My primary research expertise: (i) Forensic Psychology: specifically, police investigative interviewing; interrogative suggestibility; compliance and false confessions, and (ii) Developmental Psychology: the effects of attachment, contextual risk factors and stress-sensitivity on the development of suggestibility, compliance and psychopathology; and (iii) quantitative research methods – statistical modelling (regression, factor analysis, structural equation modelling and longitudinal data analysis especially).

Alongside academic activities, I have acted as a consultant for police forces and miscarriage of justice organisations. Additional professional involvements include ad hoc peer reviewing and editorial board duties.

  • BSc (Hons), Psychology, University of Leicester
  • DPhil, Psychology, University of Leicester

Areas of Expertise

  • Police investigative interviewing
  • Identifying and assessing psychological vulnerability
  • Interrogative suggestibility and false confessions
  • Developmental psychopathology (attachment; vulnerability and resilience)
  • Statistical modelling

Publications

  1. & Investigating gender differences in the factor structure of the Gudjonsson Compliance Scale. Legal and Criminological Psychology
  2. & A national study into temperament as a critical susceptibility factor for reported false confessions amongst adolescents. Personality and Individual Differences 111, 220-226.
  3. & An investigation into the interplay between the reported witnessing and experiencing of physical violence within the home, the death of a parent or sibling, latent stress-sensitivity levels, and reported false confessions in males. Personality and Individual Differences 88, 114-119.
  4. & Gender differences in the interplay between exposure to trauma and parental disturbances within the home, stress-sensitivity and reported false confessions in adolescents.. Personality and Individual Differences 87, 282-287.
  5. & An investigation into the relationship between the reported experience of negative life events, trait stress-sensitivity and false confessions among further education students in Iceland. Personality and Individual Differences: Special Issue: Young Researcher Award 2014 81, 135-140.

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Teaching

  • PS-M61 Introduction to Forensic Psychology

    This module provides an introduction to forensic psychology with a primary focus on those perpetrating crime, and the processes associated with detecting, managing and treating those who offend. The module follows a `journey¿ from an individual¿s birth, examining critical issues for understanding and responding to offending behavior.

  • PSY212 Development Across the Lifespan

    The first half of the module will explore age related changes in cognitive and moral development from early infancy to late adolescence. It will also consider the other major changes that occur in adolescence including social, biological, and neurological changes and how this might impact on normative development in this sensitive period. The second half will deal with health ageing in comparison to age-related disorders such as mild cognitive impairment and dementia. These issues will be considered in terms of brain anatomy and function as well as the effect on the individual and society. Current methods in ageing and developmental research will also be discussed.

  • PSY302 Development Across the Lifespan

    The first half of the module will explore age related changes in cognitive and moral development from early infancy to late adolescence. It will also consider the other major changes that occur in adolescence including social, biological, and neurological changes and how this might impact on normative development in this sensitive period. The second half will deal with health ageing in comparison to age-related disorders such as mild cognitive impairment and dementia. These issues will be considered in terms of brain anatomy and function as well as the effect on the individual and society. Current methods in ageing and developmental research will also be discussed.

  • PSY319 Final Year Independent Research Project

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. The research topic is decided in conjunction with supervisors and Research topics. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • PSY320 Dissertation

    This optional module provides students with the opportunity to conduct an extended literature review to discover what is currently known about an interesting, but less well known, area of psychology that is not taught as part of the psychology curriculum in Level 5 or 6. Students work independently, guided by their dissertation supervisor, to research a topic of their choice. In recent years students have written dissertations about `political psychology¿, `positive psychology¿ `why people take part in extreme sports¿, `does cannabis use cause schizophrenia¿ and many other diverse lines of enquiry.

  • PSY325 Independent Research Project - Joint Honours

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society.

  • PSY348 Forensic Developmental Psychopathology

    Forensic developmental psychopathology explores the development of a range of vulnerabilities found frequently within suspects and detainees, with an applied focus on the impact of those mental health issues on performance during police questioning and in Court. The assessment and treatment of such disorders, as well as research methods used, will also be covered in this module. Students will develop an understanding of the psychology of vulnerable suspects; how such vulnerabilities develop, and gain an appreciation of how to manage individuals with complex needs within the applied forensic setting. The module is most suited to students with both clinical and/or forensic aspirations

Supervision

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    Student name:
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    Other supervisor: Prof Jason Davies

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2012 2015 Lecturer in Psychology London
2011 2012 Academic Support Tutor Brunel
2011 2012 Visiting Research Associate London

External Responsibilities

  • Ad hoc advisor to consultant expert witnesses, Centre for Forensic Neuroscience Ltd.

    2011 - Present

  • Editorial Board Member, Personality and Individual Differences

    2010 - Present

  • Ad hoc police training workshop facilitator/speaker on the topic, police interviews and the interviewing of vulnerable suspects.

    2009 - Present

  • Consultant, the Innocence Project, New York, and PAFAA (People against False

    2007 - 2008

  • Academic peer reviewing, Applied Cognitive Psychology

    2006 - Present

  • Academic peer reviewing, Children and Youth Services Review

    2006 - Present

  • Academic peer reviewing, Early Childhood Research Quarterly

    2006 - Present

  • Academic peer reviewing, British Journal of Psychology

    2006 - Present

  • Academic peer reviewing, Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology

    2006 - Present

  • Academic peer reviewing, Legal and Criminological Psychology

    2006 - Present

  • Academic peer reviewing, Personality and Individual Differences

    2006 - Present

  • Academic peer reviewing, Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

    2006 - Present

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Head of Year 1 - Department of Psychology

    2016 - Present

  • Head of Year 2 - Department of Psychology

    2016 - Present

  • Member - Athena Swan

    2016 - Present