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About Hannah Merdian

My research is informed by classical test-theory, and is embedded within the Scientist-Practitioner Model. My research focus in recent years has been on psychological assessment and case formulation, with a specific focus on child protection matters. Together with Prof Derek Perkins and Danielle Kettleborough, I am co-lead 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, please visit 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.

Department Responsibilities

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), and teach on the MSc module 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


  • Doctor of Philosophy — University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, 2012
  • Bachelor of Honours (Social Sciences) — University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, 2007


onlinePROTECT provides training events and consultations for professionals working with online sex offenders and their victims. More details can be found on and #onlinePROTECT

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Research Interests

  • Clinical Psychology

  • Forensic Psychology

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • Interventions for Perpetrators of Online Child Sexual Exploitation — Centre for Expertise in Child Sexual Abuse in 2016
  • Ethics and impact of secondary prevention efforts of child sexual harm. Roundtable Discussion — University of Lincoln in 2016
  • Validation of the Pathways Model for the Assessment and Treatment of Users of Child Sexual Exploitation Material: A Feasibility Study — University of Lincoln in 2016
  • What motivates and facilitates offences related to child sexual exploitation material? (PI Danielle Kettleborough) — National Organisation for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers in 2015
  • Assessing the Validity of, and the ability to fake both the Explicit and Implicit Sexual Interests Profile (EISIP) and the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) (PI Aislinn Herlihy) — Association for the Treatment for Sexual Abusers in 2015
  • Assessing the Implicit Beliefs of Female Sex Offenders (PI Jodie Howarth-Beal) — National Organisation for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers in 2014
  • So what about the stories? Usage of narratives child sexual exploitation material (PI Charlotte Hassett) — Association for the Treatment for Sexual Abusers in 2013
  • Exploring the KONY movement:  A narrative analysis — University of Lincoln UROS Grant in 2012
  • Neuropsychological Assessments of Sexual Interest — Postdoctoral Travel Grant of the British Psychological Society in 2012
  • Exploring Community Attitudes towards Narrative Child Pornography — University of Lincoln College Research Fund in 2012

Research in the Lincoln Repository