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 

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

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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
  • Group offending
  • Polygraph testing in the management of individuals convicted or suspected of offences 


Current research students

Past research students

  • Dr Tara Dickens: An examination of the psychological pathway of men who cause severe physical harm to children. School of Psychology Scholarship, University of Kent, UK.    
  • Dr Anita Ruddle: Why we harm the ones we love: Predictive Factors of Domestic Violence Perpetration. School of Psychology Scholarship, University of Kent, UK.    
  • 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

2017 J 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
2015 J Wood (PI)
Kent Police & NHS
“Evaluation of Neighbourhood response panels”
Kent police. July, 2015-July, 2016
2010 T Gannon, J Wood, A Pina & E Vasquez
Ministry of Justice
"Evaluation of mandatory polygraph supervision with sexual offenders"
£324, 417
2010 J 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
2009 J Wood
Kent Probation, Kent Drug and Alcohol Action Team 
"Integrated services for managing prolific offenders: a longitudinal perspective"
2008 J Wood
"Judging offenders: the role of observers' emotions"
2007 J Wood
Kent and Medway Resettlement Programme
2003-04 J Wood
H M Prison Service, Canterbury
Kent and Medway Resettlement Programme
2003 J Wood
H M Prison Service 
2001 J Wood
Esme Fairburn Charitable Trust 


  • HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist
  • Member of Editorial Board, British Journal of Forensic Practice
  • Managing Editor for Psychology, Crime and Law
  • Lead Editor - Wood, J., Gannon, T. A., (2008). Public Opinion and Criminal Justice. Willan Publishing.
  • Lead Editor - Wood, J. L., & Giles, H. (2014) Special Issue: Gangs: Group and intergroup dimensions. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 17(6), 701-832

Editorial Duties

  • 2017 – present - Editorial Board Member, Trauma Violence & Abuse.
  • 2017 – present - Editorial Board Member, Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • 2012 – 2018 - Managing Editor: Psychology Crime and Law.
  • 2010 – present - Editorial Board Member, Journal of Forensic Practice.
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