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    Dr David Keatley
    BSc, MSc, PhD

    Senior Lecturer in Criminology

    About me

    In addition to being a Senior Lecturer in Criminology, I have a background in Forensic Psychology. I am also Director of an international research network: Researchers in Behaviour Sequence Analysis (ReBSA) and regularly consult with Law Enforcement Organisations around the world on current and cold cases – specifically in relation to sexual assault, rape, and homicide cases. I am also co-Director of Cold Case Review@, in which we provide expert review of unsolved cases around the world.
    My work and research focuses on complex patterns of (criminal) behaviour in real-world contexts. I typically use Behaviour Sequence Analysis, alongside other methods and techniques to analyse the temporal process of crimes (including interrogation analyses). I am always keen to apply my methods to novel cases, and welcome collaborations from academics and practitioners.

    For more information about me and my work, please visit my personal website: www.davidkeatley.com, and/or read my book: ‘Pathways in Crime’

    Teaching area

    I am the Chair of Crime Science

    I am course coordinator for the following:

    CRM203 – Criminal Behaviour

    CRM301 – Crime Science

    CRM306 – Advanced Criminology

    I also supervise a number of Hons, MSc, and PhD students

    Research areas

    I have been fortunate enough to work with many experts in academia and Law Enforcement  on a range of criminal cases. My research uses a combination of methods (such as Behaviour Sequence Analysis, Crime Script Analysis, Multidimensional scaling, Social Network Analysis, Behaviour Tracking) to understand the temporal processes of different crimes.

    My current research interests are:

    • (Serial) homicide
    • Cold cases
    • Interrogation analysis (statement analysis and NVC)
    • Sexual assault and rape cases
    • Burglary
    However, I am always interested in applying my methods to new cases, and novel areas, so please get in touch if you have any questions.

    Current projects

    My research focuses on a number of applied criminal areas. The broad outline of current projects are given below:

    -Atypical Homicide Profiling (looking for behaivoural patterns in different homicide cases)

    -Behaviour Tracking – a new method of tracking movements through spatio-temporal locations

    -Crime Linkage – using a newly developed ‘Behaviour Fingerprint’ with the Path Similarity Metric.

    -Cold Case Review – using ‘Matrix Sequencing’ to assist with cold case reviews

    Events and speaking engagements

    Interview for 'inside the cold case task force'

    I provide a number of public speaking engagements, including:

    -Body Language/Nonverbal Communication Training (previously presented to audiences around UK an Australia)

    -I regularly present work to local colleges

    -In October 2019 I will be speaking at a number of Cold Case Investigation presentations

    -I have also appeared on a number of Podcasts


    Please contact me directly if you would like to discuss future engagements

    Professional and community service

    I am an international consultant to Law Enforcement Organisations working on current and cold cases. I provide behavioural profiling and interrogation analyses.

    I have worked on cases involving infanticide, rape, and sexual homicide. Please contact me for more information (but note, I will not give details of any cases I am currently or have previously consulted on)

    Doctoral and masters supervisions


    Brendan Chapman – Forensic and Cold Case Investigation



    Cody Raymer – Body disposal locations

    Ryan Longridge – Behaviour Sequence Analysis of BodyWorn Cameras

    Ireneo Sanchez – Fingerprint locations and investigations



    • Quinn-Evans, L., Keatley, D., Arntfield, M., Sheridan, L., (2019), A behaviour sequence analysis of victims accounts of stalking behaviours, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, , , pages -.
    • Keatley, D., McGurk, S., Allely, C., (2019), Understanding school shootings with crime script analysis., Deviant Behavior, Online 29 Mar 2019, , pages -.
    • Keatley, D., Marono, A., Clarke, D., (2018), Unmaking a murderer: Behaviour Sequence Analysis of False Confessions, Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 25, 3, pages 425 - 436.

    Selected Publications (for a full list, please see my personal website)

    Selected Journal Articles:

    • Keatley, D. A. & Clarke, D. D. (2019). Crime Linkage: Finding a behavioral fingerprint using the ‘Path Similarity Metric’. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.
    • Quinn-Evans, L., Keatley, D. A., Arntfield, M., Sheridan, L. (2019). A behaviour sequence analysis of victims’ accounts of stalking behaviours. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
    • Keatley, D. A., Mcgurk, S., Allely, C. S. (2019). Understanding school shootings with crime script analysis. Deviant Behaviour
    • Keatley, D. A., Walters, I., Parke, A., Joyce, T., & Clarke, D. D. (2019). Mapping the pathways between recreational cannabis use and mood disorders: A Behaviour Sequence Analysis approach. Health Promotion Journal of Australia.
    • Smith, N., Barrett, E., Keatley, D. A., Sandal, G., Facer-Childs, J. (accepted). Relations between daily events, coping strategies, and health during a British Army ski expedition across Antarctica. Environment & Behavior
    • Keatley D. A., Parke, A., Townsend, E., Markham, C., & Clarke, D. D. (2019). Young People, Gambling, and Gambling-Related Harm Research: Pathways into and out of danger. Journal of Gambling Issues.
    • Keatley, D. A., Arntfield, M., Gill, P., Clare, J., Oatley, G., Bouhana, N., & Clarke, D. D. (2019). Behaviour Tracking: Using geospatial and behaviour sequence analysis to map crime. Security Journal.
    • Jupe, L. & Keatley, D. A. (accepted). Airport Artificial Intellegence Can Detect Deception – Or am I Lying. Security Journal
    • Knight, S., & Keatley, D. A. (accepted). Comparing the different behavioral outcomes of extremism: A comparison of violent and non-violent extremists, acting alone or as part of a group. The Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression
    • Keatley, D. A., & Cormier, S. (Det.) (accepted). SPECIAL ISSUE: Cold Case Methods. Journal of Criminal Psychology
    • Keatley, D. A., Clarke, D. D.,  Hall, J. (accepted). SPECIAL ISSUE: Advanced methods in crime research. Expert Systems.
    • Denault, V.,… Keatley, D. A.,… et al. (2019). The analysis nonverbal communication: The dangers of pseudoscience in security and justice contexts. Anuario de Psicologia Juridica.


    • 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, DOI: 10.1177/0886260518759655 
    • Keatley, D. A. & Clarke, D. D. (2018, June). Indicator Waves: A new temporal method for measuring multiple behaviours as indicators of future events. Paper presented at the 11th International Conference on Methods and Techniques in Behavioral Research: Measuring Behavior conference (pp 92-95). Manchester, UK.
    • Keatley, D. A., Marono, A., & Clarke, D. D. (2018). Unmaking a murderer: Behaviour Sequence Analysis of False Confessions. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 25, 425-436.
    • Marono, A., Clarke, D. D., Navarro, J., Keatley, D. A. (2018). A sequence analysis of nonverbal communication and deceit in different personality clusters. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 33, 109-117.
    • Parke, A., Griffiths, M., Pattinson, J., & Keatley, D. A. (2018). Age-related physical and psychological vulnerability as pathways to problem gambling in older adults. Journal of Behavioural Addictions, 7, 137-145.


    • Keatley, D. A., Barsky, A., Clarke, D. D. (2017). Driving under the influence of alcohol: A sequence analysis approach. Psychology, Crime, and Law, 23, 135-146.
    • Ellis, H., Clarke, D. D., & Keatley, D. A. (2017). Perceptions of behaviours in stranger rape cases: A sequence analysis approach. The Journal of Sexual Aggression, 23, 328-337. 
    • Marono, A., Clarke, D. D., Navarro, J., Keatley, D. A. (2017). A sequence analysis of nonverbal communication and deceit in different personality clusters. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 24, 730-744. 
    • Taylor, O., Keatley, D. A., Clarke, D. D. (2017). A behaviour sequence analysis of alcohol‐related violence surrounding drinking establishments. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, DOI: 10.1177/0886260517702490 
    • Keatley, D. A., Allom, V., & Mullan, B. (2017). The effects of implicit and explicit self-control on self-reported aggression. Personality and Individual Differences, 107, 154-158.
    • Keatley, D. A., Hardcastle, S. Carragher, N., Chikritzhs, T., Daube, M., Lonsdale, A. & Hagger, M. (2017). Attitudes and beliefs towards alcohol minimum pricing in Western Australia. Health Promotion International, 33, 400-409. 
    • Keatley, D. A., Ferguson, E., Lonsdale, A., & Hagger, M. (2017). Lay understanding of the causes of binge drinking in the United Kingdom and Australia: a network diagram approach. Health Education Research, 32, 33-47.


    • Keatley, D. A. (2018). Pathways in Crime: An Introduction to Behaviour Sequence Analysis. Palgrave Macmillan; London.
    • Keatley, D. A. & Wells, L. (in prep.). Integrating Policing and Academia: Understanding offending behaviour.

    Conference Proceedings

    • Keatley, D. A. & Cormier S. (2019, November). Cold Case Investigation. Oral presentation at Rhode Island University, RI, USA ~presenting alongside Detective Cormier
    • Keatley, D. A. (2019, October). Cold Case Investigation and Academia. Oral presentation at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia.
    • Keatley, D. A. (2018, June). Symposium: Sequence Analysis approaches to discovering hidden temporal patterns in behaviour. In: Measuring Behaviour Conference, 6-8 June, 2018, Manchester, UK.
    • Keatley, D. A. (2018, May). Workshop: Behaviour Sequence Analysis Methods in Psychology. In: British Psychology Society Annual Conference, 3-4 May, 2018, Nottingham, UK.
    • Keatley, D. A. (2017, December). Workshop on behaviour sequence analysis methods. In: University of Western Australia research seminar, 15th December, 2017, Perth, Australia.
    • Keatley, D. A. (2017, October) Workshop: behaviour sequence analysis in Forensic Psychology. In: Homicide Forum Conference ~ FBI and Local Police DepartmentsMeeting, 14-15 October 2017, Boston, MA.
    • Chesworth, L. O., Holden, P., & Keatley, D. A. (2017, July) Tracking terrorist movements through geographical profiling: a Crime Script Analysis study. In: BPS Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, 13-15 June 2017, Bristol.
    • Holden, P., Chesworth, L. O., & Keatley, D. A. (2017, July) A sequence analysis of interactions in male and female rape scenarios. In: BPS Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, 13-15 June 2017, Bristol.
    • Keatley, D. A. (2017, April) Workshop: behaviour sequence analysis in clinical psychology. In: Roundtable to Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST) stakeholdersMeeting, 9 January 2017, Lincoln.
    • Keatley, D. A. (2017, January) Workshop: behaviour sequence analysis in clinical psychology. In: Lincolnshire Clinical Psychologists Meeting, 9 January 2017, Lincoln.
    • Keatley, D. A. & Clarke, D. D. (2016, November). Understanding Patterns of Terrorism. Oral Presentation at the 10th International Society for Terrorism Research Conference, The Hague, the Netherlands.
    • Keatley, D. A. & Clarke, D. D. (2016, November). Understanding Patterns of Action: Sequence Analysis in a Military Context. Oral presentation at the 5th Military Conference, BPS. Basingstoke, UK.
    • Keatley, D. A. (2016, August). Understanding Patterns of Action: A guide to using sequence analysis. Workshop presentation at the BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK.
    • Keatley, D. A. (2016, May). Patterns of offending behaviour: A sequence analysis approach. Oral Presentation at the Division of Forensic Psychology – Northern Ireland Research Symposia Series, Belfast, UK.
    • Keatley, D. A. (2016, April). Sequence analysis of driving under the influence of alcohol. Oral Presentation at the British Society for the Psychology of Individual Differences, Nottingham, UK.
    • Keatley, D. A., Allom, V., & Mullan, B. (2015, December). Impulsivity, aggression, and sequence analyses. Oral Presentation at International Academy of Investigative Psychology Conference, London, UK.