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Dr Wayne Petherick

Level 4, Building 1a, Faculty of Society & Design, Bond University

Professional biography

Wayne is currently Associate Professor of Criminology in the Faculty of Society & Design. Wayne teaches in the areas of Alcohol, Drugs, and Crime, Criminal Profiling, Applied Crime Analysis, Criminal Motivations, Crime and Deviance, Forensic Victimology, and Forensic Criminology.

Wayne is author, editor, or coeditor of three textbooks including Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues in Behavioural Profiling, now in its second edition, Forensic Victimology, and Forensic Criminology. These works are published by Elsevier Science, the oldest publisher in the world, who also published Galileo.

His research areas of interest include criminal profiling, with his doctoral thesis Criminal Profiling: A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Methods and Content examining criminal profiles to better understand the nature of logic employed and the types of characteristics offered by the different approaches. Other areas include stalking, where he is developing a Response-Outcome model to better understand the response style of victims of stalking and how this may perpetuate the cycle of harassment. In other work, Wayne is also working on the relationship between self esteem, personality disorder, crime, and criminal (and victim) motivations.

In addition to his teaching and research work, Dr. Petherick also works on a variety of cases including homicides, threat and risk cases, and stalking.

Teaching expertise

Wayne teaches in the areas of Criminal Profiling, Behavioural Evidence Analysis, Criminal Motivations, Forensic Criminology, Forensic Victimology and Alcohol, Drugs and Crime.

Teaching awards

  • 2007 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Teacher of the Year
  • 2007 Carrick Citation for Teaching Excellence Nomination
  • 2005 Faculty Teaching Excellence Award Nomination
  • 2003 Student Council Teaching Excellence Award Nomination
  • 2007 Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2008 Vice Chancellor's Quality Award Outstanding Service Academic Staff



  • Master of Criminology, Bond University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Bond University
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), Queensland University of Technology