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Dr Rachael Steele

Dr Rachael Steele


Dr Rachael Steele is a Senior lecturer in Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University. She is currently the module leader on the Psychology, Crime and Law module, and teaches on other modules such as research methods.
Rachael spent fifteen years within the Probation Service working with staff and offenders in various capacities, carrying out applied research into subjects as diverse as desistance and impact of cognitive behavioural interventions of reoffending. Research interests centre around best practice within Criminal Justice with a range of populations, and how rehabilitation and assisted desistance can be achieved within custody and the community.
Rachael's thesis centred around how offenders make the decision to offend, and whether these decisions are planned or display rationality or are more impulsive and spontaneous.


2011, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, PhD Offender Decision Making
1998, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MSc Psychology of Human Potential
1996, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology



Steele RH. 2017. A history of criminal statistics Turner J, Taylor P, Morley S, Corteen K. A Companion to Crime and Criminal Justice History Policy Press

Steele RH. 2016. Offenders, harm and risk assessment Corteen K, Morley S, Taylor P, Turner J. A companion to crime, harm and victimisation Policy Press. Bristol, UK

Journal Articles

Steele RH. 2016. How offenders make decisions British Journal of Community Justice, 3

Engagement & Impact

Teaching qualification:

Title of qualification gained: FHEA