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Dr Joanne Richards

Teaching Fellow




My PhD explored how the criminal justice system responds to the needs of people with autism spectrum disorder. Prior to working at Portsmouth I have worked in psychiatric facilities, and special education, predominantly working with those with ASD / communication problems and challneging behaviour.

In the voluntary sector I have worked as an approrpiate adult and witness support.



Witness interviews

The role of the appropriate adult

Understanding the police caution


I have taught on several modules including;

Understanding criminology, Questioning criminology, Crimes of the powerful, Criminal Justice, Psychology for criminologists, Pyshcology and justice, Researching Criminology, Skills for criminologists. 

I have also been involved in a variety of distance learning courses under graduate and postgraduate.

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