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About Hannah Merdian

I completed my degrees at the University of Wuerzburg (Germany) and Waikato (New Zealand). My research is focused on enhancing professional practice, including psychological assessment and case formulation, with a specific focus on child protection matters. My work is embedded in classical test-theory and the Scientist-Practitioner Model, with a specific interest in the analysis of "real life" data. 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 Research Skills and 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

Subject Specialism

applied psychology, professional practice research, psychological assessment


  • 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 in online child protection. More details can be found on and #onlinePROTECT

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Research Interests

  • Clinical Psychology

  • Forensic Psychology

  • Applied Psychology

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • “Student as Responsible Learner”: Developing a university-wide strategy to tackle Academic Misconduct (PI: Kirsty Miller) — Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute in 2017
  • 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