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Dr Emma Alleyne

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

Programme Director for MSc Forensic Psychology

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Dr Emma Alleyne


Research interests

I conduct research within the areas of forensic and social psychology. My theoretical and empirical work examines the social, psychological, and behavioural factors that explain various types of aggressive behaviour. For example, my current research explores why adults engage in animal cruelty with the aim of identifying the key treatment needs for prevention and intervention purposes. I am particularly interested in how human-human versus human-animal empathy relate to animal abuse specifically and interpersonal violence more broadly. I pursue 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.

I welcome prospective doctoral students to get in touch if they are interested in my research areas or other related topics in forensic psychology.

Key publications

  • Alleyne, E., & Parfitt, C. (in press). Adult-perpetrated animal abuse: A systematic review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. doi:10.1177/1524838017708785
  • Alleyne, E., Gannon, T.A., Mozova, K., Page, T., & Ó Ciardha, C. (2016). Female firesetters: Gender associated psychological and psychopathological features. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 79, 364-378. doi:10.1080/00332747.2016.1185892
  • Alleyne, E., & Parfitt, C. (in press). Factors that distinguish aggression towards animals from other antisocial behaviors: Evidence from a community sample. Aggressive Behavior. DOI: 10.1002/ab.21768
  • Parfitt, C., & Alleyne, E. (in press). Not the sum of its parts: A critical review of the MacDonald Triad. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. DOI: 10.1177/1524838018764164




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