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Dr Stephanie Kewley

Dr Stephanie Kewley

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Biography

Dr Stephanie Kewley is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. Prior to this role, Dr Kewley was the Programme Director for the Masters in Criminology at Birmingham City University, teaching on both undergraduate and masters programmes. Dr Kewley’s particular expertise and research interests are in the exploration and application of strengths based approaches for those working with clients with a sexual offending history. Dr Kewley is due to publish a book with Prof Tony Ward in 2019 called: Preventing Sexual Harm: Positive Criminology and Sexual Abuse and an edited collection with Dr Charlotte Barlow called "Preventing Sexual Violence" and has published several peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters in relation to strengths based approaches, desistance theories, risk assessment and risk management planning processes.

Dr Kewley is currently leading on a number of research projects including:
1) An evaluation of a risk and strengths based assessment and management tool used by the police to manage people with sexual offences
2) An evaluation of the use of dramatherapy with people recovering from substance use
3) An evaluation of the effectiveness of an Integrated Offender Management Scheme for people convicted of sexual offending

Degrees

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

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer 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

Publications

Highlighted publications

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

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

Journal article

Robinson-Edwards S, Kewley S. 2018. Faith-Based Intervention: Prison, Prayer, and Perseverance Religions, 4 :130-130 >DOI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 >Link

Chapters

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

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

Editorial/letter to the editor

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

Book

Kewley S, Ward T. Preventing Sexual Harm: Positive Criminology and Sexual Abuse Routledge

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

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 28/08/2018

How well do police assessors determine the risk and need of Registered Sexual Offenders?, British Society of Criminology Conference 2018, Birmingham, UK, Oral presentation 03/07/2018

Female Sexual Offender Risk and Needs Assessment (ARMS), The Management of Sexual Offenders & Violent Offenders Conference 2017, Cumbria UK, Oral presentation 27/09/2017

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 27/09/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Professional Activity:

Contribution to Police (Public Protection Directorate) Development events

Research Grants Awarded:

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

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 (£): 2500, Duration of research project: 1 year