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Director of Graduate Education and Principal Lecturer in Psychology, University of Huddersfield

My research interests lie in two areas. My main research profile is in criminal psychology, particularly centred on the study of deviant sexual practices and the expression of aggression. I head up a research interest group in Sex, Violence, and Aggression, under the umbrella of Psychological Research, but with members across the university and associate members world-wide.

Complementary to this research stream, I am interested in the psychology of culture, including music and folk tales. These two topics come together in a variety of unexpected ways, and providing a breadth of research opportunities and contacts, and inform teaching and research supervision.

I am currently Director of Graduate Education for the School of Human and Health Sciences. I joined the University of Huddersfield as Divisional Head of Psychology and Counselling in 2005, having previously been Head of the School of Psychology at the University of the West of England, and senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Teesside.


  • 2005–present
    Principal Lecturer, University of Huddersfield


  • 1991 
    Univeristy of Teesside, PhD


  • 2015
    Female Aggression,
  • 2014
    Criminological and Forensic Psychology,
  • 2012
    ‘The Maids, Mother and “The Other One” of the Discworld: Exploring the magical aspect of Terry Pratchett's Witches. ’. , Magic and the Supernatural
  • 2008
    Understanding Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology,

Professional Memberships

  • Chartered Psychologist
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Assocaite Fellow of the British Psychological Society