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Kay Lancefield

Name: Kay Lancefield
Gippsland Campus, Churchill


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1978
  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Social Psychology, Swinburne Institute of Technology, 1980
  • Master of Psychology (Forensic), Monash University, 1994

PhD topic summary

Early intervention to reduce young peoples' contact with the criminal justice system

This project forms part of the Inner Gippsland Child Youth Area Partnership (IGCYAP) Research collaboration focused on responding to local concerns within place-based frameworks. It aims to identify the key factors related to youth contact with the criminal justice system across their social ecology. Early identification of youth vulnerable to future offending provides the most effective an opportunity to intervene and prevent progression of an offending trajectory

Professional experience

Registered Psychologist, Forensic Psychology endorsement (AHPRA).

Kay has worked in both general practice and the forensic field for some thirty years. Over the past twenty years her work has mainly been in the field of the assessment and treatment of harmful sexual behaviour.

Recent practice has included professional supervision, individual counselling, assessment and treatment of adolescents with harmful sexual behaviours, consultancy work both national and international in the areas of establishment of treatment services, program development and staff training to Government and non Government agencies.


Lancefield, K., Lennings, C. J, Thomson, D (1997) Management style and its effect on prison officers’ stress. International Journal of Stress Management, Vol 4, No 3, 205-219.

Lennings, C. J., Lancefield, K., & Thomson, D. (1998) Management Style and its Effect on Prison Officer’s Stress Reconsidered: The Role of Negative Affectivity. Journal of Applied Social Behaviour, 3, 1-12.

Conference presentations and papers

2018 Crime Prevention and Communities: Translating Evidence into Practice (Melbourne): Youth Crime Prevention Grants Symposium. The IGCYAP: Translating evidence into practice though crime prevention partnerships (K. Lancefield, S. Boddy)

2013 ANZATSA 6th Biennial Conference (Hobart): New Beginnings: Keeping Society Safe through Collaborative Interventions.
Paper In or Out? Placement of youth who have sexually harmed (L, Cox and K, Lancefield)

2005 3rd VOTA Conference: Broadening Perspectives: Bringing the community into risk management, Melbourne, Australia.
Panel Member: Pre-Release and Risk Management in the Community Forum

2004 ANZATSA 3rd Biennial Conference: Sexual Abuse and Sexual Offending: The Whole Picture, Auckland , New Zealand
Paper The Function of Shame in Sexually Abusive Behaviour (K. Lancefield)

2002 ANZAPPL  22nd Annual Congress: Changing Climates: Future Priorities in Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, Darwin, Northern Territory.
Building a Psychological Service in Victorian Community Corrections: Starting from Scratch (K. Lancefield, A. Thomas)

2001 Australian Institute of Criminology: Regional Crime Conference, Townsville, Queensland
The provision of specialist services for adolescents with sexual offending behaviours - A rural context.  What has worked? (H. Makepeace, P. Tidmarsh, K. Lancefield).

2000 Reducing Sex Offender Recidivism: What works? 3rd National Offender Treatment Association Conference, Hobart, Tasmania
MAPPS-Gippsland: Issues in the Provision of Regional Treatment Programs.(J. Pargeter, K. Lancefield)

1999 Sex Offender Programs: Successes, Dilemmas and Innovations, 2nd National Offender Treatment Association Conference, Melbourne Victoria
The Therapeutic Alliance: A forgotten factor? (K. Lancefield)

1997 Managing Sex Offenders in the Community. CORE/VACRO Conference, Melbourne.
Research and Evaluation of Sex Offender Programs: A Cooperative Approach. (K. Lancefield, A. Birgden)


  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society: Member of the College of Forensic Psychologists.
  • Member of Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ANZATSA).
  • Member of Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL).