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Forensic Psychology Research Group

Broadening our understanding of responses to and causes of conflict and crime

The Forensic Psychology Research Group has four key strategic aims:

  • To develop wide ranging national and international collaborations
  • To publish in high quality peer reviewed journals
  • To develop and conduct research which has application to the real world and has a positive impact
  • To develop postgraduate students in this research area

Research interests/areas of expertise

  • Intimate partner abuse
  • Suicide risk
  • Improving short and long term outcomes for victims and survivors of abuse
  • Survivors of child sexual abuse
  • Stalking and harassment
  • Digital abuse

Researcher: Jennifer McLaughlin

  • Precursors of criminal behaviour e.g. attachment, ADHD
  • Eyewitness memory/testimony
  • Case study analysis
  • Arson
  • Non-verbal communication

Researcher: Sue Palmer-Conn

  • Attitudes towards crime and punishment
  • Terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • Abuse and violence awareness and prevention

Researcher: Marek Palasinski

  • Personality models and measures
  • Psychometrics
  • Emotional intelligence

Researcher: David McIllroy

Current projects

  • The association between intimate partner abuse and digital abuse (PI)
  • The impact of new coercive control legislation (PI)

Researcher: Jennifer McLaughlin

  • The association between intimate partner abuse and digital abuse
  • Developing a new tool for non-verbal communication
  • PhD project on ADHD in youth offending and the prison population

Researcher: Sue Palmer-Conn

  • Terrorism and responses to critical incidences
  • Cyber security
  • Factors that predict attacks in Afghanistan
  • Effectiveness of anti-knife messages

Researcher: Marek Palasinski

Papers in preparation

  • The relationship between intimate partner abuse and suicidality
  • Understanding the association between intimate partner abuse and suicide risk within the Integrated Motivational-Volitional Model of Suicidal Behaviour
  • Perceptions of and responses to intimate partner abuse

Researcher: Jennifer McLaughlin

Teaching and learning

The group teach on Forensic Psychology, Social Cognition, Developmental and Social Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences, Psychology of Abnormal Behaviour, and supervise final year dissertations in their areas of interest. The group are also always happy to consider research proposals from students wishing to undertake a PhD in this area. Please get in touch with staff directly.


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8 papers found

  • Between a rock and a hard place of geopolitically sensitive threats – critical incidents and decision inertia

    Alison L, Palasinski M, Waring S, Humphrey A, Humann M and Shortland N and Bowman Grieve L

    Publish date:2017

  • Factors behind support for harsher punishments for common and uncommon offenders

    Palasinski M and Shortland N

    Publish date:2017

  • Policing people with sexual convictions using strengths-based approaches

    Kewley S

    Publish date:2017

  • Response of students to statement bank feedback: the impact of assessment literacy on performances in summative tasks

    Denton P and McIlroy D

    Publish date:2017

  • Restoring identity: The use of religion as a mechanism to transition between an identity of sexual offending to a non-offending identity

    Kewley S, Larkin M and Harkins L and Beech AR

    Publish date:2017

  • Strength based approaches and protective factors from a criminological perspective

    Kewley S

    Publish date:2017

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