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Biography

I came to the University of Portsmouth in 2000 to complete a MSc in Criminal Justice Studies, followed by a PhD in forensic psychology (awarded in 2006). My thesis was entitled ‘social, cognitive and methodological aspects in earwitness identification’. I have worked in the Department of Psychology since 2001. In addition to working at the University of Portsmouth, I also teach distance-learning students from the Open University.

Teaching Responsibilities

I specialise in distance learning courses and I am currently the course leader for the MSc in Child Forensic Studies and the MSc in Psychology and Learning Disability. I am also supervising MSc and ProfDoc research's students.

I am module coordinator of the following modules:

- Research Project (MSc CFS and MSc PaLD)

- Psychology Project by Distance Learning (MSc PaLD)

- Quantitative, Qualitative and Literature Based Research (MSc PaLD)

 

 

Research Interests

Eyewitness and Earwitness ID and memory

Cognitive bias in decision making

Crimes against children (i.e. neglect, abuse, cybercrime)

Child Sex Offenders

Expert evidence

Communication and Forensic Interviewing of vulnerable children and adults (ASD and Learning Disability)

Secondary trauma, Burn out and/or well being of front line workers

Cybercrime (sex crimes and cyberbullying)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Associate Lecturer, The Open University

1 May 2009 → …

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