Kate Cashman

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Kate Cashman

Lecturer, School of Law
Lecturer, Policing and Emergency Management, School of Social Sciences

Room 2.11 , Faculty of Law Building and Tasmanian Police Academy

0410 512 089 (phone)

Dr Kate Cashman is a Lecturer in Policing and Emergency Management in the School of Social Sciences and a Lecturer and Trainer in the School of Law, in the College of Arts, Law and Education.

She works primarily with police recruits and police officers who are members of the university’s policing partner organisations.

Kate is also an early career researcher with the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies.


Kate has been a Lecturer at the University of Tasmania since 2009 and has taught in a variety of subjects from first year law units through to final year courses, and more recently, working with police in legal studies, investigative interviewing, and other policing units.  

She is known for being an excellent teacher, with consistently high feedback on her teaching from her students.

In addition to her work at the University of Tasmania, Kate also owns and runs several businesses including a leadership and mindset coaching and speaking consultancy, a yoga studio and a family toothbrush business.

Career summary


  • PhD, University of Tasmania, Australia, 2017. Thesis: Lawyers and DNA: Understanding and Challenging the Evidence
  • B Comm / LLB (1st Class Hones), University of Tasmania, Australia 2008


Professional practice

Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society Tas Chapter

Administrative expertise

Kate is Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Social Science (Policing Practices) degree.


Teaching expertise

Kate has teaching expertise in the following subjects:

  • Law for Police Officers
  • Forensic Studies
  • Introduction to Law
  • Evidence Law
  • Investigative Interviewing

Teaching responsibility

View more on Dr Kate Cashman in WARP


Kate uses applied research within the criminal justice space to advance our understanding of how criminal justice professionals (police officers, lawyers, forensic sciences) can be better trained, better support those who are vulnerable in the community and work better alongside others within the justice system.

She focuses predominantly on qualitative research methodologies and partners with policing and front-line organisations to better train police officers, students of forensic studies and other professionals who engage with the criminal justice system in order to make a difference to the lives of all members of society, including vulnerable populations.  

Kate is a member of the STOP Violence network, a group of multi-disciplinary researchers from the social sciences, law, social work, criminology and psychology, in collective efforts with services, government and communities to support everyone to live a life that is free from violence.

See also (Research tab)  

Areas of expertise:

  • Investigative interviewing
  • Teaching police officers about law
  • Forensic studies

Fields of Research

  • Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment (441001)
  • Public law (480799)
  • Criminal law (480401)
  • Causes and prevention of crime (440201)
  • Crime policy (440702)
  • Public administration (440708)
  • Mental health services (420313)
  • Organisational behaviour (350710)
  • Health services and systems (420399)
  • Social change (441004)
  • Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation (440202)

Research Objectives

  • Criminal justice (230403)
  • Justice and the law (230499)
  • Law enforcement (230404)
  • Families and family services (230107)
  • Violence and abuse services (230114)
  • Crime prevention (230402)
  • Pacific Peoples community services (210999)
  • Mental health (200409)
  • Rehabilitation and correctional services (230408)
  • Workplace safety (230506)
  • Evaluation of health and support services (200299)
  • Women's and maternal health (200509)
  • Expanding knowledge in human society (280123)


Total publications


Journal Article

(3 outputs)
2021Spiranovic C, Hudson N, Winter R, Stanford S, Norris K, et al., 'Navigating risk and protective factors for family violence during and after the COVID-19 perfect storm'', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 33, (1) pp. 5-18. ISSN 1034-5329 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10345329.2020.1849933 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

Co-authors: Spiranovic C; Hudson N; Winter R; Stanford S; Norris K; Bartkowiak-Theron I


2012Cashman K, Henning T, 'Lawyers and DNA: Issues in understanding and challenging the evidence', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 24, (1) pp. 69-83. ISSN 1034-5329 (2012) [Refereed Article]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Henning T


2010Prichard JP, Matthews AJ, Bruno RB, Rayment K, James HM, 'Detouring Civil Liberties? Drug-Driving Laws in Australia', Griffith Law Review, 19, (2) pp. 330-349. ISSN 1038-3441 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10383441.2010.10854679 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3

Co-authors: Prichard JP; Matthews AJ; Bruno RB; James HM


Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
2012Cashman K, Julian R, Kelty S, Henning T, 'Lawyers and DNA: Understanding and challenging the evidence', 21st International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences, 23-27 September 2012, Hotel Grand Chancellor, pp. 326. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Julian R; Kelty S; Henning T

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
2009Prichard JP, Matthews AJ, Julian RD, Bruno RB, Rayment K, et al., 'Review of the Road Safety (Alcohol and Drugs) Amendment Act 2005', Tasmania Police, 1 (2009) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Prichard JP; Matthews AJ; Julian RD; Bruno RB; Mason RL

Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
2012Cashman K, 'How Lawyers Handle DNA Evidence', The Science Show, ABC Radio National, Online, 20 October 2012 (2012) [Media Interview]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Sexual violence in southern Tasmania (2021)$42,124
The project will conduct the first Tasmanian study of its kind focusing on giving diverse communities in Tasmania a voice on what they see as the scale, nature, barriers to seeking help and solutions to sexual violence.
Sexual Assault Support Services ($42,124)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Spiranovic CA; Winter RE; Cashman K; Norris K; Stanford SN; Bartkowiak-Theron IMF; Hudson CE

Research Supervision




PhDPublic and Community Sector Leadership: An evaluation of current practices and recommend models for optimal strategic and operational success2021