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Miss Leonie Themelidis

Miss Leonie Themelidis

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Leonie is a Research Assistant in the School of Management. She is currently working on 'RDNM: The generation of a best practice Regional Development Network Model' a project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) Innovation Capacity Development Fund. Leonie has over 4 years of experience in data collection and analysis and has recently published her work on sadism in 'Personality and Individual Differences'. While Leonie's background is in Criminology and Psychology her interests are widespread and she is a keen researcher.

Leonie holds a MSc in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology with her dissertation focusing on: 'Creating Evil: Can sadism be induced?', a BSc in Criminology and Psychology and is currently completing a PhD in Criminology on the topic of: 'Female Sexual Offenders through the Criminal Justice lens'.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Dark personality esp. sadistic personality
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Sexual Offences
  • Regional Development
  • Data Analysis

Career Highlights


Leonie's research interests centre around offending behaviour, dark personality traits, personality disorder, child sexual abuse and sexual offences. Her most recent published research focuses on understanding the mechanisms behind sadistic personality traits and whether these traits can be influenced through outside stimuli. Moreover, Leonie is currently researching female sexual offenders, their histories and how they are perceived in the Criminal Justice System. She hopes to contribute to the updating of policy with this research.