Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD Researcher in Forensic Psychology. Prior to beginning my PhD at Lincoln, I have worked as an Assistant Psychologist across secure services, working with individuals with offending histories, mental illness, personality disorder and/or intellectual disabilities.
Supervised by Dr Hannah Merdian (University of Lincoln), Dr Amanda Roberts (University of Lincoln), and Prof Derek Perkins (West London Mental Health NHS Trust) my research is looking at individuals who engage in online sex offences against minors, specifically those that become involved in accessing and/or downloading Child Sexual Exploitation Material (CSEM).
My research has involved the development of the Children, Internet, and Sex Cognitions (CISC) Scale, a measure to assess specifically for the cognitions of CSEM offenders.
I run seminars on the Mental Health and Disorder module (Level 2) and supervise Research Skills 2 groups.
Forensic psychology: sex offending, online offending, child sexual exploitation material
MSc Forensic Psychology
— University of Lincoln, 2013
BSc (Hons) Psychology with Clinical Psychology
— University of Lincoln, 2010
Student Representative on the Members’ Services Committee for the National Organisation of the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA), as well as Student Editor for nextgenforensic, a community blog for the next generation in the field of sexual offending research and treatment. Additionally, I am Social Media Officer for onlinePROTECT (Pathways of Risk and Offender Typologies in the Exploitation of Children through Technology), a comprehensive research and development programme that addresses the safety of children and young people in online and offline environments, by targeting the those who view and produce Child Sexual Exploitation Material (CSEM).
Sexual Offender Research and Practice Group (SOR&P)
What motivates and facilitates offences related to child sexual exploitation material? A comparison with a German sample of “undetected” offenders
— Awarded £723 by National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers in 2015