I am a senior lecturer in forensic psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. I live in Lancashire with my husband and three young children.
In my free time I love reading crime thrillers, sewing, and baking.
My pronouns are:
I specialise in forensic psychology – the application of psychology to understand crime, victims and witnesses, police investigations, and the criminal justice system. I’m particularly interested in witness deception, false alibis, and juror perceptions of forensic science.
I am currently working on a project looking at the impact of gruesome case evidence on juror wellbeing and trauma. We hope to discover how we can better support jurors to cope with the challenges of jury duty.
My Typical Day:
I am an early riser and like to start work by 7.30am but never before a big cup of coffee! There isn’t a set routine to my days from that point onwards and I love the variation of my job. Some days I am conducting experiments with members of the public, others I am delivering lectures about the psychology of juror decision making, setting up mock-crime scenes for student investigation role play, planning student support workshops, or helping my students design their own research projects.
I work 4 days a week so that I can have a day at home with my toddler and can take my older two children to and from school.
What I'd do with the prize money:
I would love to work with young people in schools and colleges to better understand their perceptions and expectations of forensic psychology and help develop strategies and resources to help them deal with the more challenging aspects of the subject.
St Michaels’ C of E High School, Chorley, Lancashire
Runshaw College, Lancashire
Sheffield Hallam University
GCSEs x 11
A Levels x 4
BSc (Hons) Psychology
MSc Forensic Psychology
PhD Forensic Psychology
PGCE in Higher Education
The Open University – tutor
University of Derby – Associate Lecturer
Sheffield Hallam University – Associate Lecturer
Teesside University – Senior Lecturer
Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Undergraduate Psychology Programme Leader
Manchester Metropolitan University
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Juror wellbeing advocate
What did you want to be after you left school?
I had no idea! It wasn't until I started my psychology degree that I worked out that psychology was the career for me
Were you ever in trouble at school?
No. I've always been someone that follows the rules!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Anything with halloumi
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1. To have more time to sew, 2. To take my family to Disney World, 3.
Tell us a joke.
A man walked into a bar..... Ouch!