Department of Psychology

Forensic Psychology

The International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology (ICRFP) has an established international reputation for conducting a broad range of criminological and forensic psychology research. Research in Forensic Psychology has been a cornerstone of the Department of Psychology since 1990 and the Centre now comprises an impressive team of research staff and students. 

Our primary aim is to delivery high quality research in Forensic Psychology at both national and international level. Our work has been funded by: ESRC, Home Office, British Academy, Nuffield Foundation, US Government, Leverhulme Trust, British Psychological Society and Prison Service Headquarters.  Several members of the Centre regularly serve as Expert Witnesses.

Interested in our work? Come and visit us.

Practitioner partner update from the House Of Legal Psychology 2015: Practitioner Newsletter

Watch The Rehabilitation of Offenders: Beyond Punishment, a public lecture by Dr Tony Ward, Victoria University of Wellington  

Research Areas

Research into offender behaviour by the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology
Research into offender behaviour by the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology
10:09 minutes

Intervention with offenders

Innovative ways to predict risk in offending populations; the recovery process in addiction to alcohol and drugs; the development of criminality in young children; social climate as a mediator of adjustment and response to therapeutic interventions in custodial settings;  processes involved in personal change.

Detecting deception
Detecting deception
10:37 minutes

Detecting deception

Verbal and nonverbal detection of deception; polygraph; criteria based content analysis; malingering in medico-legal contexts.

Witness memory and suggestibility
Witness memory and suggestibility
06:27 minutes

Witness memory and suggestibility

Eyewitness testimony; earwitness testimony; eyewitness identification; child witnesses; tools and interventions for improving witness performance; eyewitness metacognition; hindsight bias; memory conformity; false memory

Decision making in the forensic context

Decision making in the forensic context

The thought processes involved in malevolent creativity;  understanding decision-making in security settings such as when attending to airport X-ray footage of CCTV; investigative interviews with vulnerable witnesses and suspects; burglars' decision-making; jury decision-making; contextual influences on homicide; stereotypes and prejudice.

Balancing Risk and Therapeutic Alliance in Offender Rehabilitation

Notes and presentations from the recent conference

Balancing risk schedule

Commentary and Discussion

Presentation 1 Nee Perceptions of Risk

Presentation 2 Allcock Attitudes of practitioners

Presentation 3 MylesWright Sexually Harmful Young People

Presentation 4 Beech Innovative Treatment Approaches

Presentation 5 Evans Ethical Legal Practice

Presentation 6 Gannon Where has psychology gone

Presentation 7 Ward Dynamic risk factors

Forensic Psychology members

Staff Members

Members External to the University

  • Professor Gershon Ben-Shakhar, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Professor Neil Brewer, Flinders University
  • Dr Itiel Dror, Cognitive Consultants International Ltd
  • Professor Ron Fisher, Florida International University
  • Dr Fiona Gabbert, University of Abertay
  • Dr Giogio Ganis, Plymouth University
  • Prof Par-Anders Granhag, University of Gothenburg
  • Dr Maria Hartwig, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Dr Anne Hillstrom, University of Southampton
  • Professor Saul Kassin, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Professor Guenter Koehnken, University of Kiel, Germany
  • Professor Steve Lindsay, University of Victoria, USA
  • Professor Shadd Maruna, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Professor Kathy Pezdek, Claremont Graduate University, USA
  • Professor Tim Perfect, Plymouth University
  • Dr James Sauer, University of Tasmania
  • Dr Leif Stromwall, Gothenburg University, Sweden
  • Dr Volkan Topalli, Georgia State University, USA
  • Professor Graham Towl, University of Durham
  • Professor Tony Ward, Victoria University at Wellington, NZ
  • Professor Dan Wright, Florida International University, USA
  • Professor Richard Wright, UMSL, USA
  • Professor Frans Willem Winkel, Tilburg University, Netherlands