Katherine McLachlan is a Lecturer in Law and Criminal Justice at the University of South Australia. She is currently establishing the Bachelor of Criminal Justice (Online).
Katherine has a Research Masters in Law, examining the responses of South Australia Police to women who had been raped. She also has an Honours degree in Psychology from UniSA, where she researched the prediction of violent recidivism by speaking with offenders in Yatala Labor Prison and Adelaide Community Corrections.
Katherine has held lead policy and project roles in the SA Attorney-General’s Department, SA Health (forensic mental health), South Australia Police (State Intelligence Branch, Major Crime Investigation Branch and what is now the Special Crime Investigation Branch), Child Protection, Department for Correctional Services, Equal Opportunity Commission and SA Parliament. She was the Sexual Assault Research Analyst at the Australian Institute of Criminology in Canberra, and the Projects and Research Manager for the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), a not-for-profit organisation in Canberra. Most recently she has held the position of Quality and Research Manager at Victim Support Service, a not-for-profit organisation that supports victims of crime.
Katherine is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia. She has been a member of the Parole Board of South Australia since 2015.