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Professor of Forensic Psychology, Middlesex University

As Director of Forensic Psychological Services at Middlesex University, Joanna works closely with practitioners and those who are involved in implementing criminal and civil justice. She has conducted research and evaluation in the public, private and voluntary sectors, alongside colleagues in the school of Health and Education and the School of Law. Together, they have delivered work that is useful, impactful and underpinned by academic rigour. Professor Adler currently teaches on programmes that run across the two Schools, where she enjoys facilitating students' journeys into becoming ethical, reflective, scientist practitioners.

Broadly, Professor Adler's interests relate to how the criminal justice system works and the ramifications of criminal justice within society.

Main Research Interests

Offending Behaviour Interventions
Management of Young People who have Offended
Young People's Online Experiences
Perceptions of Crime
Internet Hate Crime
Extreme Violent Behaviours
Criminal Justice Decision Making
Community and Neighbourhood Safety

Joanna is the founder of the Forensic Psychology Research Group and Director of Forensic Psychological Services (FPS), within the School of Science and Technology at Middlesex University. FPS has facilitated greater inter disciplinary work across the University with a focus on justice related research and evaluation. Projects have included collaborations with the SPRC (Social Policy Research Centre) and with the CCRC (Crime and Conflict Research Centre); both centres are part of the School of Law. Current work is most usually conducted with CATS (The Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies) which sits in both the School of Law and School of Science and Technology.


  • –present
    Professor of Forensic Psychology, Middlesex University


  • 1997 
    University of Kent, PhD Psychology
  • 1993 
    Cambridge University, MPhil Criminology
  • 1992 
    Lancaster University, BSc Psychology

Professional Memberships

  • British Psychological Society
  • Health and Care Professions Council