Dr Stephanie Kewley

School of Psychology

Dr Stephanie Kewley is a Reader in Forensic Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. Dr Kewley has worked for over 17 years in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology research, educational, and correctional contexts. The central focus of her work has been to support, advocate and promote, the safe and healthy functioning of marginalised and highly stigmatised populations involved and/or incarcerated by criminal justice structures and systems. Her research engages people within ‘hidden’ populations and aims to explore their unique lived experiences, for example, people in recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction, refugees in the Middle East, women in prison in Sub-Sahara Africa, people with sexually violent criminal convictions, or victims of sexual abuse in the UK. These hidden populations experience multiple disadvantages and have highly complex needs, thus, her work embraces a phenomenological and interpretive approach, helping to profile the issues and needs of vulnerable populations, providing a means to platform their unique experiences through a social psychological lens.
In addition to exploring and profiling some of the challenges marginalised populations face, Dr Kewley examines how strengths-based interventions might support a process of recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration. Rather than fixate on pathologizing people by only examining the causes of crime and/or harmful behaviours, she is interested in how to help people move away from destructive and harmful behaviours and, thus, prevent and reduce future harm.

Degrees

University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, PhD
Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, BA

Academic appointments

Reader in Forensic Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2017 - present
Programme Director MA Criminology, Birmingham City Univeristy, 2015 - 2017
Sessional Lecturer Criminal Justice, Liverpool John Moores Univeristy, 2013 - 2015

Journal article

Chivandikwa N, Gadama L, Thakwalakwa C, Mula C, Mhango V, Banda C, Mhlanga-Gunda R, Kewley S, Van Hout MC. 2020. ‘Theatre of The Oppressed’: Advancing a Human Rights Based Approach to Upholding Health Rights in a Malawian Women’s Prison Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 22 Publisher Url Public Url

Kewley S, Van Hout MC. 2020. "“I’d probably be dead now”: Evaluating the impact of theatre practitioners working on a recovery-based community drama project. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Chivandikwa N, Mhlanga-Gunda R, Mahaso S, Chinokwetu C, Kewley S, Van Hout MC. 2020. Empowering Zimbabwean women prisoners’ right to health and equivalence of care in the prison system, using Forum Theatre. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 22 Public Url

Hillis A, Leavey C, Kewley S, Van Hout M. 2020. Sex tourism, disease migration and COVID-19: Lessons learnt and best practices going forward. Journal of Travel Medicine, DOI Author Url Public Url

Van Hout MC, Kewley S, Hillis A. 2020. Contemporary Transgender Health Experience and Health Situation in Prisons: A Scoping Review of Extant Published Literature (2000-2019) International Journal of Transgenderism, DOI Author Url Public Url

Wazaify, M, Abushams, L, Al-Afifi M, Kewley, S, Whitfield M, Quigg Z, McVeigh J, Van Hout M. 2020. Perspectives of frontline professionals on Palestinian children living with sibling and parental drug use in the UNRWA camps, Jordan International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, DOI Author Url Public Url

Mhlanga-Gunda R, Kewley S, Chivandikwa N, Van Hout MC. 2020. Prison conditions and standards of health care for women and their children incarcerated in Zimbabwean prisons International Journal of Prisoner Health, DOI Author Url Public Url

Gadama L, Thakwalakwa C, Mula C, Mhango V, Banda C, Kewley S, Hillis A, Van Hout M-C. 2020. Prison facilities were not built with a woman in mind’: An exploratory multi-stakeholder study on women’s situation in Malawi prisons International Journal of Prisoner Health, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Kewley S, Robinson-Edwards S, Riley L, Fisher D. 2019. Examining Prisoner Experience of an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Therapeutic Communities: The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities, DOI Public Url

Afifi M, Abushams L, El-Sakka M, Shehada M, Afifi R, Alloush M, Rabee A, Kewley S, Quigg Z, Whitfield M, McVeigh J, Wazaify M, Van Hout M. 2019. Perspectives of frontline professionals on Palestinian children's experiences of parental and sibling drug abuse in the West Bank and Gaza. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Wazaify M, Abushams L, Al-Afifi M, Kewley S, Quigg Z, Whitfield M, McVeigh J, Van Hout MC. 2019. Perspectives of Frontline Professionals on Palestinian Children Living with Sibling and Parental Drug Use in the West Bank and Gaza Strip International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Van Hout MC, Mhlanga-Gunda R, Kewley S. 2019. Using performance and theatre arts in HIV interventions and HIV programming in Sub-Saharan Africa: A scoping review of extant literature. The Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 21 Public Url

Kewley S, Osman S, McGuinness A. 2019. How well do police specialists risk assess Registered Sexual Offenders? Journal of Sexual Aggression, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Kewley S, Leather J. 2019. Assessing drama therapy as an intervention for recovering substance users: A systematic review Journal of Drug Issues, DOI Author Url Public Url

Van Hout MC, Al-Afifi MF, Abushams L, Kewley S, Quigg Z, Whitfield M, McVeigh J, Wazaify M. 2019. Palestinian children's experiences of drug abuse in the home in the Occupied Territories of Palestine: A scoping review of extant literature International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Kewley S. 2019. Changing identities through Staging Recovery: The role of community theatre in the process of recovery The Arts in Psychotherapy, DOI Author Url Public Url

Robinson-Edwards S, Kewley S. 2018. Faith-Based Intervention: Prison, Prayer, and Perseverance Religions, 9 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Kewley S. 2017. Policing Registered Sex Offenders Journal of Forensic Practice, 19 :296-300 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Kewley S, Blandford M. 2017. The development of the active risk management system Journal of Criminal Psychology, 7 :155-167 DOI Public Url

Kewley S. 2017. Policing people with sexual convictions using strengths-based approaches Journal of Criminal Psychology, 7 :168-182 DOI Public Url

Kewley S, Larkin M, Harkins L, Beech AR. 2017. Restoring identity: The use of religion as a mechanism to transition between an identity of sexual offending to a non-offending identity Criminology and Criminal Justice, 17 :79-96 DOI Public Url

Kewley S. 2017. Strength based approaches and protective factors from a criminological perspective Aggression and Violent Behavior, 32 :11-18 DOI Author Url Public Url

Kewley S, Beech AR, Harkins L. 2015. Examining the role of faith community groups with sexual offenders: A systematic review Aggression and Violent Behavior, 25 :142-149 DOI Author Url Public Url

Kewley S, Beech A, Harkins L, Bonsall H. 2015. Effective risk management planning for those convicted of sexual offending Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 7 :237-257 DOI Public Url

Kewley S. 2012. Review of the book A Community Based Approach to the Reduction of Sexual Reoffending, by S Hanvey, T Philpot and C Wilson Journal of Sexual Aggression, 18 :249-250 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Kewley S. 2012. A community based approach to the reduction of sexual reoffending. Circles of support and accountability JOURNAL OF SEXUAL AGGRESSION, 18 :249-250 DOI Author Url

Hillis A, Leavey C, Kewley S, Van Hout MC. Sex tourism in an era of globalisation, harm reduction and disease migration: a new conceptual model Tourism Review, DOI Public Url

Book

Kewley S, Pemberton S, Rahman M. 2020. Preventing Sexual Harm: Positive Criminology and Sexual Abuse Routledge Publisher Url

Kewley S, Barlow C. 2020. Preventing Sexual Violence Bristol University Press 978-1529203769 Publisher Url

Report

Acton E, Kewley S. 2020. Review of Integrated Offender Management: Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner

Kewley S. 2020. Three Year Evaluation of a Geese Theatre Project: Staging Recovery

Chapters

Cardoso C, Kewley S. 2020. Improving assessment to prevent recidivism. Kewley S, Barlow C. Preventing Sexual Violence: Problems and Possibilities Policy Press Public Url

Kewley S. 2019. How might faith communities promote desistance from sexual crime? An exploration of theory Winder B, Blagden N, Lievesley R, Hocken K, Banyard P. Sexual Crime and Faith, Religion and Spirituality Palgrave Public Url

Kewley S, Larkin M, Harkins L, Beech A. 2018. Incarcerated Child Sexual Offenders and the Reinvention of Self through Religious and Spiritual Affiliation Kerley KR. Finding freedom in confinement: The role of religion in prison life :366-394 Praeger 9781440850325 Publisher Url Public Url

Kewley S. 2011. Working with Sexual Violence: A Practitioner’s Perspective. Brown J, Walklate S. Handbook of Sexual Violence

Kewley S. 2011. Practitioner commentary: Working with sexual violence Handbook on Sexual Violence :374-382 9780415670722 DOI

Robinson – Edwards S, Kewley S. Forensic Psychology and Rehabilitation Corteen K, Steele R, Cross N, McManus M. Forensic Psychology, Crime and Policing: Key Issue and Practical Debates Bristol University Press

Kewley S, Barlow C. CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND SERIOUS, VIOLENT AND SEXUAL OFFENDING Corteen K, Steele R, Cross N, McManus M. Forensic Psychology and Desistance In Forensic Psychology, Crime and Policing: Key Issue and Practical Debates Bristol University Press

Kewley S, Burke L. Forensic Psychology and Desistance Corteen K, Steele R, Cross N, McManus M. Forensic Psychology, Crime and Policing: Key Issue and Practical Debates Bristol University Press

Editorial/letter to the editor

Kewley S, Bartels RM, Beech AR. 2017. Guest editorial Journal of Criminal Psychology, 7 :153-154 DOI

Conference presentation:

How well do police specialists risk assess registered sexual offenders, New directions in Sexual Offender Practice Conference, Birmingham, UK, Oral presentation. 2020

Building “recovery capital” through community theatre, Global Conference on Addiction and Behavioral Health, London UK, Oral presentation. 2019

An evaluation of police specialist’s assessment and management of Registered Sexual Offenders in the community in England and Wales, 15th Conference of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (IATSO) 2018, Vilnius, Lithuania, Oral presentation. 2018

How well do police assessors determine the risk and need of Registered Sexual Offenders?, British Society of Criminology Conference 2018, Birmingham, UK, Oral presentation. 2018

Active Risk Management System. Developments in the Female and Juvenile version, The Management of Sexual & Violent Offenders: Effective Risk Managment for the Digital Age, Oral presentation. 2017

Female Sexual Offender Risk and Needs Assessment (ARMS), The Management of Sexual Offenders & Violent Offenders Conference 2017, Cumbria UK, Oral presentation. 2017

Assessing the strengths of sexual offenders: How do police officers experience this new approach?, 35th Annual 2016 Research and Treatment ATSA Conference Committee, Florida US, Oral presentation. 2016

Innovative approaches to risk assessment and risk management: Policing sexual offenders, 16th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Munster Germany, Oral presentation. 2016

Religiosity in sex offenders, New directions in Sexual Offender Practice Conference, Birmingham, Oral presentation. 2016

Strengths based approach to risk assessment: Policing people with sexual convictions., International Crime & Policing Conference, London UK, Poster presentation. 2016

Rehabilitation: Managing Offenders in the Community, CrimiKnowledge Conference, Oral presentation. 2016

Exploring Religious and Spiritual Experiences of those Convicted of Sexual Offending, 4th Applied Qualitative Research in Psychology, Derby UK, Oral presentation. 2015

Desistance in Sexual Offending, Desistance Conference, Belfast, Oral presentation. 2015

How Far Do Risk Management Plans Correspond With Sexual Risk Factors and To What Extent Are Support Networks Used To Combat Risk?, National Association of the Treatment of Abusers Annual Conference, Cardiff, Oral presentation. 2013

Conference organisation:

Managing Lifes Hurdles: Providing care and support to people with sexualised histories across the life course, Organiser, https://www.nota.co.uk/training/. 2019

Recovery and the Arts, https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/conferences/recovery-and-the-arts-conference. 2019

Preventing Sexual Violence, Organiser, https://www.bcu.ac.uk/news-events/calendar/preventing-sexual-violence-conference-2016. 2016

Research Grants Awarded:

Global Challenges Research Fund, Understanding and responding to substance use and abuse in the UNRWA Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, Marie-Claire van Hout (PI), Grant value (£): 20,460. 2019

Global Challenges Research Fund, Palestinian children's experiences of sibling and parental drug abuse in the Occupied Territories of Palestine (West Bank, Gaza) and the Palestinian refugee camps of Jordan., Marie-Claire van Hout (PI), Grant value (£): 7,500. 2018

Geese Theatre Company, Evaluation of Community Justice Theatre Interventions, Grant value (£): 10,000, Duration of research project: 3 years. 2017

National Police Chiefs Council and Birmingham City University, The exploration of how a strengths based approach might assist criminal justice practitioners risk assess and manage those convicted of sexual offending, Grant value (£): 2,334, Duration of research project: 1 year. 2016

Membership of professional bodies:

Chair of North West NOTA Branch, National Organisation of the Treatment of Abusers, https://www.nota.co.uk/.

Other Professional Activity:

Contribution to Police (Public Protection Directorate) Development events.

Editorial boards:

Journal of Sexual Aggression, Associate Editor.

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