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.

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 Interviewing 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)

Teaching Responsibilities

I specialise in distance learning courses and I am currently the course leader for the MSc in Child Forensic Studies. I am also involved in the distance learning MSc programmes and the Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology.

I am module coordinator of the following modules:

- Child Development and Young Offenders (MSc CFS)

- Communication and Interviewing Vulnerable Witnesses (MSc CFS)

- Law and Procedures relating to Children (MSc CFS)

- Research Project (MSc CFS and MSc PaLD)

- Proposal for Professional Research and Development Project (Prof Doc Forensic Psychology)

- Publication and Dissemination (Prof Doc Forensic Psychology)


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