Claire Nee joined the Department in 1996 from the Home Office Research and Statistics Directorate. She is the Director of the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology which encompasses her own work and that of 15 other members of staff within the Department (Alethea Adair-Stantiall, Lucy Akehurst, Ryan Fitzgerald, Ana Gheorghiu, Alistair Harvey, Lorraine Hope, Sharon Leal, Samantha Mann, Brian McKenzie, Adrian Needs, James Ost, Dominic Pearson, Yvonne Shell, Zarah Vernham and Aldert Vrij); several postgraduates; and a number of high-profile external members from across the globe. It brings together considerable departmental expertise in detecting deception, child witnesses, investigative interviewing, offending behaviour, eye-witness memory and false memory syndrome with other external collaborators of world renowned reputation. Claire is Associate Editor of Psychology, Crime and Law and the International Criminal Justice Review. She was an Associate Editor of Legal and Criminological Psychology from 2007-2011.
Claire's research has included a variety of forensic areas including crime specific research (burglary and car theft); interventions in prisons; criminality in children; personality disorder in female offenders; electronic monitoring of offenders; intensive probation; self-reported offending; and racism and sexism within the police force. Her current research projects include decision-making in burglars, stigma associated with offending behaviour and reducing risk in very young offenders and vulnerable children. She is currently interested in supervising PhDs regarding the cognition and emotion of burglars in the days leading up to the crime and at the scene of the crime, using multiple methods including simulations (in real environments and using virtual reality), eye-tracking, interviews and experiments.