Dr Ross BartelsSenior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology & FCRG Lead

My research focuses on using socio-cognitive measures and paradigms to examine processes underlying and associated with deviant sexual thoughts, fantasies, and cognitions.

Georgina GousDr Georgina GousLecturer in Forensic Psychology & FCRG Deputy Lead

My main research examines how variations in voice can affect recognition and perceptions of the speaker, and how this can inform forensic practice (e.g., the errors that can arise in witness testimony when a person disguises their voice).

Todd HogueProfessor Todd Hogue –¬†Professor of Forensic Psychology

My main research is related to sexual offenders including; measures of risk and clinical change; the impact of individual differences and personality disorder; measuring deviant sexual interest and arousal; and attitudes toward sexual offender and reintegration into society.

Amanda RobertsDr Amanda Roberts –¬†Associate Professor in Forensic and Clinical Psychology

My current research examines the risk factors for antisocial behaviour, addiction, violence, pathological gambling, smoking and extensive pornography use.

Hannah MerdianDr Hannah Merdian –¬†Associate Professor in Forensic/Clinical Psychology

My research interests are offenders who use child sexual exploitation material and their offence characteristics. I’m also interested in sexual deviancy and its assessment concerning criminal and non-criminal populations.

Aidan HartDr Aidan Hart –¬†Senior Lecturer in Clinical and Forensic Psychology

My research investigates cognitive processes associated with mental health disorders and what influences individual variability. I study the effects of genotypic variation on cognitive processes known to be affected in mental health disorders and the role of stress.

Michelle SmithMichelle Smith –¬†Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

My areas of research interest include trauma and resilience in both offender populations and forensic staff, personality disordered offenders, and female offenders, .

Rachael DagnallRachael DagnallSenior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

My research interests include occupational stress among staff working in high-stress environments and how to increase resilience within such populations. I also research rehabilitative cultures within prison environments.

Tochukwu OnwuegbusiDr Tochukwu Onwuegbusi –¬†Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

My research focuses mainly on developing implicit/eyetracking measures for forensic assessment (e.g., sexual interest), attitudes to sexual offenders (ATS), among others.

Lauren SmithDr Lauren Smith –¬†Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

I specialise in the journeys of people in, through, and out of the Criminal Justice System, with a particular emphasis on supporting transitions and supporting families of people with convictions.

Phil WillmotDr Phil Willmot –¬†Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

I am a Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist in the Men’s Personality Disorder Service at Rampton Hospital. My specialist areas include personality disorder, violent and criminally diverse serious offenders, and schema therapy.

Melanie St John-HoweMelanie St John-Howe –¬†PhD Researcher and Teaching Assistant

Investigating the factors that mediate the link between sexual fantasising and sexual behaviour.

Elizabeth DeehanElizabeth Deehan –¬†PhD Researcher

Investigating the nature and correlates of somnophilia and dormaphilia.

Alexandra FrostAlexandra Frost –¬†PhD Researcher

Investigating resilience in bullying victimisation.

Matthew King-Parker –¬†PhD Researcher and PGR Rep.

My research focuses on burglary, investigating the potential aetiological factors, particularly cognitions, and social factors. In addition, I use virtual reality to allow for the simulation of burglary offences in an immersive environment.

Doctoral Alumni

The FCRG’s doctoral alumni are active researchers who have gone on to undertake cutting-edge scholarly work in various¬†Forensic areas of importance. We are proud of our former PhD students and what they have accomplished since their time at the University of Lincoln. Here, we provide some details of our alumni to date.

Charlotte WessonCharlotte Wesson –¬† – completed 2021. Charlotte’s doctoral research focused on human sexuality, including deviant sexual interest, and the methods used to study this.
Dr Rachel OrrittDr Rachel Orritt – completed 2016. Rachel’s doctoral research focused on dog aggression and dog bite prevention.
Dr Craig HarperDr Craig Harper – completed 2016. Craig’s PhD research focused on examining the psychological mechanisms that underpin public views and attitudes about sexual offenders.
Iain ReidDr Iain Reid¬† – completed 2015. Iain’s doctoral research focused on developing a holistic, proactive, and dynamic model of online communication. Related interests included discourses of terrorism and surveillance measures.
Dr Charlotte HallDr Charlotte Hall – completed 2011. Charlotte’s PhD¬† investigated the use of gaze patterns (via eye-tracking technology) as a measure of detecting sexual preference in forensic populations.