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Assoc Prof Tara Renae McGee

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Tara Renae McGee

Associate Professor
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Associate Professor Tara Renae McGee joined the Griffith University, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice as a Senior Lecturer in July 2010 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017. During that time, from 2012-2015 she was a Research Fellow and the position was funded by the Australian Research Council for her Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA). Prior to joining Griffith, she was part of the QUT School of Justice (2005-2010). During her time at QUT, McGee was a member of the University Human Research Ethics Committee and also was the Faculty Research Ethics Advisor. McGee has previously worked as a Research Officer at the former Queensland Criminal Justice Commission 1997-2000 and has also held research and teaching positions at The University of Queensland. McGee's undergraduate Arts degree included majors in both psychology and sociology. From there she completed an Honours year in sociology. This background made her well placed to work as a criminological research officer in government. Her PhD research was undertaken in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Queensland. It was awarded in 2008 and was the first PhD in Criminology awarded by the university. While undertaking her PhD she also completed a Graduate Certificate in Social Science specialising in Applied Social Research. This provided her with the methodological and data analysis skills required to work with large longitudinal data sets. This training has also allowed her to design and teach a range of research methods and data analysis courses. TEACHING Associate Professor McGee has taught on a range of criminological topics (including research methods, forensic psychology, and youth crime at the undergraduate and postgraduate level) but most recently her teaching has focussed on two main areas - quantitative research methods and developmental crime prevention. Together with Professor Ross Homel she teaches a third-year course on developmental crime prevention which aims to enable students to understand the principles of prevention science and the importance of using evidence based programs when designing prevention strategies. At the undergraduate level she also teaches the core statistics course in the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice degree. She has also designed the honours curriculum to have a strong research focus (both quantitative and qualitative methods) and introduced a course designed to teach students how to manage their research projects and write their dissertations. Her published scholarship of teaching focuses on students' academic integrity (2015) and employer expectations of students' research skills (2019). RESEARCH Associate Professor McGee has a strong background in designing questionnaires and administering large scale survey design research. She has worked with the Mater University Study of Pregnancy (MUSP), a large scale longitudinal study, for twenty years beginning as a research assistant in 1997. Her latest two-year project with this team was funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery DP15 and collected data on a third generation of participants; the 'children of the children'. Her PhD research focused on persistence and desistence of antisocial behaviour across childhood and adolescence and used MUSP More recent research builds on these findings to examine and compare the outcomes of antisocial behaviour in early adulthood. McGee has also been working with MUSP colleagues to examine individual antisocial behaviour in the context of family and neighbourhood factors. This research was funded in 2008 by the Australian Criminology Research Council. In 2007-08, McGee was a British Academy Visiting Fellow at the Cambridge University Institute of Criminology. This led to her ongoing work with Prof David Farrington examines adult-onset offending in the Cambridge Study of Delinquent Development (CSDD). During her time in Cambridge, McGee was also a visiting scholar at Wolfson College. This work paved the foundation for her ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2012-2015) Offending across the life-course: Testing developmental and life-course theories of crime. During this time, McGee travelled to the University of Cambridge as a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Criminology to continue her collaborations with David Farrington. Their most recent collaboration is a book due to be published by Springer in 2019. Associate Professor McGee is also collaborating with Professor Ross Homel and the CREATE team on an Australian Research Council Linkage Project (2018-2020). This project aims to test, in nine disadvantaged communities, a model for action that blends new human and digital resources to support respectful, data-driven collaborations between schools, families and community agencies. McGee's role in the project is as the deputy co-ordinator of the data linkage team led by Dr Jacqueline Homel. SERVICE The Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology of the American Society of Criminology was established in 2012 by David Farrington and Tara Renae McGee. In Nov 2018 she will take on the role of Vice-Chairperson of the Division and she was the Secretary and Treasurer of this Division (2012-2017). Associate Professor McGee established (with co-editor Paul Mazerolle) the Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology in 2015, published by Springer, New York. This is the official journal of the ASC Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology. Associate Professor McGee is also the current President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) (2017-2018) and was formerly Australian Vice President (2014-2016) and Queensland Representative on the ANZSOC Committee of Management (2010-2014). In 2013, she was the convenor of the annual ANZSOC conference in Brisbane. She has also participated in the Executive activities of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), where she was the TASA Executive Officer 2001-2004 and was a TASA Executive Committee Member in 2005-2008.


  • Member
    Griffith Criminology Institute2015


  • Bachelor Of Arts With Honours
    James Cook University1992 - 1996
  • Doctor Of Philosophy
    University of Queensland2001 - 2008


  • Graduate Certificate in Social Research
    The University of Queensland2005 - 2006