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Dr Dominic Pearson

Senior Lecturer

Dominic Pearson
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Biography

I am a chartered and registered Forensic Psychologist, and Fellow of the British Psychological Society.  I apply my practitioner background and academic training to researching and developing correctional work with offenders, particularly offender rehabilitation and management.

Prior to my appointment at the University of Portsmouth, I worked for 12 years with the National Probation Service in North-East England.  I trained under Chartered supervision, facilitating programmes and working with high-risk offenders in the community.  Later I progressed to lead a small team of trainees and psychology assistants in using research evidence to address organisational goals (what works in reducing reoffending). 

I obtained my PhD in criminological psychology at the University of York in 2012.  My thesis focussed on the application and development of an artificial neural network with offender risk assessment data.  Twelve years prior to this I completed my Masters in Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester, having done my Batchelor’s degree at the same institution.

Teaching Responsibilities

I am Course Leader for the Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology, and for the Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Psychology Practice.  I also teach on the MSc Forensic Psychology course modules 'Theory into Practice' and 'Assessment & Interventions with Offenders', and the undergraduate forensic psychology modules 'Psychology of Offending Behaviour', 'Introduction to Forensic Psychology', and 'Forensic Psychology in Context'.  I supervise dissertations at BSc, MSc, PsyD, and PhD levels.

Research Interests

Programmes for Reducing Re-offending: Evaluating clinical and outcome change of domestic abuse perpetrators referred for treatment - with Ms Amy Ford at Portsmouth City Council.

Rehabilitative Custodial Environments:  Evaluating the impact of the national roll-out of custodial management systems (prisoner self-service technology) in public sector ‘reform prisons’ – with Professor Cynthia McDougall at the University of York.

High-risk Offender Management: Evaluating the contribution of behavioural monitoring to the management of high-risk offenders in the open prison estate - with Mr Gary Goodley at HMP North Sea Camp.

I am a member of the International Corrections & Prisons Association and of the University’s International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology.

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