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Professor in Criminology and Justice Studies, RMIT University

The focus of my primary research field is the detailed analysis of the language used by participants in police interviews. I use tools developed for empirical and replicable studies of interaction to identify the impact of different questioning strategies in interviews with suspects and witnesses. More broadly, I provide training and professional development to legal and law enforcement professionals in cross-cultural communication, using an interpreter, and credibility assessment. I am concerned with detainees' human rights and effective interviewing within an ethical framework of practice. A more recent area of research has been the implications of widespread criminal records checking by employees for ex-offenders and for their reintegration and rehabilitation.
I am also a forensic linguist and provide linguistic expert evidence in court cases.


  • 2018–present
    Associate professor, RMIT University
  • 2009–2018
    Senior lecturer, RMIT University


  • 2003 
    Monash University, PhD/ Linguistics