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About David Keatley

David Keatley is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology in the College of Social Science, and Director of Researchers in Behaviour Sequence Analysis (ReBSA) For more information, please visit: and My research focuses on complex patterns of behaviour in real-world contexts (typically in the areas of investigating criminal behaviours, criminology, risk taking). I use a range of novel methods, such as Behaviour Sequence Analysis, alongside other measures and techniques. As part of this research, I founded the Researchers in Behaviour Sequence Analysis (ReBSA) network. The group has grown to include international researchers and groups, successful external grant bids, publications, conference presentations, workshops, and research students. We are always eager to collaborate on new and exciting projects. Please get in touch with me, or members of ReBSA, if you would like any further information. I am the author of: “Pathways in Crime: An Introduction to Behaviour Sequence Analysis”, which outlines how to use BSA in forensic and crime research. This will be published in 2018, and provide a guide for people (academics and investigators) interested in using BSA in their research and work. For more information about the book, please contact me. Or purchase a copy: I am currently writing a second book, with police officers, offering guidance for police and academics to bridge the gaps between academic research and applied practice. More details coming, soon.

Subject Specialism

Behaviour Sequence Analysis; forensics; crime; criminology; policy


Director of Researchers in Behaviour Sequence Analaysis (Founding member) International Academy of Investigative Psychology (Full Associate Member) British Society for the Psychology of Individual Differences (Founding member)

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Research Interests

  • Behaviour Sequence Analysis

  • Forensic Psychology

  • Criminology

  • Social Psychology

  • Criminal Justice

Research Projects

  • BOOK: Policing Academia — in 2019
  • BOOK: Pathways in Crime: An Introduction to Behaviour Sequence Analysis — in 2018
  • Experimental investigation of the effect of within-game interventions on gambling decision making — in 2016
  • Young People, Gambling, and Gambling-Related Harm Research: Pathways into and out of danger — in 2016
  • Assessing Western Australian’s awareness of causes of binge drinking — in 2014

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations