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EventsJune 2024On June 10th – 11th Martine visited Barcelona as part of the launch of a new child investigative interviewer training program for professionals working in the Barnahus locations in Catalonia, Spain.
NewsMay 2024Dr Natalie Martschuk is the proud recipient of the Nina Westera post-doctoral fellowship commencing 31st May 2024.
NewsFebruary 2024Congratulations to Hamida Zekiroski who had her PhD conferred on 28th February. Dr Zekiroski’s thesis (Evaluation of a New Training Program Designed to Enhance Open-Ended Question Usage Among Generalist Police) was supervised by Prof Martine Powell, Dr Sonja Brubacher and Dr Kate van Doore.
NewsFebruary 2024A/Prof Gunn Astrid Baugerud from OsloMet University visited the Centre to continue collaborative work on AI-based avatars for interviewer training. Gunn Astrid is pictured here with one of the Centre’s industry partner collaborators – Detective Inspector Glen Donaldson from Queensland Police Service.
NewsDecember 2023Mohammed Mussa Ali attended his PhD graduation ceremony.
NewsJuly 2023Francisco Garcia attended his PhD graduation, along with Martine and his Chilean family.
NewsJune 2023Dr Emily Denne (left), pictured here with Natalie Martschuk and Martine Powell, is visiting the Centre from Arizona State University. Emily is conducting research on the grooming of children for sexual abuse as part of a Griffith University Postdoctoral Fellowship.
EventsJune 2023Natalie Martschuk gave a talk at the Emerging Challenges in Management of Sexual Assault Trials conference at the Monash Law Chambers entitled ‘Legal Professionals’ Perspectives on Best Practice Cross-examination of Child Witnesses’.
NewsFebruary 2023Two international PhD candidates visited the Centre this month. Katie Winks (USA) and Adriana Arellano (Mexico) visited to make connections, observe the Centre’s activities, and develop a roadmap for future research and training collaborations. Here they are on a wildlife sanctuary outing along with other international visitors to the Griffith Criminology Institute.
NewsDecember 2022Pictured is Centre Director, Martine Powell, in Norway with esteemed colleagues who are collaborating on the development of a digital child avatar.
Events, NewsDecember 2022On Tuesday 6th, Martine Powell presented a keynote address at the 1st Annual Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Avatars for Investigative Interviews, Possibilities, Challenges and Lessons Learned Conference in Oslo, Norway.
NewsJuly 2022After 2 years of rescheduling her graduation ceremony due to COVID, Maddie’s PhD is now official!
NewsJuly 2022The Centre was a Partner Affiliate for the 7th Annual Conference of the Australian Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Pacifica Congress).
NewsJuly 2022Natalie Martschuk was awarded a Griffith University New Researcher Grant for her project Developing a framework to improve cross-examination of child witnesses.
NewsJune 2022Martine Powell is featured at 197/3640 on the Top Psychology Scientists rankings published by
NewsApril 2022Melanie Lawrie submitted her PhD thesis, Factors That Underlie Success in Child Witness Interviewing Training.
NewsMarch 2022Francisco Garcia submitted his PhD thesis, Techniques to Elicit Disclosure of Child Sexual Abuse in Investigative Interviews.
NewsFebruary 2022Jhalak Sharma Sapkota commenced his PhD on Preventing and Combating Trafficking of Nepalese Women and Adolescent Girls to the Gulf States for Labour Exploitation through Comprehensive Legal Reform in Nepal in collaboration with the Centre.
NewsFebruary 2022Joyce van der Mark-previously member of Dutch Police- arrived from Netherlands to commence her PhD research on investigative interviewing of adult sexual assault victims.
NewsFebruary 2022Jack Staniland commencing PhD research (in collaboration with criminologist Professor Susanne Karstedt and Associate Professor of Law Nandor Knust) on the topic of investigative interviewing during investigations of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Events, NewsJuly 2021The Centre’s Director Prof Martine Powell has been awarded the Pro Vice Chancellor’s 2021 Research Leadership Award for the Faculty of Arts, Education and Law. 
NewsMay 2021Congratulations to Dr. Sonja Brubacher for receiving the 2021 American Psychological Foundation’s Division 37 Diane J. Willis Early Career Award! The Div. 37 Willis award is given to talented young psychologist’s making contributions toward informing, advocating for, and improving the mental health and well-being of children and families, particularly through policy. Dr. Brubacher is an […]
NewsMarch 2021Martine Powell and Sonja Brubacher have been awarded a 3-year Australian Research Council Linkage grant, in partnership with Territory Families, to develop a framework for adapting child interview protocols in complex cases.
NewsJanuary 2021Martine Powell is an international partner investigator on a grant awarded by the Norwegian Research Council (approx. $1.88 million AUD). The project, led by Gunn Astrid Baugerud at Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway) involves the creation of an artificial avatar for use in interviewer training.
NewsFebruary 2019Madeleine Bearman was in Adelaide to present on interview training as a solution, at the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? Measures to Assist Vulnerable Parties in the Justice System workshop for Adelaide University Law School Litigation Unit & the South Australia Law Reform Institute (SALRI).
NewsNovember 2019Griffith University released a strategic plan to halve carbon emissions by 2030.
NewsOctober 2019Martine Powell was awarded the 2019 APS Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science Award from the Australian Psychological Society.
EventsAugust 2019Madeleine Bearman was awarded a PhD for her thesis on interviewing adults with limited expressive language.
NewsAugust 2019Two new executives joined the CII: Centre Manager (Liz Henshaw) and Training Coordinator (Maddie Bearman)
EventsJuly 2019Martine Powell was a panel member in “Raise your kids to raise their voice”, hosted by Aus & NZ Assoc for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Griffith Criminology Institute.
NewsJune 2019Dr Chelsea Leach joined the CII and Griffith Criminology Institute as an Adjunct Research Fellow, collaborating on research involving young offenders.
EventsMay 2019The Centre completed its first ‘train the trainer’ course with learner trainers from University of Tasmania and Griffith University.
NewsMay 2019To mark the 2nd anniversary of the passing of Dr Nina Westera (Centre member) a bushwalk was held in her memory.
NewsApril 2019Martine Powell (in association with Tasmania Police and Geoffrey Wright) created a film on best-practice interviewing of an alleged murderer.
NewsApril 2019The Centre (in collaboration with the QLD Police Service) were awarded funding by the Australian Institute of Criminology for research aimed at reducing internet child exploitation material.
NewsApril 2019Dirkje Gerryts was awarded the Nina Westera Scholarship to conduct PhD research on police interviewing of adult victims of domestic violence.
NewsMarch 2019Martine Powell met with General Director Héctor Espinosa, and National Chief against Sexual Offenses Héctor González Aranguiz, about the Chile PDI’s experience with video-recorded investigative interviews.
NewsMarch 2019Martine Powell visited the Ministerio de Justicia y derechos Humanos En Argentina to discuss research on human trafficking.
EventsMarch 2019Martine Powell delivered a talk at Chile PDI (investigative police)’s National Headquarters for Sexual Crimes.

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