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Dr James McCue


Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5469
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5406
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO4.234a  

James is the Criminology and Justice Practicum Coordinator, a Lecturer, Researcher, and Higher Degrees Supervisor (Psychology/Criminology) in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current teaching

  • CRI2116 - Health and Welfare after Trauma
  • CRI2202 - Youth Justice
  • PSY3343 - Abnormal Psychology


James has been a lecturer at ECU for the past 15 years. James’ teaching has encompassed a range of areas at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. James is an active researcher working on a number of research projects including: young offenders and youth justice; the minimum age of criminal responsibility, family and domestic violence; and public perceptions of crime related issues. ;He has supervised Honours, Masters and Doctoral students studying fire interests, problems solving courts (e.g. adult and youth drug courts); and rape stereotypes. He favours research that is collaborative and engages industry partners to ensure it is meaningful for practice.

James is also Clinical Psychologist and Forensic Psychologist (registrar). He works in in private practice conducting forensic assessments for court-related matters, such as pre-sentence reports, expert opinion reports, and reports for criminal injuries compensation. James’ practice also includes treatment for disorders such as depression, anxiety, substance use, anger and relationship problems, as well as forensic treatment for violent and sexual offending. James currently uses his academic and clinical experience as a Director on the Patricia Giles Centre Board. He is also a member of the Reference Group for the statutory review of the Victims of Crime Act 1994 (WA).

Professional associations

  • 2008 - Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • 2016 - Member, Patricia Giles Centre Management Committee
  • 2016 - Member, Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
  • 2009 - Member, Australian New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL)

Awards and recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2018 - The School of Arts and Humanities Psychology and Criminology Staff Award
  • 2013 - Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for sustained and outstanding commitment to engaging, authentic and reflective learning practices which develop students as scholars, as professionals and as people ($10,000 award)
  • 2008 - Dean’s Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence, Faculty of Business and Law ECU

Research areas and interests

  • Minimum age of criminal responsibility
  • Vicarious criminal responsibility
  • Youth offending trajectories
  • Offender diversion, assessment and treatment.


  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Edith Cowan University.
  • Doctor of Psychology, Edith Cowan University, 2016.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Gately, N., Ellis, S., McCue, J., Horrigan, A. (2018). 'Tough on crime?’ How information shapes public support for the Children’s Court Drug Court. Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 2(4), 71-83.

Journal Articles

  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • Henry, P., McCue, J. (2009). The experience of nonresidential stepmothers. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 50(3), 185-205.

Research Projects

  • Cyberbullying: Survey, Analysis and Reporting, Department of Justice WA, Tender, 2019 ‑ 2020, $60,566.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Criminal Justice by Research, An examination of self-reported false guilty pleas

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Personalising the process: The children's court drug court in Perth
  • Master of Criminal Justice by Research, Public Perceptions of Child Sex Offenders
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