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Dr Rachael Steele

Dr Rachael Steele

Telephone: 0151 231 8720


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

Academic appointments

Programme Manager: BSc Foresnic Psychology and Criminal Justice, Liverpool John Moores University, 2017 - present
Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice, Liverpool John Moores University, 2015 - present
Lecturer in Criminal Justice (sessional), Liverpool John Moores University, 2004 - 2005
Lecturer in Criminology, Liverpool Hope University, 2000 - 2012



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 article

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

Steele R. 2015. How offenders make decisions: Evidence of rationality British Journal of Community Justice, 13 :7-20

Corteen K, Steele RH. A Criminal Injustice System? Sex Offender Suspects and Defendants Liverpool Law Review,


Steele RH, Murray ET, Moorhead JAP. Evaluation of the EFAN project

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Right to a fair trial? Human rights, cognitive bias and the presumption of guilt., Emerging Human Rights in the 21st century: 70 years after the UDHR, Oral presentation 07/12/2018

Teaching research methods: pedagogical techniques to improve student engagement, LJMU Teaching and learning Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation 11/06/2018


Amazing personal tutor award, Student Union

Membership of professional bodies:

Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society

Research Grants Awarded:

Interserve Justice, Evaluation of the Ex Forces Action Network Project, Ester Ragonese, Emma Murray, Justin Moorhead, Grant value (£): 15000, Duration of research project: 2

Teaching qualification: