Professor Ray Bull to give a talk to the School of Psychology (22nd Jan, 2020)

On the 22nd January, we are delighted to have Professor Ray Bull from the University of Derby come and visit the School of Psychology at the University of Lincoln. Prof Bull’s talk will take place in SSB0102 & SSB0103 from 2-3pm.

The title of the talk is Research on the Improving of the interviewing of suspects” and will be of interest to many of staff and students. Information about the talk and Prof Bull can be found below.


About the talk:

The traditional method used with suspects is to interrogate them using an accusatory style, often from the beginning of the interrogation.  Recent research in several countries consistently demonstrates that a noteworthy proportion of guilty suspects have already decided to confess before the interview commences, and thus this traditional approach may be ‘seen’ to work for them.  For other suspects new research suggests such an approach may well not be effective.  A different approach was adopted over 25 years ago in England, which is now being adopted elsewhere (e.g. in Australia, Japan, Norway, USA) and has been recommended by a United Nations ‘Special Rapporteur’.  Instead of the seeking of confessions (that may provide very little information), this ‘new’ approach encourages suspects to provide as much relevant information as possible, the contents of which can be verified or challenged.

About Prof Ray Bull:

Ray Bull is a Professor of Criminal Investigation, University of Derby (UK), Emeritus Professor of Forensic Psychology, University of Leicester (UK) and Immediate Past-President of the European Association of Psychology and Law. His major research topic is investigative interviewing. Ray’s wealth of experience and contribution to scientific community has been recognised by several boards and organisations both here in the UK and abroad. In 2010 Ray was “Elected by acclaim” an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society “for the contribution made to the discipline of psychology”.  In 2010 he received from the Scientific Committee of the Fourth International Conference on Investigative Interviewing a “Special Prize” for his “extensive contributions to investigative interviewing”.  In 2009 he was elected a Fellow by the Board of Directors of the Association of Psychological Sciences (formerly the American Psychological Society) for “sustained and outstanding distinguished contribution to psychological science” (FAPS).  In 2009 Ray received from the ‘International Investigative Interviewing Research Group’ the ‘Senior Academic Award’ for his ‘significant lifetime contribution to the field of investigative interviewing’.  In 2008 Ray received from the European Association of Psychology and Law an ‘Award for Life-time Contribution to Psychology and Law’.  In 2008 he received from the British Psychological Society the ‘Award for Distinguished Contributions to Academic Knowledge in Forensic Psychology’.  In 2005 he received a Commendation from the London Metropolitan Police for “Innovation and professionalism whilst assisting a complex rape investigation”.

In 2004 he was commissioned by the Scottish Executive to draft guidance on the taking of evidence on commission.  He was part of the small team commissioned by the Home Office in 2000 to write the 2002 government document Achieving Best Evidence in Criminal Proceedings: Guidance for Vulnerable or Intimidated Witnesses, Including Children (ABE).  In 2002/3 he led the small team commissioned by government to produce an extensive training pack relating to ABE.  In 1991 he was commissioned by the Home Office (together with a Law Professor) to write the first working draft of the Memorandum of Good Practice on Video Recorded Interviews with Child Witnesses for Criminal Proceedings. He has advised a large number of police forces in several countries on the interviewing of witnesses and of suspects, and he has testified as an expert witness in a considerable number of trials. He has authored and co-authored a large number of papers in quality research journals and has co-authored and co-edited many books including Investigative Interviewing: Psychology and Practice (1999 – a second edition is now being written) and Witness Identification in Criminal Cases (2008).

Dr Dave Dawson joins the ACP-UK’s Board of Directors

Dr Dave Dawson has accepted a position on the Board of Directors of the Association for Clinical Psychologists (ACP-UK), which is the professional body for Clinical Psychologists within the UK.

The paid consultancy role will involve furthering the strategic links of ACP-UK with other professional organisations, developing member networks, and promoting evidence-based research and policy decisions within the profession.



New paper on somnophilia published by Elizabeth Deehan and Dr Ross Bartels

A new study by PhD student Elizabeth Deehan and Dr Ross Bartels entitled “Somnophilia: Examining Its Various Forms and Associated Constructs” has been published in the Sexual Abuse. 

Somnophilia refers to a sexual interest in having sex someone who is asleep and is an under-researched phenomenon. Using an online sample, this new study provides the first empirical investigation into somnophilia. The study contributes to the literature by:

(1) offering a new measure designed to assess an interest in and proclivity towards somnophilic behaviour.

(2) showing that somnophilic interest is associated with necrophilic, biastophilic, and sadistic sexual fantasies, as well as a need for sexual dominance

(3) highlighting that many people are also interested in being the recipient of sexual activity while asleep (the authors term this “dormaphilia”), which is associated with masochistic fantasies and a need for sexual submission

The paper suggests that somnophilia may not be as rare as first thought. It also indicates that it is important to differentiate between consensual somnophilia and non-consensual somnophilia.

Elizabeth Deehan is now continuing to investigate somnophilia more deeply as part of her PhD research.


Dr Nima Moghaddam and colleagues publish new paper!

Congrats to Dr Nima Moghaddam who has published a new article with various colleagues, including Dr Sam Malins (the Project Lead) who is a graduate of our DClinPsy programme.

This article relates to the implementation of a digital health intervention in a regional Clinical Psychology Cancer Service.

This led to the service being shortlisted for the Mental Health Innovation of the Year Award in the upcoming HSJ Awards 2019 (

Details of the article:

Wells, C., Malins, S., Clarke, S., Skorodzien, I., Biswas, S., Sweeney, T., Moghaddam, N., & Levene, J. (2019). Using smart-messaging to enhance mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for cancer patients: A mixed methods proof of concept evaluation. Psycho-Oncology.


Dr Nima Moghaddam and Nicole Geach (DClinPsy trainee) publish new paper!!

Nicole Geach (DClinPsy trainee) and Dr Nima Moghaddam have had a new article published. The paper aims to: (1) characterise team formulation, based upon examples from practice; and (2) identify factors perceived to support or obstruct workable implementation in practice.

Four novel types of team formulation with different functions and forms are described: case review, formulating behaviour experienced as challenging, formulating the staff-service user relationship, and formulating with the service-user perspective. A number of factors perceived to support and obstruct team formulation were identified including team distress, facilitating change, managing difference and informing practice. These were found to be common across team formulation types.

The practical implications include using the identified team formulation types as a way to standardise team formulation practice.

Geach, N., De Boos, D. and Moghaddam, N. (2019), “Team formulation in practice: forms, functions, and facilitators”, Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 145-159.