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About David Dawson

I have two broad research interests across clinical, behavioural and forensic psychology domains. Clinically, I have a general interest in the development and application of broad psychological theories which place significant emphasis on the prediction and influence of psychological events; I am therefore interested in researching third-wave behavioural therapies, therapy component and outcome analyses, implicit cognition, and the application and development of Relational Frame Theory (a modern behavioural account of language and cognition). Within the forensic domain, my research has tended to focus on sexual offending and sexual abuse; I am interested in the impact of sexual offending on victims and perpetrators, female sexual offenders, and developing coherent models of problematic sexual behaviour. More recently I have become interested in the sexual behaviour (e.g. pornography use, internet dating, risky sexual behaviour) of non-clinical populations and investigating the broader conceptual implications of these phenomena.

Department Responsibilities

I am a Research Tutor for the Trent (Lincoln and Nottingham Universities) Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme (DClinPsy) where I supervise numerous doctoral theses and clinically-related research projects. I also coordinate research modules on the DClinPsy programme and undertake teaching within those and other clinically-relevant modules.

Subject Specialism

Clinical Psychology; Behavioural Medicine; Applied Clinical Research

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Research Interests

  • Clinical Psychology

  • Behavioural Medicine

  • Applied Clinical Research

Research in the Lincoln Repository