Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology

Meet the team

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For each project we match your needs with a team of experts, knowledgeable in your organisations needs. Depending on the project, teams may consist of one highly specialised expert available for direct consultancy, or a number of experts from various specialised backgrounds working with the help of a number of associates. In order to meet our client goals, we have also developed close ties with experts from other schools in the university, as well as from the greater community.

Professor Theresa A Gannon
Director of the Centre

Psychological characteristics and rehabilitation of offenders (male and female sexual offenders, firesetters), cognitive and social-cognitive explanations of offending.

theresa gannon

Dr Emma Alleyne
Psychological characteristics of street gang membership; socio-cognitive theories and models that help to explain gang membership and criminal behaviour; psychopathology and clinical treatment of firesetters.

Emma Alleyne

Dr Caoilte Ó Ciardha
Cognition in offending behaviour; theories of adult firesetting; treatment needs and the evaluation of treatment for firesetters; indirect methods of assessing offence-supportive cognitions in sexual offenders, firesetters and other offending individuals.

Dr. Caoilte Ã" Ciardha

Dr Afroditi Pina
Coping with sexual harassment; antecedents, emotions, behavioural responses and psychological and practical consequences of womens experiences of sexual harassment; the effects of rape-related beliefs on lay peoples perceptions of victims of rape and appropriate sentencing; the effects of sexual objectification on women.

Dr Eduardo A Vasquez
General aggression and violence. Intergroup aggression, gang-related aggression. Alcohol and aggression; alcohol and intergroup relations.

Eduardo A. Vasquez

Dr Jane Wood
Deputy Director of the Centre
Psychological characteristics of gang members, rehabilitation of prolific offenders, bullying in schools and prisons.

Jane Wood

Dr Nichola Tyler
Psychological characteristics, assessment and treatment of deliberate firesetting/arson; trauma and its impact upon, rehabilitation and recidivism in offenders; treatment evaluation and effectiveness; the role of mental health in offending.

Nichola Tyler

Dr Emma Barrowcliffe
Emma is a Psychology Researcher at the University of Kent. Her PhD research focussed on developing an understanding of the prevalence and characteristics of people in the general population who have engaged in deliberate firesetting, who have never been detected for this (i.e., unidentified firesetters).

Emma Barrowcliffe

Katie Sambrooks
Katie is Research Associate joint funded by the School of Psychology and Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust (KMPT). Katie is currently researching adult perpetrated deliberate firesetting.

Katie Sambrooks


Honorary and affiliated members



Professor Bruce Bartholow
Honorary Professor in Forensic Psychology
Social Cognition, Aggression, Alcohol, Risk-Taking

Professor Gerd Bohner
Honorary Professor in Forensic Psychology
Attitudes, Intergroup Aggression, Rape Myths, Sexual Aggression

Professor Brad Bushman
Honorary Professor in Forensic Psychology
Aggression, Violence Media Effects

Professor Tony Ward
Honorary Professor in Forensic Psychology
Sexual Offending, Human Rights and Offending, Offence Desistance, Offender Cognition

Dr Rebekah Doley
Honorary Lecturer in Forensic Psychology
Firesetting and Arson

Dr Lona Lockerbie
Honorary Lecturer in Forensic Psychology
Female Offenders, Mental Disorder

Dr Troy McEwan
Honorary Lecturer in Forensic Psychology
Stalking, Risk Assessment, Firesetting

Dr Helen Miles
Honorary Lecturer in Forensic Psychology
Firesetting and Arson, Learning Disability and Offending

Dr Anne Sheeran
Honorary Lecturer in Forensic Psychology
Risk Assessment, Mental Health in Prisons

Dr Jo Thakker
Honorary Lecturer in Forensic Psychology
Sexual Offending, Clinical Psychology

Past or Retired Honorary Members

Professor Geoffrey Stephenson
Emeritus Professor

Professor Robert Johnston
Retired Professor of Cognitive Psychology

Professor Bill Marshall
Honorary Professor of Forensic Psychology
Sexual Offending, Sexual Offender Treatment, Sexual Offender Cognition

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 823961 or contact us.

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

Last Updated: 28/03/2019