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    Dr Ross Bartels

    Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader

    School of Psychology
    College of Social Science

    About Ross Bartels

    I gained my BSc in Psychology from Staffordshire University, where I formed my research interest in forensic psychology. I went on to receive my MSc in Forensic Psychology from the University of Kent, where I then stayed for a further year as a Research Assistant (researching distorted cognition and evaluating an offender resettlement programme). Following this, I gained my PhD at the University of Birmingham. My doctoral research involved investigating distorted cognition, deviant sexual interests, and sexual fantasies in forensic and community populations using a cognitive framework. This included developing a theoretical model of deviant sexual thoughts and sexual fantasising. My current research focuses on investigating these issues further.

    Department Responsibilities

    Teaching role: Module coordinator for the Context and Practice module (MSc Forensic Psychology); Module coordinator for the Forensic Mental Heath module (Year 2); Research Skills 2 supervisor; Research supervisor for final year undergraduates and thesis supervisor for MSc Forensic Psychology students; Personal tutor for undergraduate students;

    Admin: Induction Coordinator; Lead editor of the FCRG webpage (

    Subject Specialism

    Forensic psychology; Sexual offenders; Deviant sexual interests; Sexual fantasies; Distorted cognition


    • PhD in Forensic Psychology — University of Birmingham, 2013
    • MSc in Forensic Psychology — University of Kent, 2008
    • BSc in Psychology — Staffordshire University, 2007


    • BPS International Conference Symposium Scheme — British Psychological Society, 2015
    • College Research Fund “Public and stakeholder engagement event: Problematic Gambling & deviant — University of Lincoln, 2014
    • College Research Fund “Exploring new methods of assessing sexual interests ” — University of Lincoln, 2013
    • Poster Prize — British Psychological Association, 2012
    • Graduate Research Award — Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, 2012

    Professional Affiliations

    • British Psychological Society — BPS and DFP Member
    • European Association of Psychology and Law — Full Member
    • National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers — Individual Member
    • Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers — Research Member

    Research Interests

    Research Group Memberships

    Research Projects

    • Exploring new methods of assessing sexual interests — Awarded £1,290 by College Research Fund (University of Lincoln) in 2013
    • The Assessment of Deviant Sexual Interests and Fantasies using Indirect Measures — Awarded £5,184 by National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers in 2010

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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