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Researcher: Spiranovic, CA (Dr Caroline Spiranovic)

Fields of Research

Causes and prevention of crime
Courts and sentencing
Legal institutions (incl. courts and justice systems)
Criminal law
Mental health services
Health psychology
Public law
Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation
Health informatics and information systems
Crime policy
Police administration, procedures and practice
Health promotion
System and network security
International humanitarian and human rights law
Law and humanities
Human information interaction and retrieval
Social psychology
Pattern recognition
Social change
Health services and systems
Natural language processing
Image processing
Forensic psychology
Access to justice

Research Objectives

Crime prevention
Criminal justice
Mental health
Expanding knowledge in human society
Legal processes
Justice and the law
Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies
Rehabilitation and correctional services
Law reform
Evaluation of health and support services
Health education and promotion
Mental health services
Other law, politics and community services
Families and family services
Expanding knowledge in the information and computing sciences
Violence and abuse services
Radio, television, film and video services
Women's and maternal health
Disability and functional capacity

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A country not divided: A comparison of public punitiveness in sentencing across Australia; Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
A matter of judgement: The effect of information and deliberation on public attitudes to punishment; Punishment and Society: The International Journal of Penology
Aboriginal Young People in the Children’s Court of Western Australia: Findings from the National Assessment of Australian Children’s Courts; University of Western Australia Law Review
Aggravating and mitigating factors in sentencing: comparing the views of judges and jurors; Australian Law Journal
Aggravating or mitigating? Comparing judges’ and jurors’ views on four ambiguous sentencing factors; Journal of Judicial Administration
Are Judges out of touch?; Current Issues in Criminal Justice
Assessing the risk of Australian indigenous sexual offenders reoffending: a review of the research literature and court decisions; Psychiatry Psychology and Law
Bail, risk and law reform: a review of bail legislation across Australia; Criminal Law Journal
Child Exploitation Material in the Context of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse
Child sexual abuse material in child-centred institutions: situational crime prevention approaches; Journal of Sexual Aggression
Comparing legal and lay assessments of relevant sentencing factors for sex offences in Australia; Criminal Law Journal
Creating honeypots to prevent online child exploitation; Future Internet
Crime victims research project
Effects of automated messages on internet users attempting to access “barely legal” pornography; Sexual Abuse
Enhancing early detection of cognitive impairment in the criminal justice system: feasibility of a proposed method; Current Issues in Criminal Justice
Evaluation of an online youth ambassador program to promote mental health; Youth Studies Australia
Exploring the educative role of judges’ sentencing remarks: an analysis of remarks on child exploitation material; Psychiatry Psychology and Law
Fear of Cyber-Identity Theft and Related Fraudulent Activity; Psychiatry Psychology and Law
Forensic experts’ perspectives on Australian Indigenous sexual offenders and factors important in evaluating the risk of recidivism; International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Gaming tasks as a method for studying the impact of warning messages on information behavior; Library Trends
Increasing knowledge of mental illness through secondary research of electronic health records: opportunities and challenges; Advances in Mental Health
Internet subcultures and pathways to the use of child pornography; Computer Law and Security Review
Juror and community views of the guilty plea sentencing discount: findings from a national Australian study; Criminology & Criminal Justice
Jurors' views of suspended sentences; Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology
Mandatory sentencing? Use [with] discretion; Alternative Law Journal
Measuring jurors’ views on sentencing: Results from the second Australian jury sentencing study; Punishment and Society
Media Usage and Public Confidence in Sentencing in Australia: A National Study; The Courts and the Media: Challenges in the era of digital and social media
Navigating risk and protective factors for family violence during and after the COVID-19 ‘perfect storm’; Current Issues in Criminal Justice
Naïve participants in online studies: can research ethically include participants without their consent?; 27th Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (OzCHI 2015)
Outcome measures for evaluating the efficacy of juvenile justice programs; Victoria University Law and Justice Journal
Patterns of ownership of child model sites: Profiling the profiteers and consumers of child exploitation material; First Monday (Chicago)
Personally controlled electronic health records in Australia: challenges in communication of mental health information; Advances in Mental Health
Public perspectives on judges' reasons for sentence; The Australian Law Journal
Public preferences for sentencing purposes: What difference does offender age, criminal history and offence type make?; Criminology and Criminal Justice
Sentencing and public confidence: Results from a national Australian survey on public opinions towards sentencing; Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
Sentencing discounts for delay; Criminal Law Journal
Severe, Recurrent Depression Managed in a Remote Setting via the Internet - An Example of Remote Care Using the HealthSteps System; How to Practice Evidence-Based Psychiatry: Basic Principles and Case Studies
Sexual Offences Against Young People: Tasmania Law Reform Institute Final Issues Paper No 17
Social Media Sentiment Analysis: A New Empirical Tool for Assessing Public Opinion on Crime?; Current Issues in Criminal Justice
Study of effects of crime
Study of effects of crime
Study of effects of crime
Support networks promoting e-health in youth; the yshareit model; Youth Studies Australia
Tertiary education students' attitudes to the harmfulness of viewing and distributing child pornography; Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
The criminogenic profile of violent female offenders incarcerated in Western Australian prisons as per the Level of Service/Risk, Need, Responsivity (LS/RNR) and Violence Risk Scale (VRS); Psychiatry Psychology and Law
The Efficacy of Juvenile Justice Support Programs: A Desk Top Review
The forensic examination of structural fires in Victoria, Australia: decision-making processes and impact on judicial outcomes; Science and Justice
The impact of chemical trace evidence on justice outcomes: exploring the additive value of forensic science disciplines; Forensic Science International
The predictive validity of risk assessment tools used in Australia for female offenders: a systematic review; Aggression and Violent Behavior
The promises and perils of developing a national sex offender recidivism database in Australia; Current Issues in Criminal Justice
The Static-99 and Static-99-R Norms Project: Developing norms based on Western Australian sex offenders
To trace or not to trace: a survey of how police use and perceive chemical trace evidence; Forensic Science International
Transdisciplinary research in virtual space: can online warning messages reduce engagement with child exploitation material?; Routledge Handbook of Crime Science
What does the public think about sex offender registers? Findings from a national Australian study; Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
What Predicts Punitiveness? An Examination of Predictors of Punitive Attitudes towards Offenders in Australia; Psychiatry Psychology and Law
Why internet users’ perceptions of viewing child exploitation material matter for prevention policies; Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
Why sentence? Comparing the views of jurors, judges and the legislature on the purposes of sentencing in Victoria, Australia; Criminology & Criminal Justice
You be the judge: no thanks!; Alternative Law Journal
Young people, child pornography, and subcultural norms on the internet; Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Youth Justice and Child Protection: The Children’s Court in Western Australia; Australia’s Children’s Courts Today and Tomorrow
Yshareit A project promoting the use of e-mental health resources amoung young people; Youth Studies Australia

Research Projects

Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal sex-offenders in Australia: Assessing risk for practice and policy; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Automated internet warnings to prevent the uploading of child exploitation material produced by children and young adults; Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC)
Automated internet warnings to prevent viewing of minor-adult sex images; Australian Research Council (ARC)
CCTV Analysis for Mental Health; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Enhancing Early Detection of Cognitive Impairment in the Criminal Justice System; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Implementation and Evaluation of the Yshareit Virtual Youth Ambassador Program in Tasmania: A Pilot for a National Program; Australian Rotary Health Research Fund (ARHRF)
Implementation and Evaluation of the Yshareit Virtual Youth Ambassador Program in Tasmania: A Pilot for a National Program; Beyondblue (BB)
Preparation of a full application submission for consideration in 2nd Round - K15975 - Headspace Community of Youth Services Tasmanian Consortium Project; Headspace (Headspace)
Using Jurors to Gauge Informed Public Opinion on Sentencing; Australasian Institute for Judicial Administration (AIJA)
Evaluation of Baptcare Family Violence Programs
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: the relevance of Child Exploitation Material
Sexual violence in southern Tasmania
Long-term follow-up of Re-arrests in the Western Australian Population of Sex Offenders: Implications for Dangerous Sex Offender Legislation
National Assessment of Risk Assessment Tools for Sexual Offenders: A Seed Project.

Research Candidate Supervision