Overview

Current Work

Here's a summary of the three projects that I am thinking about and working on at the moment:

The Integrated Cognitive Antisocial Potential Theory - Explaining the development of offending over the life course
*Book manuscript due to Springer 17 Dec 2018*
*Conference paper at ASC Nov 2018 Atlanta*
*Seminar at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge, Oct 2018*
In 2018, I am on sabbatical from my teaching responsibilities at Griffith University and I am a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Criminology, at the University of Cambridge. There I am working on a book with Professor David Farrington which examines both short-term and long-term antisocial potential in relation to official offending and self-reported offending. Using archival material from the study, we are analysing interview transcripts to better understand the situational factors related to violent fights and the ways in which this intersects with long-term antisocial potential.

CREATEing Pathways to Prevention
*Data agreements currently being negotiated*
In 2018 the CREATE team was funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Project
https://www.griffith.edu.au/criminology-institute/our-research/major-research-projects/creating-pathways-prevention
I am deputy coordinator of the data linkage working group, led by Dr Jacqueline Homel. Creating pathways to child wellbeing in disadvantaged communities. 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. The project expects to generate new knowledge in the area of translational prevention science about how to influence risk and protective factors for child wellbeing in a cost-efficient manner and at a scale within existing service systems. Project benefits should include a methodology for achieving lasting improvements in child wellbeing, behaviour and school success.

Linked lives: Antisocial behaviour across three generations
*Conference paper at ANZSOC Dec 2018 Melbourne*
The Mater and University Study of Pregnancy and its Outcomes (MUSP) team recently finished data collection of the third generation of participants in our study; the children of the children. This work was funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project. This is the first Australian and one of the only studies internationally, to study the consequences of being a child in a family with a history of antisocial behaviour. In addition to contributing new findings based upon intergenerational transmission this study will enable a better targeting of policies. Antisocial behaviour involves about 10% of children and/or adolescents. It has a substantial impact on many life outcomes including education, employment, family life and offending. The costs of providing services to an antisocial child are 10 times higher than other children. Antisocial offspring are often children of antisocial parents and grandparents. The study aims to assess antisocial behaviour transmitted across 3 generations, to document the predictors of this intergenerational transmission and to describe how antisocial behaviour is changing over generations.
 

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Expertise Keywords

  • Criminological theory
  • Quantitative methods
  • Statistics for social research
  • crime
  • developmental and life-course criminology
  • social research methods

Subject Area Codes

  • Criminology
  • Developmental Psychology and Ageing
  • Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
  • Sociology

Country Affiliations

  • United Kingdom

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 39 (Other: 39)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Learning and Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

Within my specialist teaching areas of research skills, statistics, and developmental prevention, my approach centres around three main themes.

1. Providing students with the opportunity to develop their own ‘toolbox of analytical frameworks’ that they can apply in their own research practice across their academic studies and in their transition to work in policy and practice.

2. Assisting students to understand, through applied tasks, the linkages between research and theory and the central role of these in the generation of knowledge.

3. Enabling students to learn the conventions of the social research process to enable them to both design their own successful research projects and also conduct critical evaluations of existing research.
 

Current and Past Courses

  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Supervisor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Dissertation 3 (6091CCJ_P3)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Dissertation 4 (6091CCJ_P4)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Dissertation 2 (6091CCJ_P2)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Dissertation 3 (6091CCJ_P3)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Dissertation 3 (6091CCJ_P3)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Dissertation 4 (6091CCJ_P4)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Dissertation 4 (6091CCJ_P4)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Dissertation 2 (6091CCJ_P2)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Dissertation 2 (6091CCJ_P2)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Dissertation 1 (6091CCJ_P1)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Dissertation 1 (6091CCJ_P1)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Dissertation 1 (6091CCJ_P1)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Dissertation 1 (6091CCJ_P1)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Supervisor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Convenor, Print Materials, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Supervisor, Print Materials, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Teacher, Print Materials, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Supervisor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Supervisor, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Supervisor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Supervisor, In Person, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Supervisor, Online, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Convenor, Print Materials, Other Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Supervisor, Print Materials, Other Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Teacher, Print Materials, Other Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Contemp Perspectives on Crime (6009CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Dissertation 3 (6091CCJ_P3)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Dissertation 3 (6091CCJ_P3)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Dissertation 4 (6091CCJ_P4)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Dissertation 4 (6091CCJ_P4)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Dissertation 2 (6091CCJ_P2)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Dissertation 2 (6091CCJ_P2)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Dissertation 1 (6091CCJ_P1)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Dissertation 1 (6091CCJ_P1)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Supervisor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Contemp Perspectives on Crime (6009CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Dissertation 3 (6091CCJ_P3)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Dissertation 3 (6091CCJ_P3)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Dissertation 3 (6091CCJ_P3)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Dissertation 3 (6091CCJ_P3)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Dissertation 4 (6091CCJ_P4)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Dissertation 4 (6091CCJ_P4)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Dissertation 4 (6091CCJ_P4)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Dissertation 4 (6091CCJ_P4)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Dissertation 2 (6091CCJ_P2)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Dissertation 2 (6091CCJ_P2)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Dissertation 2 (6091CCJ_P2)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Dissertation 2 (6091CCJ_P2)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Dissertation 1 (6091CCJ_P1)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Dissertation 1 (6091CCJ_P1)
    Convenor, Supervised Research, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Dissertation 1 (6091CCJ_P1)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Dissertation 1 (6091CCJ_P1)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Developmental Crime Prevention (7023CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Developmental Crime Prevention (7023CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Developmental Crime Prevention (7023CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Developmental Crime Prevention (7023CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Supervisor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Supervisor, Online, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Convenor, Print Materials, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Supervisor, Print Materials, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Teacher, Print Materials, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Supervisor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Developmental Crime Prevention (7023CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Developmental Crime Prevention (7023CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Supervisor, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Supervisor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Supervisor, In Person, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Supervisor, Online, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Convenor, Print Materials, Other Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Supervisor, Print Materials, Other Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Teacher, Print Materials, Other Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Developmental Crime Prevention (7023CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Developmental Crime Prevention (7023CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Developmental Crime Prevention (7023CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Developmental Crime Prevention (7023CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Convenor, Print Materials, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Teacher, Print Materials, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Developmental Crime Prevention (7023CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Developmental Crime Prevention (7023CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Convenor, Print Materials, Other Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Crime Prevention (3010CCJ)
    Teacher, Print Materials, Other Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Managing Research Projects (6008CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Managing Research Projects (6008CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Managing Research Projects (6008CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Managing Research Projects (6008CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Social Science Research Method (3012CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Developmental Crime Prevention (7023CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Developmental Crime Prevention (7023CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Social Science Research Method (3012CCJ)
    Convenor, Print Materials, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Social Science Research Method (3012CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Social Science Research Method (3012CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Statistics for Social Research (7009CCJ)
    Convenor, Print Materials, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Statistics for Social Research (7009CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Developmental Crime Prevention (7023CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Social Science Research Method (3012CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Statistics for Social Research (7009CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Social Science Research Method (3012CCJ)
    Convenor, Print Materials, Other Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Statistics for Social Research (2009CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Statistics for Social Research (7009CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Other Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Social Science Research Method (3012CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Social Science Research Method (3012CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Social Science Research Method (3012CCJ)
    Convenor, Print Materials, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Social Science Research Method (3012CCJ)
    Teacher, Print Materials, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Social Science Research Method (3012CCJ)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Social Science Research Method (3012CCJ)
    Teacher, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Social Science Research Method (3012CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Social Science Research Method (3012CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Social Science Research Method (3012CCJ)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Social Science Research Method (3012CCJ)
    Teacher, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Social Science Research Method (3012CCJ)
    Convenor, Print Materials, Other Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Social Science Research Method (3012CCJ)
    Teacher, Print Materials, Other Campus, Semester 2, 2010.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Supervision Overview

Most of my students have a strong interest in antisocial behaviour and offending over the life-course. They use longitudinal data to explore the development of these behaviours.

Prospective students should be familiar with the core theories of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology and have strong research methodology and analysis skills.

My current students are:
Kate Riseley
Corrie Williams
Maleah Kilner
Tracy Meehan

Background

Bio

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 http://www.ansoc.uq.edu.au/research/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. https://www.griffith.edu.au/criminology-institute/our-research/major-research-projects/creating-pathways-prevention

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.
 

Education and Training

  • PhD Doctor Of Philosophy, University of Queensland 2001 - 2008
  • GradCertSocRes Graduate Certificate in Social Research, The University of Queensland 2005 - 2006
  • BA Bachelor Of Arts With Honours, James Cook University 1992 - 1996

Academic experience

  • Associate Professor, Griffith University 2017 - 2018
  • Senior Lecturer, Griffith University 2015 - 2016
  • ARC DECRA Research Fellow, Griffith University 2012 - 2015
  • Senior Lecturer, Griffith University 2010 - 2012
  • Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology 2009 - 2010
  • Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology 2005 - 2009
  • Executive Officer, The Australian Sociological Association 2001 - 2004
  • Lecturer (Fixed-term appointment), The University of Queensland 2003 - 2003
  • Tutor, The University of Queensland 2001 - 2002
  • Research Assistant, The University of Queensland 2001 - 2001
  • Research Officer, Criminal Justice Commission, Queensland 1997 - 2000
  • Tutor, The University of Queensland 1997 - 1998
  • Research assistant, The University of Queensland 1997 - 1997

Internal service roles

  • Honours convenor, Griffith University 2015 - 2017
  • DECRA mentoring scheme, Griffith University 2012 - 2014
  • ANZSOC conference convenor, Griffith University 2012 - 2013
  • Honours convenor, Griffith University 2011 - 2012
  • Deputy Director, Key Centre for Ethics Law Justice and Governance, Griffith University 2011 - 2012
  • Honours convenor, Queensland University of Technology 2006 - 2010
  • Faculty Research Ethics Advisor - Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology 2007 - 2010
  • Member of University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), Queensland University of Technology 2007 - 2010
  • Convenor of QUT School of Justice Seminar Series, Queensland University of Technology 2006 - 2009

External service roles

  • Organising Committee Member, Social Sciences Week 2017 - 2018
  • Vice-chairperson, Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, American Society of Criminology 2018 - 2018
  • President, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology 2017 - 2018
  • Secretary and Treasurer, Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, American Society of Criminology 2012 - 2017
  • Australian Vice President, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology 2014 - 2016
  • Queensland representative, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology 2010 - 2014
  • Executive Committee Member, The Australian Sociological Association 2005 - 2008
  • Crime and Governance Thematic Group Co-convenor, The Australian Sociological Association 2007 - 2009
  • TASAweb editor, The Australian Sociological Association 2005 - 2008

Visiting appointments

  • Visiting Scholar, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge 2018 - 2018

Editorial roles

  • Editor, Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology 2015 - 2018

Professional memberships

  • ANZSOC Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology 2002 - 2018
  • ASC Member, American Society of Criminology 2002 - 2015