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Dr Natalie Gately

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5930, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO4.203
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5930
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO4.203  


Dr Natalie Gately is a Lecturer and Researcher in the School of Arts and Humanities.


Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm

Current teaching

Natalie’s teaching interests and involvement have encompassed a range of areas at the undergraduate and graduate level. These areas include: Psychology of Criminal Behaviour, The Family & Family Law, Qualitative Research Methods, Independent Study Skills in Criminology & Justice, Juvenile Justice, Pivotal Issues in Criminology and Justice, The Media and Justice, Case Management, Conflict Management, Police the Law & Society.

Current units include:

  • CRI2102 - Qualitative Research Methods in Criminology & Justice
  • CRI1104 - The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour
  • CRI2105 - The Family & Family Law
  • CRI3103 - Juvenile Justice
  • CRI5115 - Independent Study in Criminology and Justice


In addition to her teaching and research interests, Natalie is currently the WA Site Manager of the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Project, which is run by the Australian Institute of Criminology.

Before entering into academia, Natalie had a career in the media with Channel 7 in both Sydney and Perth. Prior to her current academic position, she was a Sessional Tutor, DUMA Researcher and Research Assistant with the School of Law & Justice, and the coordinator of the Kingsley Community Centre whilst studying. 

Natalie is the co-principle investigator working on a number of research projects into young offenders, youth justice and public perceptions of youth who commit crimes. She is also the co-principle investigator and co-author of the YORI (Young Offender Risk Inventory) a ‘screening out’ tool currently being trialled by the West Australian Department of Corrective Services.

She has conducted research in the Perth Children’s Court and conducts research with the WA Police, the Department of the Attorney General and the Drug and Alcohol Office in Western Australia.

Awards and recognition

  • 2012 - Faculty of Business and Law, Dean's Award for Achieving a PhD.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Edith Cowan University.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2012.


Recent Research Grants

  • Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) data collection services in Western Australia,  Australian Institute of Criminology,  National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund,  2017 - 2019,  $262,296.
  • Juvenile Justice Teams Review,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2017,  2017 - 2018,  $6,875.
  • To coordinate data collection for the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Program,  Australian Institute of Criminology,  Grant,  2013 - 2017,  $535,360.
  • Through the looking glass: Examining offence pathways of young offenders and their experiences in the Children’s Court of Western Australia.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme - 2016 Open Round,  2016 - 2017,  $98,112.
  • Current and national need to understand the effectiveness of implementing pill testing facilities at music festivals in Australia as a form of harm prevention,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $11,950.
  • Legal Aid 'When Separating' Multimedia Research,  Legal Aid WA,  Legal Aid WA Grant,  2014 - 2015,  $9,984.
  • Offenders on Offending,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2014,  $18,177.
  • Drug Use Monitoring in Australia: An expansion to the Pilbara, Western Australia.,  Australian Institute of Criminology,  National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund,  2013 - 2014,  $89,917.
  • Drug Use Monitoring (DUMA) WA Police Offenders on Offending,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2013,  $18,172.
  • Drug Use Monitoring of Australia DUMA (Phase II),  Australian Institute of Criminology,  Grant,  2009 - 2012,  $528,000.
  • Amphetamine Use Among Detainees at the East Perth Watch House: What is the Impact on Crime?,  Criminology Research Council,  Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $50,229.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Gately, N., Ellis, S., Britton, K., Fleming, T., (2017), Understanding and Overcoming Barriers: Learning Experiences of Undergraduate Sudanese Students at an Australian University. International Journal of Higher Education, 6(2), 121-132, Toronto, Canada, Sciedu Press, DOI: 10.5430/ijhe.v6n2p121.
  • Hodgkinson, T., Gately, N., McCue, J., Shuhad, A., Corrado, RR., Andresen, MA., (2017), Fear of Crime in an Island Paradise: Examining the Generalizability of Key Theoretical Constructs in the Maldivian Context. International Criminal Justice Review, 27(2), 108-125, Georgia State University, Sage Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1057567717698013.
  • Gately, N., Ferguson, C., Ellis, S., Cock, R., (2017), The Prisoners Review Board of Western Australia: What Do the Public Know about Parole?. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 28(3), 293-310, Sydney, NSW, Sydney Institute of Criminology.
  • Gately, N., Ellis, S., Morris, R., (2016), Drug Use Monitoring in Australia: An expansion into the Pilbara. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, 504(1), 1-13.
  • Goggin, LS., Gately, N., Bridle, RI., (2015), Novel psychoactive substance and other drug use by young adults in Western Australia. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 47(2), 140-148, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02791072.2015.1031413.
  • Gately, N., Fleming, J., McGinty, N., Scott, A., (2014), The 'oldest tricks in the book' do not work! Reports of burglary by DUMA detainees in Western Australia. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, 489(2014), 1-8.


  • Gately, N., Ellis, S., Morris, R., (2016), Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA): An expansion into the Pilbara, Western Australia. National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund, 61, , Canberra, Australian Capital Terrority, National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Young People Who Fireset In Western Australia: Peer Group Influences And Impulsiveness Trump Consequences
  • Master of Criminal Justice,  Psychostimulants And Western Australian Detainees: A Social Profile
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