Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology

Centre research



The Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology strives to be the leader in research that informs practice and policy. The vast range of topics covered by the centre staff is indicative of the centre’s facilitative research culture. As a result, members of the centre team have been the beneficiaries of research funding for new and innovative research.

  • Professor Theresa Gannon has recently secured £563,311 from the Economic and Social Research Council to conduct research on the clinical features and treatments needs of firesetters in prison and secure mental health units. The outcome of this research will be the development of a standardised treatment programme for firesetters, a programme that currently does not exist.
  • Professor Theresa Gannon, Dr Jane Wood, Dr Afroditi Pina, and Dr Eduardo Vasquez were awarded £324, 417 from the Ministry of Justice to evaluate mandated polygraph testing with sexual offenders in the UK. The outcome of this research will be used to decide how sexual offenders in Britain should be supervised in the community, and whether or not polygraph-assisted supervision should be rolled out nationally in the UK.
  • Dr Jane Wood was awarded £101,368 from the Economic and Social Research Council to investigate the influence of state and trait empathy on jurors’ decision-making. The project examined jurors’ judgements of offenders (e.g. responsibility, punishment, and feelings of remorse) before and after group deliberation. The findings of this research could have implications for better practice within court proceedings.

Members of the centre have also received funding from the Kent & Medway Resettlement Programme , Kent Drug and Alcohol Action Team (KDAAT), HM Prison Service, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, and British Academy.



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Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NP

Last Updated: 28/01/2013