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Dr Michelle McManus


Dr. Michelle McManus is the Subject Head of Criminal Justice, within the School of Justice Studies. Previously, she was the National Research Lead for Public Health and Policing (Public Health Wales) leading the evaluation team within the £6.87m Police Transformation Funded (PTF) programme: Early Action Together (Police and Partners ACEs). This involved the creation and delivery a multi-method, multi-site, evaluation approach to transform policing and criminal justice in Wales to break the generational crime cycle and improving lives.

She was previously a Senior Lecturer with the University of Central Lancashire and was seconded to Lancashire Constabulary for 2 years as their Academic Lead for the Evidenced Based Research Hub. She received a certificate from DCC Sunita Gamblin for Outstanding Contribution to Evidence Based Policing.

She has published a range of journal articles with a focus on multli-agency working, decision making, vulnerability and violence prevention, along with characteristics and patterns of offending within offence types such as serious sexual offences, domestic abuse and serious organised crime.

Michelle completed her PhD in 2012 exploring risk factors for child sexual abuse within indecent image of children offending. Her doctoral research assisted with the creation of KIRAT (Kent Internet Risk Assessment Tool), a risk management/intelligence tool for use by the police to assess the risk of contact abuse in those individuals accessing indecent images of children. This was rolled out for national use by CEOP in 2012 to all UK police forces.


2012, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, PhD
2009, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, MSc Investigative & Forensic Psychology
2008, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice

Academic appointments

Subject Head in Criminal Justice, School of Justice Studies, 2019 - present


Journal article

Almond L, Matin E, McManus M. 2019. Predicting the Criminal Records of Male-on-Female UK Homicide Offenders From Crime Scene Behaviors JOURNAL OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE, DOI Author Url Public Url

Shorrock S, McManus MA, Kirby S. 2019. Investigating the Characteristics of Vulnerable Referrals Made to a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub POLICING-A JOURNAL OF POLICY AND PRACTICE, 13 :201-212 DOI Author Url

Almond L, McManus M, Curtis G. 2019. Can the offence behaviours of stranger rapists discriminate between UK and non-UK nationals Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 11 :67-76 DOI

Kirby S, McManus M, Boulton L. 2018. Examining the demographic profile and attitudes of citizens, in areas where organized crime groups proliferate TRENDS IN ORGANIZED CRIME, 21 :172-188 DOI Author Url

Almond L, McManus M, Bal A, O’Brien F, Rainbow L, Webb M. 2018. Assisting the Investigation of Stranger Rapes: Predicting the Criminal Record of U.K. Stranger Rapists From Their Crime Scene Behaviors Journal of Interpersonal Violence, DOI Author Url

Almond L, Pell C, McManus M. 2018. Body Part Removal: A Thematic Exploration of U.K. Homicide Offenses Journal of Interpersonal Violence, DOI Author Url

Coleman R, Almond L, McManus M. 2018. Do female offenders differ? Comparing the criminal histories of serious violent perpetrators with a control sample JOURNAL OF INVESTIGATIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND OFFENDER PROFILING, 15 :3-19 DOI Author Url

Almond L, McManus MA, Giles S, Houston E. 2017. Female Sex Offenders: An Analysis of Crime Scene Behaviors JOURNAL OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE, 32 :3839-3860 DOI Author Url

Almond L, McManus MA, Chatterton H. 2017. Internet Facilitated Rape: A Multivariate Model of Offense Behavior Journal of Interpersonal Violence, DOI Author Url

Birdsall N, Kirby S, McManus M. 2017. Police–victim engagement in building a victim empowerment approach to intimate partner violence cases Police Practice and Research, 18 :75-86 DOI

Almond L, McManus M, Brian D, Merrington DP. 2017. Exploration of the risk factors contained within the UK’s existing domestic abuse risk assessment tool (DASH): do these risk factors have individual predictive validity regarding recidivism? Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 9 :58-68 DOI

McManus MA, Almond L, Cubbon B, Boulton L, Mears I. 2016. Exploring the Online Communicative Themes of Child Sex Offenders JOURNAL OF INVESTIGATIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND OFFENDER PROFILING, 13 :166-179 DOI Author Url

Power N, Mcmanus MA, Lynch R, Bonworth J. 2016. Fear of crime on the rail networks: Perceptions of the UK public and British Transport Police Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 18 :91-104 DOI

Almond L, McManus MA, Worsley J, Gregory P. 2015. Cold Case Reviews of Serious Sexual Offenders: An Exploration of Pre- and Post-Index Offending Patterns JOURNAL OF FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE, 15 :205-225 DOI Author Url

McManus MA, Long ML, Alison L, Almond L. 2015. Factors associated with contact child sexual abuse in a sample of indecent image offenders JOURNAL OF SEXUAL AGGRESSION, 21 :368-384 DOI Author Url

McManus MA, Almond L. 2014. Trends of indecent images of children and child sexual offences between 2005/2006 and 2012/2013 within the United Kingdom JOURNAL OF SEXUAL AGGRESSION, 20 :142-155 DOI Author Url

Almond L, McManus MA, Ward L. 2014. Male-on- Male Sexual Assaults: An Analysis of Crime Scene Actions JOURNAL OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE, 29 :1279-1296 DOI Author Url

McManus MA, Hargreaves P, Rainbow L, Alison LJ. 2013. Paraphilias: Definition, diagnosis and treatment F1000Prime Reports, 5 DOI Author Url

Long ML, Alison LA, McManus MA. 2013. Child Pornography and Likelihood of Contact Abuse: A Comparison Between Contact Child Sexual Offenders and Noncontact Offenders SEXUAL ABUSE-A JOURNAL OF RESEARCH AND TREATMENT, 25 :370-395 DOI Author Url

Ramessur-Williams J, Newbury A, McManus MA, Rivers SA. Benefits of delivering Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) training to police: An individual perspective Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being, 4 :32-32 DOI


McManus M, Long ML, Alison L. 2011. Child pornography offenders: Towards an evidenced-based approach to prioritizing the investigation of indecent image offences Professionalizing Offender Profiling: Forensic and Investigative Psychology in Practice :178-188 9780415668781 DOI

Browne KD, Mcmanus M. 2010. Adolescents with Intellectual Disability and Family Sexual Abuse Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Offenders with Intellectual Disabilities: A Handbook :47-67 9780470058398 DOI