Forensic Psychology Research

A wide variety of research is undertaken within the Forensic Psychology stream of the FCRG, reflecting the multiple interests of the members. Research includes developing new methods of investigating and assessing deviant and normative sexual interests, cognitions, and behaviours; other offence-supportive cognitions; perceptions of sexual offenders; child sexual exploitation material offenders, and risk-taking behaviour.

Below are some of the forensic researchers’ selected publications:


Prof. Todd Hogue

Hall, C. L., Hogue, T. E., & Guo, K. (2015) Gaze patterns to child figures reflect deviant sexual preference in child sex offenders: A first glance. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 21 , 303-317.

Harper, C. & Hogue, T.  (2015). Measuring public perceptions of sex offenders: reimagining the Community Attitudes Toward Sex Offenders (CATSO) scale. Psychology, Crime & Law, 21, 452-470.

Harper, C. & Hogue, T. (2015). The emotional representation of sexual crime in the national British press. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 34 , 3-24.

Harper, C. & Hogue, T. (2014). A prototype-willingness model of sexual crime discourse in England and Wales. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 53, 511-524.

Hall, C., Hogue, T., & Guo, K. (2014) Sexual cognition guides viewing strategies to human figures. Journal of Sex Research, 51, 184-196.

Lofthouse, R. E., Totsika, V., Hastings, R. P., Lindsay, W. R., Hogue, T. E., & Taylor, J. L. (2013). How do static and dynamic risk factors work together to predict violent behaviour among offenders with an intellectual disability? Journal of Intellectual Disability Research

Hall, C. , Hogue, T., & Guo, K. (2011). Differential gaze behavior towards sexually preferred and non-preferred human figures.  Journal of Sex Research, 48, 461-469.

Langton , C. M., Hogue, T., Daffern, M., Mannion, A. & Howells, K. (2011). Personality traits as predictors of inpatient aggression in a high-security forensic psychiatric setting: prospective evaluation of the PCL-R and IPDE dimension ratings. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 55, 392-415.

Lindsay, W. R., Taylor, J. L., Hogue, T., Mooney, P., Steptoe, L., & Morrissey, C. (2010). Relationship between assessed emotion, personality, personality disorder and risk in offenders with intellectual disability. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 17, 385-397.

Izycky , A. L., Braham , L. G., Williams, L. J., & Hogue, T. (2010). Goal attainment scaling: usefulness of a tool to measure risk in violent mentally disordered offenders. British Journal of Forensic Practice, 12, 14-22.

Tetley, A., Hogue, T., & Evershed, S. (2010). Predictors of progression from high to medium secure services for personality-disordered patients. Personality and Mental Health, 4, 108-120.

Craig, Leam A. and Browne, Kevin D. and Stringer, Ian and Hogue, Todd (2008) Sexual reconviction rates in the United Kingdom and actuarial risk estimates. Child Abuse and Neglect, 32 (1). pp. 121-138. ISSN: 0145-2134

Hogue, T. E., Jones, L., Talkes, K., & Tennant, A. (2007). The Peaks: a clinical service for those with dangerous and severe personality disorder. Psychology, Crime & Law, 13, 57-68.

Hogue, T., Mooney, P., Morrissey, C., Steptoe, L., Johnston, S., Lindsay, W. R., Taylor, J. (2007). Emotional and behavioural problems in offenders with intellectual disability: comparative data from three forensic services. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 51, 778-785.

Hogue, T., Steptoe, L., Taylor, J. L., Lindsay, W. R., Mooney, P., Pinkney, L., Johnston, S., Smith, A. H. W., & O’Brien, G. (2006). A comparison of offenders with intellectual disability across three levels of security. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 16, 13-28.

Hogue, T.,  & Peebles, J. (1997). The influence of remorse, intent and attitudes toward sex offenders on judgments of a Rapist. Psychology, Crime & Law, 3, 249-259.

Hogue, T. (1995) Training multi-disciplinary teams to work with sex offenders: effects on staff attitudes. Psychology, Crime & Law, 1, 227-235.

Hogue, T. (1994). Goal attainment scaling: A measure of clinical impact and risk assessment. Issues in Criminological and Legal Psychology, 21, 96-102.

Hogue, T. E. (1993). Attitudes towards prisoners and sexual offenders. In N. C. Clark & G. Stephenson (Eds.), Division of Clinical and Legal Psychology Occasional Papers: Sexual Offenders Leicester, U.K: British Psychological Society

Dr.  Amanda Roberts

Roberts, A., Yang, M., Ullrich, S., Zhang, T., Coid, J., King, R., & Murphy, R. (2015). Men’s pornography consumption in the UK: prevalence and associated problem behaviour. Archives of Sexual Behaviour.

Roberts, A., & Coid, J. (2010) Personality disorder and offending behaviour: Findings from the national survey of male prisoners in England and Wales. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 21, 221-237.

Coid, J., Yang, M., Ullrich, S., Roberts, A., Moran, P., Bebbington, P., Brugha, T., Jenkins, R., Farrell, M., Lewis, G., Singleton, N., & Hare, R. D. (2009) Psychopathy among prisoners in England and Wales. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 32, 134-141.

Coid, J., Yang, M., Ullrich, S., Roberts, A., & Hare, R. D. (2009). Prevalence and correlates of psychopathic traits in the household population of Great Britain. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 32, 65-73.

Roberts, A., Yang, M., Zhang, T., & Coid, J. (2008) Personality disorder, temperament, and childhood adversity: findings from a cohort of prisoners in England and Wales. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 19, 460-483.

Yang, M., Ullrich, S., Roberts, A., & Coid, J. (2007) Childhood institutional care and personality disorder traits in adulthood: Findings from the British national surveys of psychiatric morbidity. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 77, 67-75.

Roberts, A., Coid, J. W. (2007). Psychopathy and offending behaviour: Findings from the national survey of prisoners in England and Wales. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 18, 23-43.

Coid, J., Yang, M., Roberts, A., Ullrich, S., Moran, P., Bebbington, P., Brugha, T., Jenkins, R., Farrell, M., Lewis, G. & Singleton, N. (2006). Violence and psychiatric morbidity in a national household population: a report from the British Household Survey. American Journal of Epidemiology, 164, 1199-1208.

Coid, J., Yang, M., Tyrer, P., Roberts, A., & Ullrich, S. (2006) Prevalence and correlates of personality disorder in Great Britain. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 188, 423-431.

Dr. Hannah Merdian

Bartels, R. M., & Merdian, H. L. (2015). The implicit theories of child sexual exploitation materials users: an initial conceptualization. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 26, 16-25.

Merdian, H. L. & Warrior, J. K (2015) Effective communication between students and lecturers: improving                   student-led communication in educational settings. Psychology Teaching Review, 21, 25-43.

Merdian, H. L., Curtis, C., & Thakker, J., Wilson, N., & Boer, D. (2014) The endorsement of cognitive distortions:       comparing child pornography offenders and contact sex offenders. Psychology, Crime & Law, 20, 971-993

Merdian, H. L., Wilson, N., Thakker, J., & Curtis, C., & Boer, D. P. (2013) So why did you do it?”: Explanations            provided by child pornography offenders. Sexual Offender Treatment, 8, pp. 1-19.

Merdian, H. L., Curtis, C., Thakker, J., Wilson, N., & Boer, D. P. (2013) The three dimensions of online child                pornography offending. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 19, 121-132.

Merdian, H. L., Thakker, J., Wilson, N., & Boer, D. P. (2011) Assessing the internal structure of the COPINE                scale. Psychology, Crime & Law, 0, pp. 1-14.

Witt, P. H., Merdian, H. L., Connell, M., & Boer, D. P. (2010) Assessing parental risk in parenting plan (child                custody) evaluation cases involving internet sexual behavior. Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology,          2, 116-136.

Merdian, H. L., Wilson, N., & Boer, D. P. (2009) Characteristics of internet sexual offenders: A review. Sexual              Abuse in Australia and New Zealand , 2, 34-47

Dr. Aidan Hart

Golijani-Moghaddam, N., Hart, A., & Dawson, D. L. (2013) The implicit relational assessment procedure: Emerging reliability and validity data. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 2, 105-119.

Hart, A. J., Gresswell, D. M., & Braham, L. G. (2011). Formulation of serious violent offending using multiple sequential functional analysis, pp. 129-152. In P. Sturmey & M. McMurran (Eds.) Forensic case formulation (Vol. 49). John Wiley

Dawson, D. L., Barnes-Holmes, D., Gresswell, D. M., Hart, A. J., & Gore, N. J. (2009). Assessing the implicit beliefs of sexual offenders using the implicit relational assessment procedure: A first study. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 21, 57-75.

Dr. Ross Bartels

Bartels, R. M., Beech, A. R., & Harkins, L. (in press). Rape. In B. K. Puri & I. Treasaden (eds.),Forensic Psychiatry.   Hodder Arnold: London

Bartels, R. M. & Beech, A. R. (in press). Theories of deviant sexual fantasy. In T. Ward & A. R. Beech (eds.),           Theories of sexual offending.

Bartels, R. M., Snowden, R., & Gray, N. (in press). Indirect measures of sexual interest. In D. Boer D. & Craig (eds), Assessment of Sexual Offenders.

Bartels, R. M., & Merdian, H. L. (2015). The implicit theories of child sexual exploitation materials users: an initial conceptualization. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 26, 16-25.

Beech, A. R., Bartels, R. M., & Dixon, L. (2013). The assessment and treatment of distorted schemas in offenders. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 14, 54-66.

Bartels, R. M. & Gannon, T. A. (2011). Understanding the sexual fantasies of sex offenders. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 16, 551-561.

Bartels, R. & Parsons, C. (2009). The social construction of a serial killer. Feminism and Psychology, 19, 267–280

Bartels, R. M., & Gannon, T. A. (2009). Rape supportive cognition, sexual fantasies, and implicit offence-scripts: Comparison between high and low rape prone men. Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand, 1, 70-78.

Dr. David Keatley

Zhang, Chun-Qing and Si, Gangyan and Duan, Yanping and Lyu, Yaojun and Keatley, David A. and Chan, Derwin K. C. (2015) The effects of mindfulness training on beginners’ skill acquisition in dart throwing: A randomized controlled trial. Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

Hagger, Martin S. and Leaver, Eamonn and Esser, Kerstin and Leung, Chung-Ming and Te Pas, Nina and Keatley, David A. and Chan, Derwin K-C and Chatzisarantis, Nikos L. D. (2013) Cue-induced smoking urges deplete cigarette smokers’ self-control resources. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 46, 394-400.

Hagger, Martin S. and Panetta, Giulia and Leung, Chung-Ming and Wong, Ging Ging and Wang, John C. K. and Chan, Derwin K. C. and Keatley, David A. and Chatzisarantis, Nikos L. D. (2013) Chronic inhibition, self-control and eating behavior: test of a ‘resource depletion’ model. PLoS ONE, 8, 

Keatley, David and Clarke, David D. and Hagger, Martin S. (2012) Investigating the predictive validity of implicit and explicit measures of motivation on condom use, physical activity and healthy eating. Psychology and Health, 27, 550-569.

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