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Dr Kelty is an applied psychologist and management academic with a background in project and program development and research within health and criminal justice. Her program work includes the development, evaluation and assessment of prison based rehabilitation programs for adult men and women offenders; rehabilitation programs for male offenders with mild cognitive impairment; and the development and validation of psychological test batteries for use in offender risk assessments and in the recruitment of law enforcement and criminal justice personnel. Sally worked for over five years in the Western Australian Department of Justice in both the Offender Programs Branch (program development and one-on-one parole release planning with men and women offenders in prison) and for Community Corrections as a Senior Parole Officer (pre-sentence and parole release reports for high-risk offenders and one-on-one violence intervention with offenders on parole). 

      More recently Dr Kelty has worked with policing and legal agencies to develop a critical decision model to assess the effective and ineffective use of forensic science and forensic evidence in serious criminal investigations. Her critical decision model won her a national award from the National Institute of Forensic Science and recognition from the Australian and New Zealand Policing Advisory board.

Dr Kelty is active in industry engagement and works collaboratively with justice agencies and disability providers to assist them to develop sound and rigorous internal evaluation systems and checklists to monitor the validity of agencies program in terms of process and outputs.       

Education/Academic qualification

Murdoch University

External positions

Adjunct Researcher, University of Tasmania

31 Dec 201531 Dec 2017

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Projects 2016 2017

Research Output 2009 2019

A law enforcement intelligence framework for use in predictive DNA phenotyping

SCUDDER, N., ROBERTSON, J., KELTY, S., WALSH, S. & McNevin, D., 29 Jan 2019, In : Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. p. 1-4 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Law Enforcement
Government Regulation

Challenges in Policing Cyberstalking: A Critique of the Stalking Risk Profile in the Context of Online Relationships

O'Shea, B., Julian, R., Prichard, J. & KELTY, S., 2019, Online Othering: Exploring Digital Violence and Discrimination on the Web. Lumsden, K. & Harmer, E. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 331-353 23 p. (Palgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity).

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

technological change
risk assessment

Policy and regulatory implications of the new frontier of forensic genomics: Direct-to-consumer genetic data and genealogy records

SCUDDER, N., MCNEVIN, D., KELTY, S., Funk, C., WALSH, S. & ROBERTSON, J., 2019, In : Current Issues in Criminal Justice. p. 1-23 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

genetic test
law enforcement
1 Citation (Scopus)

Crowdsourced and crowdfunded: the future of forensic DNA?

SCUDDER, N., ROBERTSON, J., KELTY, S., WALSH, S. & MCNEVIN, D., 7 Jul 2018, In : Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Genealogy and Heraldry
Forensic Genetics