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Dr David Keatley

David Keatley is the co-founder and Director of ReBSA, co-founder of 'ColdJustice', and a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Murdoch University, Australia. He specialises in the areas of Forensic Psychology, crime, and Behaviour Sequence Analysis. He is particularly interested in applied research, using sequence analysis to understand real-world issues (especially in the areas of crime and law). Dr Keatley regularly consults with Detectives and Cold Case Task Forces on a number of current and cold criminal cases around the world, and is available for consultancy. Dr Keatley also gives public talks on areas including: criminal investigation, body language, and lie detection.


He started his career at the University of Nottingham, UK, on an ESRC funded PhD studentship. His PhD was on the effects of impulsive, automatic processes across a range of health and interpersonal behaviours (e.g., gambling, economics, addictions, and relationships). After receiving his PhD in 2012, he held a Lectureship at Edge Hill University, as well as a Postdoctoral Researcher position at Curtin University, Australia, studying public perceptions regarding the effectiveness of alcohol pricing policies. He was then offered a Lectureship in Forensic Psychology at University of Lincoln, and was promoted to Senior Lectureship after only 1 year. He has worldwide collaborations and links with academics and law enforcement groups. His research is published in international, peer-reviewed journals, and presented at international conferences.

Most recently, he has published a book on his research and the methods he uses: 'Pathways in Crime: an introduction to behaviour sequence analysis' (Palgrave Macmillan)


For more information please visit David Keatley's personal webpage: David Keatley


Selected Publications (For a full list, please click HERE)

Keatley, D. A.  & Clarke, D. D. (2019). Crime Linkage: Finding a behavioral fingerprint using the 'Path Similarity Metric'. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology

Keatley, D. A., McGurk, S., & Allely, C. (2019). Understanding school shootings with crime script analysis. Deviant Behavior

Keatley, D. A.Arntfield, M., Gill, P., Clare, J., Oatley, G., Bouhana, N., & Clarke, D. D. (2019). Behaviour Tracking: using geospatial and sequence analysis to map crime. Security Journal.

Keatley, D. A., Marono, A., & Clarke, D. D. (2018). Unmaking a murderer: behaviour sequence analysis of false confessions. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.

Keatley, D. A., Golightly, H., Shephard, R., Yaksic, E., & Reid, S. (2018). Using behaviour sequence analysis to map the life history of serial killers. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Ellis, H. E., Clarke, D. D.Keatley, D. A. (2017). Perceptions of behaviours in stranger rape cases: a sequence analysis approach. Journal of Sexual Aggression.

Marono, A., Clarke, D. D., Navarro, J.Keatley, D. A. (2017). A sequence analysis of nonverbal behaviour and deception. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.

Taylor, O., Keatley, D. A.& Clarke, D. D. (2017). A behaviour sequence analysis of perceptions of alcohol-related violence surrounding drinking establishmentsJournal of Interpersonal Violence

Keatley, D. A.Barsky, A., & Clarke, D. D. (2017). Driving under the influence of alcohol: A sequence analysis approach. Psychology, Crime and Law.

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