Dr Emma Alleyne completed her BSc (Honours) in Psychology at McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada), followed by her MSc and PhD in Forensic Psychology at the University of Kent. She began her lectureship at Kent in 2011 and is now currently a Reader in Forensic Psychology, as well as a Forensic Psychology Trainee at Kent Forensic Psychiatry Services (Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust).
Emma's theoretical and empirical work examines the social, psychological, and behavioural factors that explain various types of aggressive behaviour. For example, her current research explores why adults engage in animal cruelty, with the aim of identifying the key treatment needs for prevention and intervention purposes.
She is particularly interested in how human-human versus human-animal empathy relate to animal abuse specifically and interpersonal violence more broadly. Emma pursues research lines that investigate how other types of regulatory processes (e.g., emotion regulation, moral disengagement) facilitate offending behaviour. Other research interests include the psychological factors that distinguish gang youth from non-gang youth (especially when coming from similar social/environmental backgrounds) and the treatment needs of female firesetters.
Dr Emma Alleyne welcomes prospective doctoral students to get in touch if they are interested in my research areas or other related topics in forensic psychology.
|2019||Leverhulme Trust: International Academic Fellowship|
Understanding why adults abuse animals: Theory and evidence-based practice
|2017||Petplan Charitable Trust|
Understanding why adults abuse animals
|2017-2019||Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria|
Evaluating polygraph use for managing sexual offenders and suspects in five police areas
Co-I with J Wood (PI), T Gannon (Co-I) and C O Ciardha (Co-I)
|2014||Faculty Research Committee|
Adulthood animal abuse: What do we know and where do we go from there?
|2014||School of Psychology Seed Fund|
The psychological impact of cyber-crime
|2012||Faculty Research Committee|
Vulnerable women and girls in a local community: Psychological, social and behavioural characteristics