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Katherine J. McLachlan

Senior Lecturer, Flinders Criminology, College of Business, Govenrment and Law, Flinders University

Katherine has extensive experience working in the criminal justice system. She held lead policy and project roles in the SA Attorney-General’s Department, forensic mental health, Child Protection, Department for Correctional Services, Equal Opportunity Commission and SA Parliament. She was an Intelligence Analyst with the South Australia Police and the Sexual Assault Research Analyst at the Australian Institute of Criminology. She has also worked as the Quality and Research Manager for Victim Support Service. In 2015, she was appointed by the Minister for Correctional Services as the victim representative on the Parole Board of South Australia, and was re-appointed in 2018 and 2021.

Katherine completed an Honours Degree and a Research Masters in Laws at Flinders University, exploring police responses to women who had been raped. She also has an Honours degree in Psychology, exploring the prediction of violent recidivism by surveying people in prison. In 2010, she completed her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia. Katherine has a PhD in Law, and was a 2018-2021 RTPd PhD Scholarship recipient.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Law/Criminal Justice, University of South Australia
  • 2022–present
    Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Flinders University
  • 2018–2019
    Course coordinator, University of South Australia


  • 2022 
    University of South Australia, PhD
  • 2007 
    Flinders University of SA, Master of Laws (Research)

Professional Memberships

  • South Australian Representative, Committee of Management, ANZSOC
  • Member, American Society of Criminology
  • Secretary, ANZAPPL (SA Branch)