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Dr Caoilte  Ó Ciardha

Dr Caoilte Ó Ciardha

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology
Head of Recruitment and Student Experience (UG)


Research interests

My key areas of research focus on the role of cognition in offending behaviour and in the aftermath of offending. Therefore, I am interested in seeing how people's thought processes may lead them to offend, how treating those processes may reduce re-offending, and how people may interpret criminal acts in light of their own unique cognitive processes and structures. I am particularly interested in these questions with regard to child molestation, sexual violence towards adults, and firesetting.

Key publications

  • Attard-Johnson, J., Bindemann, M., & Ó Ciardha, C. (2016).  Pupillary response as an age-specific measure of sexual interest: An exploratory study. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45(4), 855-870. doi:10.1007/s10508-015-0681-3
  • Gannon, T.A., Alleyne, E., Butler, H., Danby, H., Kapoor, A., Lovell, T., … Ó Ciardha, C. (2015), Specialist group therapy for psychological factors associated with firesetting: Evidence of a treatment effect from a non-randomized trial with male prisoners. Behaviour Research and Therapy 73, 42-51. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2015.07.007
  • Ó Ciardha, C., & Ward, T. (2013). Theories of cognitive distortions in sexual offending: What the current research tells us. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 14, 5-21. doi: 10.1177/1524838012467856
  • Ó Ciardha, C., (2011). A theoretical framework for understanding deviant sexual interest and cognitive distortions as overlapping constructs contributing to sexual offending against children. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 16, 493-502. doi:10.1016/j.avb.2011.05.001


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