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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/expertise

The suicide and self-harm research theme investigates questions such as: Why do people to self-harm? How do heritable traits moderate treatment outcomes? And much more.

> Explore the suicide and self-harm research theme

Our other research interests of the Forensic Psychology Research Group include:

  • 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

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.


Meet the researchers within this group:


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6 papers found

  • Journal article

    Is Extreme in the Eye of the Beholder? An Experimental Assessment of Extremist Cognitions

    Shortland N, Nader E and Thompson L and Palasinski M

    Publish date:22/09/2020

  • Journal article

    Sex tourism, disease migration and COVID-19: Lessons learnt and best practices going forward.

    Hillis A, Leavey C and Kewley S and Van Hout M

    Publish date:31/08/2020

  • Journal article

    Contemporary Transgender Health Experience and Health Situation in Prisons: A Scoping Review of Extant Published Literature (2000-2019)

    Van Hout MC and Kewley S and Hillis A

    Publish date:16/06/2020

  • Journal article

    Perspectives of frontline professionals on Palestinian children living with sibling and parental drug use in the UNRWA camps, Jordan

    Wazaify, M, Abushams, L, Al-Afifi M, Kewley, S, Whitfield M, Quigg Z and McVeigh J and Van Hout M

    Publish date:08/06/2020

  • Journal article

    Prison conditions and standards of health care for women and their children incarcerated in Zimbabwean prisons

    Mhlanga-Gunda R, Kewley S and Chivandikwa N and Van Hout MC

    Publish date:27/05/2020

  • Journal article

    Prison facilities were not built with a woman in mind’: An exploratory multi-stakeholder study on women’s situation in Malawi prisons

    Gadama L, Thakwalakwa C, Mula C, Mhango V, Banda C, Kewley S and Hillis A and Van Hout M-C

    Publish date:27/04/2020

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