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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, as well as examining the public's perceptions/attitudes of offenders and non-offending paedophiles.

Department Responsibilities

Programme Leader (BSc Psychology with Forensic Psychology). Module coordinator for 'Understanding Criminal Behaviour' (MSc in Forensic Psychology module) Module coordinator for 'Understanding Offending Behaviour' (BSc Psychology with Forensic Psychology Level 2 module) Research Skills 2 supervisor Dissertation supervisor for final year undergraduates and thesis supervisor for MRes and MSc Forensic Psychology students PhD supervision (2 current; 1 finished) Personal tutor for undergraduate students Induction/Welcome Week and Getting Started Coordinator for Psychology

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,
  • College Research Fund “Public and stakeholder engagement event: Problematic Gambling & deviant — University of Lincoln,
  • College Research Fund “Exploring new methods of assessing sexual interests ” — University of Lincoln,
  • Poster Prize — British Psychological Association,
  • Graduate Research Award — Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers,

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Research Interests

  • Deviant sexual interests

  • Distorted cognition

  • Forensic Psychology

  • Sexual offenders

  • Attitudes towards sex offenders and non-offending paedophiles

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • Exploring new methods of assessing sexual interests — awarded £1290 by College Research Fund (University of Lincoln) in 2013
  • The Assessment of Deviant Sexual Interests and Fantasies using Indirect Measures — awarded £5184 by National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers in 2010

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Degree Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader - BSc Psychology with Forensic Psychology — 2017 to Present

Module Responsibilities

  • Module coordinator - Understanding Criminal Behaviour (MSc in Forensic Psychology) — 2013 to Present
  • Module coordinator - Understanding Offending Behaviour (BSc Psychology with Forensic Psychology - Level 2) — 2013 to Present
  • Supervisor - Research Skills 2 (Level 2) — 2013 to Present
  • Supervisor - Dissertation (Level 3) — 2013 to Present
  • Supervisor - Thesis (MSc in Forensic Psychology) — 2013 to Present

Professional Affiliations