Portrait of Professor Jane Wood

Professor Jane Wood

Professor of Forensic Psychology
Chartered Forensic Psychologist
Deputy Director of the Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology
Director of Research and Innovation


Professor Jane Wood is a Professor of Forensic Psychology, Chartered Forensic Psychologist and Deputy Director of the Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology 

Director of Research drop ins:

Weekly drop in session for Research discussion. Please be patient if not let in immediately as Jane may be meeting with someone else.  

Psychology DoR Drop-in (Teams link)

Research interests

  • Prison gang activity
  • Street gang formation and activity
  • Bullying in prison and schools
  • Public opinion of criminal justice
  • Trauma/Mental health links with offending



Current research students

Past research students

  • Dr Emma Alleyne: Gang membership: An exploration of the psychological characteristics
  • Dr Sarah Frisby-Osman: Violent thugs or vulnerable youth? Reshaping how we think of gang members: An examination into their emotional and mental health needs
  • Dr Mark James: Understanding gang membership: Developing theory and applications
  • Dr Katarina Mozova: Towards a social psychology framework of youth group membership: An exploratory study


Grants and Awards

2017J Wood (PI), T Gannon (Co-I), C Ó Ciardha (Co-I) & E Alleyne (Co-I) 
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria
"Evaluating polygraph use for managing sexual offenders and suspects in five police areas"
1.7.17 to 30.6.19
2010T Gannon, J Wood, A Pina & E Vasquez
Ministry of Justice
"Evaluation of mandatory polygraph supervision with sexual offenders"
£324, 417
2010J Wood
Kent Probation
"The IOM 'Through the Gate' Project for Short-term Prisoners (Under 12 month sentences), Statutory and Non-statutory Probation offenders in Kent & Medway" 
30.09.10 to 31.03.11
£28, 525
2009J Wood
Kent Probation, Kent Drug and Alcohol Action Team 
"Integrated services for managing prolific offenders: a longitudinal perspective"
2008J Wood
"Judging offenders: the role of observers' emotions"
2007J Wood
Kent and Medway Resettlement Programme
2003-04J Wood
H M Prison Service, Canterbury
Kent and Medway Resettlement Programme
2003J Wood
H M Prison Service 
2001J Wood
Esme Fairburn Charitable Trust 


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