic science evidence: Pitfalls and safeguards. Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on Understanding Forensic Science in Criminal Justice. Seoul, Korea: Korean Institute of Criminology.
Technical research reports:
  1. Goodman-Delahunty, J., Hale, S. B., Dhami, M. K., & Martschuk, N. (2014). Effects on situational and relational variables on interpreting in high stakes interviewing. Unpublished research report to United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Center for Law and Human Behavior, University of Texas, El Paso. Manly: Charles Sturt University.
  2. Goodman-Delahunty, J., Dhami, M.K., & Martschuk, N. (2013). Interviewing techniques to secure cooperaton from high value detainees. Unpublished Report to United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Center for Law and Human Behavior, University of Texas, El Paso. Manly: Charles Sturt University.
  3. Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Sivasubramaniam, D. (2013). Investigative and intelligence interview practices in Asia-Pacific jurisdictions. Unpublished Report to United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Center for Law and Human Behavior, University of Texas, El Paso. Manly: Charles Sturt University.
  4. Thompson, A., McGrath, A. & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2013). Validity of the Australian adaptation of the Youth Level of Service /Case Management Inventory and investigation of prediction errors for low and high risk juvenile offenders. Unpublished Report to Juvenile Justice, NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice, Sydney, New South Wales. Bathurst: Charles Sturt University.
  5. Goodman-Delahunty, J., Beckley, A., & Hanckel, B. (2012). The NSW Police Force complaints process: Experiences of community advocates and legal practitioners. Unpublished Report to Community Legal Centres New South Wales, Inc. Manly: Charles Sturt University.
  6. Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Sivasubramaniam, D. (2013). Investigative and intelligence interviewing in Asia-Pacific jurisdictions . Unpublished Report to United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and the University of Texas, El Paso. Manly: Charles Sturt University.
  7. Goodman-Delahunty, J., Verbrugge, H., & Taitz, M. (2011). New South Wales Police Force Customer Service Program Evaluation and Analysis. Unpublished Report to the New South Wales Police Force. Manly: Charles Sturt University.

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