Professor of Forensic Psychology & Head of the Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit, Nottingham Trent University

I set up the Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit in 2007 to build upon the collaborative relationship between ongoing research within the Psychology Division at NTU and HMP Whatton (the largest sex offender prison in Europe, holding approximately 830 convicted male sex offenders). The unit's primary aim is to conduct and facilitate applied forensic research in the area of sex offending and sexual crime, with the research unit sitting at the juxtaposition between the world of prison and that of academia.

Current research programmes include mixed method evaluations of anti-libidinal medication, pre treatment initiatives, prison and community based Circles of Support and Accountability. Also conducting research exploring religiosity and sexual offenders, peer support programmes, the collecting of sexually explicit materials, personality disorders in sex offenders, challenges for/with transgender prisoners, offenders who target elderly victims, as well as work with non-offending paedophiles and ex-prisoners who are seeking treatment and support to stay offence-free.

The Safer Living Foundation
I am co-founder and trustee of the Safer Living Foundation, a charity set up in 2014 to conduct (and evaluate) initiatives that help to prevent further victims of sexual crime. We are now running prison and community based CoSA and have also started Young People's CoSA. Additionally we are seeking funding to run a regional prevention project in which free treatment and support is offered to individuals concerned they may offend. Please contact me if you are interested.

Further projects include researching child sexual exploitation, and helping institutionalised offenders in the transition from prison to community. Additionally the charity has the goal of setting up accommodation for sex offenders released from custody who would benefit from a 'three quarters' way house.

Experience

  • 2014–present
    Trustee and Co-founder, Safer Living Foundation (registered charity)
  • 2007–present
    Head of Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit, Nottingham Trent University
  • 2015–present
    Professor of Forensic Psychology, Nottingham Trent University

Education

  • 2005 
    University of Sheffield, MEd Teaching and Learning
  • 2000 
    Imperial College, PhD (Psychology)
  • 1993 
    University of Manchester, MSc Research and Advanced Statistics
  • 1989 
    University of Nottingham, BA (Hons) Psychology

Publications

  • 2016
    Mental Health, Religion and Culture. , Religious conversion among high security hospital patients: A qualitative analysis of patients’ accounts and experiences
  • 2016
    Psychology, Crime and Law, ‘ If you’d had my life, you’d have done it too’: a qualitative account of individuals exploring the accounts of men who rape elderly or significantly older women.
  • 2015
    Journal of Professional Forensic Practice, ‘Out of the horse’s mouth’: a qualitative study of staff experiences of working with transgendered sex offenders
  • 2014
    The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, Preliminary evaluation of the use of pharmacological treatment with convicted sexual offenders experiencing high levels of sexual preoccupation, hypersexuality and/or sexual compulsivity
  • 2014
    Archives of Sexual Behavior, , Stumbling into sexual crime: the passive perpetrator in accounts by male internet sex offenders
  • 2014
    Journal of Interpersonal Violence, , Making sense of denial in sexual offenders: a qualitative phenomenological and repertory grid analysis.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Ongoing evaluation of anti-libidinal medication in HMPS
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    National Offender Management Service

Professional Memberships

  • British Psychological Society
  • Division of Forensic Psychology

Research Areas

  • Psychology (1701)
  • Forensic Psychology (170104)