Project team

Effective transformation will only be possible by working together, sharing knowledge, experience and innovative ideas. You can find out more about the various individuals, groups and organisations that we are working with, as well as our Griffith team, here.

Our governance

Project Governance Structure:

Our co-creators

This project will be possible through the collective inputs of a range of groups including mothers with lived experience of incarceration and their families, service providers, policy developers, and researchers. This page will grow to include those people and groups as the project develops.

Our research team

Griffith University Research Team

Project Director, Professor Susan Dennison

Susan Dennison is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Griffith Criminology Institute at Griffith University. She is an international leader in the field of parental incarceration research. During her career she has focused on investigating how childhood adversity, particularly maltreatment and parental incarceration, affects young people’s development and long-term outcomes. Susan is working to transform policies and systems to reduce the intergenerational transmission of offending and disadvantage. She is committed to improving correctional design, policy and practice with respect to prisoner-family relationships, contact and community re-entry.

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Project Leader, Professor Janet Ransley

Janet Ransley is a Professor and Director of the Griffith Criminology Institute (GCI) at Griffith University. Prior to entering academia she held senior Queensland Government policy positions. Janet’s research aims to understand and improve criminal justice system policy, coordination and practices, especially via the principles of harm reduction, crime prevention rather than enforcement, and improved responses for First Nations people. She has developed extensive collaborative partnerships to co-generate evidence for better practice outcomes.

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Project Leader, Professor Tara McGee

Tara McGee is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Member of the Griffith Criminology Institute at Griffith University. She commenced her career as a youth worker with young people who were growing up in uniquely disadvantaged circumstances. Since joining academia Tara has focused on building our understanding of the development of antisocial behaviour and offending over the life-course. Her more recent work has sought to translate research in practice, specifically in the field of Prevention Science. She works with the not-for-profit sector and government departments investigating the effectiveness of developmental crime prevention programs.

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Project Investigator, Dr Carleen Thompson

Carleen Thompson is a Lecturer in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Member of the Griffith Criminology Institute at Griffith University. Carleen’s research aims to improve understanding of the causes and progression of offending to drive evidence-based intervention planning that reduces re-offending. Carleen has established strong partnerships across government departments, with 16 years’ experience using her research to help policy-makers and practitioners more effectively target interventions on the basis of offenders’ risks and needs.

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Project Investigator, Ms Krystal Lockwood

Krystal Lockwood is a Gumbaynggirr and Dunghutti woman who grew up in Armidale, NSW. She is a Lecturer in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University. Her research focuses on the way evidence is used in the criminal justice system, particularly in the way evidence can impact, influence, or hinder steps to achieving social justice. Her research focuses on addressing the over-representation of First Peoples in the criminal justice system. For her PhD, Krystal evaluated Belonging to Family, a reintegration program supporting Koori families with a parent in prison.

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Project Investigator, Dr Brian Jenkins

Brian is a Lecturer in the School of Human Services and Social Work and member of the Griffith Criminology Institute. His research focuses primarily on child protection, particularly patterns and drivers of change in complex systems. He has extensive experience working with secondary and administrative data, and has evaluated a range of family support services from state-wide programs to local place-based interventions. Brian has worked across government in a number of policy and evaluation roles related to child safety, youth justice, and cross-sectoral reforms. 

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Research Fellow, Dr Diksha Sapkota

Diksha Sapkota is a Research Fellow at TCTL and has been working on identifying diverse needs of women in prison. She is a registered nurse from Nepal and has master’s degree in public health. She has recently completed her Ph.D. thesis on developing and evaluating a psychosocial intervention for pregnant victims of domestic violence with ‘School of Nursing and Midwifery’ at Griffith University. She has more than five years of experience in tutoring medical and nursing students. She has been involved in several health-related research projects related to women’s health, mental health, self-management of chronic diseases and domestic violence. She has diverse experience of conducting systematic reviews, quantitative and qualitative studies and writing scientific papers. She has developed an exceptional publication record for her career stage. Diksha’s key interest is on developing innovative models of care and support for improving health and wellbeing of women and children, especially among marginalized and vulnerable groups.

Research Fellow, Dr Corrie Williams

Corrie is a Research Fellow with the Transforming Corrections to Transform Lives project at Griffith University, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Corrie also has extensive experience as a practitioner and analyst with the Department of Youth Justice in Queensland. Her research interests include the development and promotion of prosocial behaviour, the interplay of prosocial and conduct problem behaviour from childhood to middle adolescence, and adolescents’ perceptions of social support within their families and school environments.

Senior Research Assistant, Nomxolisi Malope-Rwodzi

Nomxolisi’s career has spanned Research, Monitoring and Evaluation, Programme design, and programme management in the NGO sector in South Africa. As a social behaviour change specialist, Nomxolisi has developed programmes, campaigns, and initiatives for orphaned and vulnerable children and youth. As a monitoring and evaluation expert, she has led the monitoring and evaluation activities and reporting for youth leadership development, financial literacy and enterprise development programmes funded by the government, large corporates, and international aid organisations. In recent years, Nomxolisi led the establishment of a national network of organisations and individuals in the development of an early childhood development movement that advocates for access to stimulation for all young children.

Since moving to Queensland in 2020, Nomxolisi enjoys discovering this beautiful and diverse state and contributing to the TCTL project’s important work.

Research Assistant, Laura Baar

Laura is a Research Assistant with the Transforming Corrections to Transform Lives project at Griffith University. Laura completed her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Psychological Science in 2018. Most recently, she completed her Honours in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her thesis examined countering violent extremism initiatives run for youth in Australia and the theoretical underpinnings of resilience-based programs. She has experience as a research assistant during her undergraduate studies with research interests centred around counter-terrorism, youth justice and corrections. 

Project Collaborator, Professor Emeritus Jenny Gamble

Jenny Gamble is a Professor Emeritus at Griffith University and Director of Transforming Maternity Care Collaborative. Her career has focussed on the structural and system barriers to the provision of quality maternal and newborn care. She is an international research leader in relational models of maternity care, implementation of service innovations and provision of holistic care. She is passionate about equity and access issues and works with the health services and the community sector to develop and implement innovative, evidence-based models of maternity care.

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Project Collaborator, Dr Jyai Allen

Jyai Allen is an early career researcher in Midwifery at Griffith University and a member of the Transforming Maternity Care Collaborative. As a midwife she specialised in providing community-based continuity of carer to young women through pregnancy, birth and early parenting. As an academic Jyai works in collaboration with key stakeholders to implement and evaluate programs that improve the outcomes, experiences and life trajectory of women and babies. 

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Postgraduate students

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