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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  


Natalie is the Undergraduate Criminology Courses Coordinator, Honours Coordinator, a Senior Lecturer, Researcher and Higher Degrees Supervisor (Psychology/Criminology) in the School of Arts and Humanities.


Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm

Current teaching

  • CRI2110 - Research Methods II
  • CRI1104 - The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour
  • CRI3212 - Criminology & Justice Capstone
  • LAW4130 - Innocence Project
  • CRI3105 - Community Corrections (Unit coordinator)


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

Natalie is a principal investigator working on a number of research projects including: young offenders and youth justice; the crime/drug nexus; and public perceptions of crime related issues.  She also researches families, such as those with a family member in prison; parents of young offenders; and family structures such as stepfamilies.  She has supervised Honours, Masters and Doctoral students studying arson and firesetting related topics including juvenile arsonists; sex trafficking; domestic violence; drug and alcohol use; the impact on incarceration on families of young Aboriginal offenders; Drug Courts; Youth Drug Courts; and rape stereotypes.  She favours research in collaboration with industry partners for the benefit of the wider community.  Some industry partners have included WA Police, Department of Justice, Mental Health Commission, The Department of Fire and Emergency Services, The Perth Children’s Court, and the former Departments of the Attorney General and Corrective Services and the Drug and Alcohol Office.

Professional associations

  • 2016 - Present State Coroner Western Australia – Coronial Ethics Committee
  • 2018 - Member, ANZAPPL (Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law Inc)
  • 2018 - Member, ANZSOC (Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology)

Awards and recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2018 - The School of Arts and Humanities Learning and Teaching Award
  • 2018 - The School of Arts and Humanities Psychology and Criminology Staff Award
  • 2012 - Faculty of Business and Law, Dean's Award for Achieving a PhD
  • 2006 - The Dean’s Professional and Community Engagement Award

Research areas and interests

  • Young offenders and youth justice
  • Drugs and crime
  • Arson
  • Public perceptions of crime
  • Family Law
  • Families (prisoner families, young offender families)
  • Stepfamilies
  • Student University Experiences


  • 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 - 2021,  $524,592.
  • Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) evaluation in Acacia Prison,  Lotterywest,  Grant,  2018 - 2020,  $10,000.
  • Juvenile Justice Teams Review,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2017,  2017 - 2018,  $6,875.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Legal Aid 'When Separating' Multimedia Research,  Legal Aid WA,  Legal Aid WA Grant,  2014 - 2015,  $9,984.
  • 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.
  • Offenders on Offending,  WA Police ,  Grant,  2014,  $18,177.
  • 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

  • Hollett, R., Gately, N., (2019), Risk intentions following pill test scenarios are predicted by MDMA use history and sensation seeking: A quantitative field study at an Australian music festival. Drug and Alcohol Review, 38(5), 473-481, DOI: 10.1111/dar.12936.
  • 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, Tasmania.
  • Ellis, S., Gately, N., Rogers, S., Horrigan, A., (2018), Give Them a Chance: Public Attitudes to Sentencing Young Offenders in Western Australia. Youth Justice: an international journal, 18(2), 169-187, DOI: 10.1177/1473225418791660.
  • 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., 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., Ellis, S., Morris, R., (2016), Drug Use Monitoring in Australia: An expansion into the Pilbara. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, 2016(504), 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., 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 Territory, 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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