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Associate Professor Pamela Henry

Associate Professor

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5415
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO4.204  

Pam is the Director of the Sellenger Centre for Research in Law, Justice and Social Change.  She is also the Postgraduate Coordinator for the Criminology Courses, lectures and researches in the Criminology and Justice discipline.


Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Current teaching

  • CRI2115 - Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • CRI2201 - Critical Aspects of Policing
  • LAW4130 - Innocence Project


Associate Professor Pamela Henry (PhD) is the Director of the Sellenger Centre for Research in Law, Justice and Social Change. Associate Professor Henry’s academic career has given her widespread experience in project and personnel management. Over the last 10 years, she has acted as Chief Investigator in numerous large-scale projects. Her research typically applies a mixed method approach.

In her early career, Associate Professor Henry engaged in research considering the wellbeing of parents and children experiencing family separation and/or divorce, the experience of stepmothers, and the experience of fathering during incarceration. She also engaged in commissioned research focused on the mental health and well-being of fly-in-fly out workers, and other occupational groups such as construction workers and veterinarians.

During her mid-career, she re-launched the Sellenger Centre which engages in research to provide an evidence base to guide the transformation of policing, legal and social systems.

Her role as the Director of the Sellenger Centre has seen her develop an extensive body of research in policing focused on integrity, use of information management systems, human source recruitment and management, use of force, policing those experiencing mental illness, and other programs of research examining the effectiveness of police operational deployment models.

Professional associations

  • Director, Crime Stoppers Western Australia
  • Chair of Board of Directors, Crime Stoppers Western Australia

Awards and recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2018 - The School of Arts and Humanities Psychology and Criminology Staff Award

Research areas and interests

  • Policing those experiencing mental illness
  • Mental Health Courts
  • Police officer mental health and wellbeing
  • Police use of force
  • Police ethics and integrity
  • Policing responses to family and domestic violence
  • Police operational deployment models


  • BACHELOR OF ARTS (HONOURS), Edith Cowan University.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University.
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours, Edith Cowan University.


Recent Research Grants

  • An Evaluation of the Ethical Leadership Program: A Constable Care and Primary Ethics Initiative 2020-2021,  Constable Care Child Safety Foundation Inc,  Constable Care - Grant,  2020 - 2021,  $422,471.
  • Validity of Use of Force Training,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2016 - 2021,  $36,098.
  • Prevalence of crime and anti-social behaviour and perceptions of community safety in the City of Cockburn,  City of Cockburn,  Grant,  2020 - 2021,  $24,701.
  • Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) evaluation in Acacia Prison,  Lotterywest,  Grant,  2018 - 2020,  $10,000.
  • Operation Turning Point,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2016 - 2019,  $9,394.
  • Operation Communique,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2016 - 2018,  $10,987.
  • Sellenger Centre Criminal Justice Review Project,  Law Society of WA,  Grant,  2014 - 2015,  $50,000.
  • One Life WA Suicide Prevention Strategy,  Centrecare (Inc),  Grant - WA Suicide Prevention Strategy,  2011 - 2014,  $1,000,000.
  • Evaluation of Indigenous Justice Programs,  Attorney-General - Commonwealth,  Grant,  2010 - 2013,  $336,000.
  • Fly in Fly out Worker Supports,  Lifeline WA,  Grant,  2013,  $30,439.
  • Criminal Justice Review Project,  Law Society of WA,  Grant,  2010 - 2013,  $182,351.
  • Misuse of the information management system by Public Servants employed within WA Police,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2010 - 2012,  $9,091.
  • Evaluation of FRC Prison Based Program,  Centrecare (Inc),  Grant,  2010 - 2012,  $61,510.
  • Drug Use Monitoring of Australia DUMA (Phase II),  Australian Institute of Criminology,  Grant,  2009 - 2012,  $528,000.
  • Problem Gambling in CALD Communities,  Centrecare (Inc),  Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $48,873.
  • Str8 Talk'n,  City of Gosnells,  NCCPP - Grant,  2008 - 2011,  $96,784.
  • Post Separation Family Project,  Centrecare (Inc),  Grant,  2009 - 2010,  $28,000.
  • Contract to Investigate Mechanisms and Costs Associated with Establishing a Sustainable Road Trauma Support Service in Western Australia,  Department of Health WA,  Grant,  2010,  $35,000.
  • Age of First Cannabis Use,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2009,  $11,685.
  • Blueline Evaluation,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2009,  $9,091.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Henry, P., Rajakaruna, N., Crous, C., Buckley, J., (2020), Key attributes of an effective human source handler: Implications for handler selection and training. The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, 93(4), 290-309, DOI: 10.1177/0032258X19862589.
  • Rajakaruna, N., Henry, P., Scott, A., (2019), Misuse of police information systems: Predicting perceived likelihood of misuse among unsworn police employees. Policing (Oxford): a journal of policy and practice, 2019(Article in press), 1-15, DOI: 10.1093/police/paz034.
  • Tudor-Owen, J., Scott, A., Henry, P., Stratton, G., (2019), Perceptions of exonerees in Australia. Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 26(2), 206-218, Oxon, UK, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2018.1491015.
  • Weissofner, N., Henry, P., Scott, A., (2017), A preliminary examination of the effect of Operation Turning Point Western Australia: An evidence based policing strategy. Police Science: Australia and New Zealand Journal of Evidence Based Policing, 2(1), 30-35, Melbourne, Victoria, Emergency Media.
  • Rajakaruna, N., Henry, P., Cutler, A., Fairman, G., (2017), Ensuring the validity of police use of force training. Police Practice and Research: an international journal, 18(5), 507-521, Oxon, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2016.1268959.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Criminal Justice,  Mid West- Gascoyne district police officers' experience with the cannabis infringement notice scheme

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Exploring the experience of separation in Australia: Perspectives from formerly married and cohabiting parents
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Prisoner, prison and situational characteristics and their relationship with the prevalence, incidence and type of prison offending recorded by a sample of prisoners within Western Australian prisons
  • Master of Criminal Justice by Research,  Can a procedural justice approach to enforcement reduce low level speeding?

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Written plans and self-evaluations in investigative interviews with witnesses
  • Master of Criminal Justice by Research,  Perceptions of stalking: The influence of perpetrator mental disorder diagnosis, target-perpetrator gender, and perpetrator persistence
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