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    Introducing Criminology (CRM1001).
    Punishment, Penal Policy and Prisons (CRM3001).
    Psychological Perspectives on Crime (CRM3005). 


    Research Interests

    Identity, violence, imprisonment, shame, masculinity, penal reform, reintegration, desistance, criminological psychology and restorative justice.


    Research Statement

    My interests include criminological psychology and imprisonment. Criminological psychology involves understanding why people engage in crime, how society reacts to and manages criminal behaviour and how individuals began to leave behind a criminal career. In particular, I am interested in issues such as violence, identity, shame, masculinity, imprisonment, conflict, restorative justice and penal reform. My PhD thesis was entitled “Prisoner Confrontations: The Role of Shame, Masculinity and Respect” and investigated why some prisoners were more likely to engage in prisoner-on-prisoner violence than others. Since then, I have been involved in a number of research projects examining the service and support needs of young people on remand, fear of crime, equality and disciplinary processes in prison, parental imprisonment, the experiences of vulnerable individuals in the criminal justice system and the penal reform programme in Northern Ireland.


    Please feel free to contact me to discuss possible research ideas. 


    Current PhD Students

    Sinead Meade – Effects of Prison Work in the Irish Prison Service.

    Keira Flanagan - The Potential Effects of Educational and Vocational Programmes on the Desistance Process in Imprisoned Young People.

    Aimee Muirhead - Behind Closed Doors: A Study of Cell-Sharing, Wellbeing and Coping in Prison.

    Shane Bell - Doing Desistance in Divided Neighbourhoods: The Role of Conflict Affected Neighbourhoods.

    Mark Williams - The Detection and Prevention of Inappropriate and Criminal Behaviour in Social Media.

    Abdullah Al Habsi - A cross-national study of WhatsApp users in Oman: Motivations for self-disclosure and risk of blackmail.



    Past PhD Students

    Lauren Hogg – The Impact of State Intervention on the Work of Community-Based Restorative Justice Projects in Northern Ireland.


    Annemarie Millar - Police Response and Understanding of Incidents of Domestic Abuse Involvement Children and Young People.



    BA (Hons) Psychology, University College Dublin.
    MSc in Forensic Psychology, University of Kent at Canterbury.
    PhD in Criminology, University of Cambridge.
    Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Educational Teaching, Queen's University Belfast


    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    Criminological Psychology
    Penal Reform
    Reducing Reoffending and Desistance
    Social Media Crimes

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