About Hannah Lena Merdian
Fellow of the Higher Eduaction Academy
Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway University of London
I completed my psychology degrees at the Julius-Maximilian-Universität in Wuerzburg, Germany, and the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Prior to my appointment at Lincoln, I have worked as a counsellor for children and conducted assessments at a sex offender treatment unit.
Together with Prof Derek Perkins (Royal Holloway University of London & West London Mental Health NHS Trust), I am Co-Director of onlinePROTECT [Pathways of Risk and Offender Typologies in the Exploitation of Children through Technology], a research and consultation programme on online child protection. For more details, visit www.onlineprotect.org.uk
I am a founding member of the International Workgroup for Best Practice in the Management of Online Sex Offending (IWG), dedicated to facilitate the development and dissemination of a framework for evidence-led practice in the management of online sex offending behaviour.
I sit on the Board of the International Organisation for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders and on the Research Comittee of the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers.
Senior Lecturer in Clinical and Forensic Psychology
Programme Lead for BSc Psychology with Clinical Psychology
I am the module coordinator for Mental Health and Disorder II (Year 2) and Approaches to Treatment and Therapy (Year 3), as well as co-coordinator of Child Forensic Psychology (MSc). I teach on the MSc modules Basic and Advanced Research Methods. I provide research supervision for students for undergraduate and postgraduate projects, including PhD and DclinPsy supervision.
Office hours: Fridays, 12.30-13.30, or by appointment
child protection matters, with a focus on child sexual exploitation material; psychological assessment and case formulation
Doctor of Philosophy
— University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, 2012
Bachelor of Honours (Social Sciences)
— University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, 2007
HEA Travel Grant
— Higher Education Academy, 2012
External Activities and Consultancy
onlinePROTECT provides training events and consultations for professionals working with online sex offenders and their victims. We also organise a bi-annual conference. More details on onlineprotect.org.uk and #onlinePROTECT