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    University of Lincoln
    Brayford Pool
    LN6 7TS
    United Kingdom

    Dr Hannah Lena Merdian

    Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader

    School of Psychology
    College of Social Science

    About Hannah Lena Merdian

    Chartered Psychologist
    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

    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.

    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), 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

    Subject Specialism

    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

    Professional Affiliations

    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 and #onlinePROTECT

    Research Interests

    Research Group Memberships

    Research Projects

    • Ethics and impact of secondary prevention efforts of child sexual harm. Roundtable Discussion — Awarded £2,888 by 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 — Awarded £37,488 by University of Lincoln in 2016
    • What motivates and facilitates offences related to child sexual exploitation material? (PI Danielle Kettleborough) — Awarded £723 by 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) — Awarded £400 by 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

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