I graduated from Bangor University in 2014 with BSc (hons) Psychology. The modules included: Neuropsychology, Theories of Therapeutic Counselling, Advanced Behavioural Analysis, and Disorders of Social Cognition. My dissertation involved investigating personality effects on imitating behaviour.
In 2015, I graduated from the University of Portsmouth with MSc Forensic Psychology and enrolled onto a PhD course. The Master’s degree qualifies me for Stage 1 chartership in Forensic Psychology. The modules included: Theory into Practice; Foundations of Professional Competence in Forensic Psychology, Assessment and Interventions with Offenders, Investigative Psychology and the Legal Process, Research Methods and Data Analysis with applied value. My dissertation investigated the Model Statement, a tool used for eliciting information and aiding in deception detection. My PhD programme currently involves investigating information elicitation which can enhance diagnostic cues to lie-detection.
I have extensive experience working with offenders who have complex mental health conditions and/or personality disorders. I have worked with Sex Offenders using parts of the Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP), within adult secure units, and have also been employed in the UK’s highest Secure Unit for adolescents. I have experience in Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT), and Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT).
I am a Teaching Fellow within the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS). My units include: Psychology for Criminologists, Crime and Society, Understanding Criminology, Questioning Criminology, Skills for Criminologists, Psychology and Criminal Justice, and Researching Criminology. I also use my applied experience to lecture on Forensic Mental Health within Psychiatric Units.
As a PhD student within the Department of Psychology, I have undertaken the Graduate Students' Professional Development (GPROF) mandatory training. I have interviewed dissertation students on their research projects, and marked on the following units; Introduction into Psychology, Employability Skills, Research Methods, Investigative Psychology, Developmental and Social Psychology. I have also delivered lectures introducing Forensic Psychology, and have held seminars on research methods.
My PhD focuses upon information elicitation techniques which can enhance diagnostic cues to lie-detection. My research interests include risks associated with offending, applying research to practice, deception detection, and understanding mental health.
I am a member of Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC), as well as the British Psychological Society (BPS), and the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP). I am also a member of the Italian Multidisciplinary Institute for Security Management and Antisociality Prevention (MISAP).