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I am a lecturer in Social Sciences at Northumbria University, teaching across Criminology and Policing programmes. I am also a practitioner with extensive experience in mental health care and education. I have experience of working with women who have experienced trauma, often relating to domestic violence and also those involved in the criminal justice system. This practitioner experience working with disadvantaged and marginalised groups informs my teaching and research.

Research interests

My doctoral research focused on the traumatic impact of prison on mothers and their families. My research interests include gendered violence, mental health, women and the criminal justice system. There is a particular focus on the links between trauma experiences, mental health and offending. I also have an interest in issues concerning vulnerabilty as relating to policing and how these needs are supported within the criminal justice system.

I am a member of a research clsuter for offenders with complex needs and also the gendered violence and abuse inter-disciplinary research theme.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Criminology, PhD, The intergenerational traumatic impact of maternal imprisonment, Northumbria University

1 Mar 201815 Jan 2022

Award Date: 22 Jun 2022

Educational Development, MA, Newcastle University

1 Jun 20031 Jun 2005

Award Date: 30 Jun 2005

Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Learning and Teaching, PGCert, Birkbeck University of London

1 Sept 200031 Aug 2001

Award Date: 31 Aug 2001

Psychology, BSc (Hons), University of East London

Award Date: 10 Jul 1997


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