Professor Smallbone has worked as a prison psychologist before joining Griffith University in 1998. From 2010 to 2014 he was an Australian Research Council Fellow. He recently retired from the University, and is now Professor Emeritus at the Griffith Criminology Institute.
Stephen’s research-practice team has been concerned primarily with understanding and preventing sexual violence and abuse. His publications include the books Situational prevention of child sexual abuse (Criminal Justice Press, 2006), Preventing child sexual abuse: Evidence, policy and practice (Willan, 2008), and Internet child pornography: Causes, investigation and prevention (Praeger, 2012).
Stephen was appointed by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse as an independent expert witness in two of the Commission’s public hearings, and acted as a reviewer for a number of the Commission’s research papers. He has recently returned from a visit to the UK, where the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – the largest public inquiry to be held in Britain - is also examining institutional responses to sexual abuse.