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I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2019 having been employed previously as a Probation Officer. I have worked in both the National Probation Service and in a Community Rehabilitation Company which has given me experience with a variety of offender groups. My professional experience included all aspects of community supervision, parole and resettlement, risk management, Court work and delivery of both accredited and non-accredited programmes. I have a particular interest in working with women within the Criminal Justice System and have worked in the design and delivery of female-specific interventions within Probation-led women's centres in locations across Hampshire. I hold a BSc. (Hons) Psychology from the University of Surrey, Roehampton and BA (Hons) Community Justice (Dip. Probation Studies) from the University of Portsmouth. I completed my Masters of Research in Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of Portsmouth, where I am also studying for my PhD. 

Teaching Responsibilities

I am Module Coordinator for the Level 6 Treatment & Rehabilitation of Offenders module. I also teach on a number of campus-based modules including Gender & Crime, Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection at Level 6 and Rehabilitation and Desistance at Level 7. I also teach on a number of Level 4 campus-based modules. I previously taught on the Community Justice Learning framework, for trainee probation officers. 

I am Deputy Course Leader for the BSc. (Hons) Criminology & Criminal Justice degree and I am the SCCJ Course Liaison Tutor for the Criminology based  Masters of Research awards. 


Research Interests

My main research interests are:

  • Women in the Criminal Justice System
  • Gender Responsivity & Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Probation Practice 
  • Rehabilitation & Desistance

I am also working on research utilising XR technology within probation decision-making 

I am currently completing my PhD which is focused upon women’s experiences of whole-system approaches within criminal justice. 

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


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