Ross joins Montreal researchers on funded sexual fantasy project

In March, Ross Bartels was invited to collaborate on a funded project entitled “Can you tell me more?Ā The development of a Virtual Conversational Agent (VCA) for assessing and monitoring sexual interests and fantasies of sex offenders‘).

Ross joins PI (Prof Jean-Pierre Guay) from the University of Montreal (and others) on the project, which received funding ($249,488) from the Government of Canada (under the ‘New Frontiers in Research Fund’).

Amanda Roberts awarded the Psyche Award!


In Feb 2022, Amanda Roberts (and colleagues) were awarded the Psyche Award for Most Valuable Paper on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic by the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy.

They will receive a shiny certificate and feature in the spring edition of the journal.

The winning paper was:

Roberts, A., Rogers, J., Mason, R., Siriwardena, A.N., Hogue, T., Whitely, G., & Law, G. (2021). Alcohol and other substance use during the COVID-19 pandemic: A systematic review. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 229 (Part A). p. 109150. ISSN 0376-8716.

Amanda nominated as Co-Chair at the GREO

Amanda has also beenĀ nominated as Co-Chair at the GREO (Gambling Research Exchange Ontario) Academic Forum for the Study of Gambling (AFSG) alongside Jim Rogers in the School of Health and Social Care.

The forum provides a coordinated voice of independent researchers in the UK to advance the research needed to effectively prevent, reduce, and address gambling harm.

Hannah Merdian submits recommendations for European Council

The European Council of Ministers have passed recommendations brought to the European Council regarding the assessment, management and reintegration of persons accused or convicted of a sexual offence; seeĀ here.Ā 

The submission was coordinated by Prof Kieran McCartan (UWE) with a consortium of international stakeholders.

Hannah Merdian led the submission on behalf of the ā€œInternational Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offendersā€ (IATSO).

Lauren Smith joins Lincolnshire Reducing Offending Core Priority Group

In Sept 2020, Lauren Smith was asked to be a member of the Lincolnshire Reducing Offending Core Priority Group.

The meeting brings together stakeholders from the police, prisons, housing, courts, health and the voluntary sector to develop and implement plans to reduce offending across the county.Ā  Lauren will be working with them to develop opportunities for collaborative research. She will also be presenting current ongoing research into homelessness among people involved in the criminal justice system and the impact of Covid-19 (along with Todd and Amanda) to them on 13th October 2020.