Gavin Oxburgh


Research interests

Gavin's research draws upon, and contributes to, the broad area of military veterans' research, together with legal and criminological psychology including: International human rights, the prevention of torture, ethical and non-coercive interviewing; false and recovered memories, and; (cyber) crime in the cloud. He has attracted over £3.4m in research grants to date from the ESRC, EPSRC, The British Academy, the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), the UK College of Policing, and the N8 Policing Research Partnership. 

Gavin has published widely in the area of legal and forensic psychology, policing, and communication. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, and an Editorial Advisory Board member of the Torture Journal. In 2017, he was awarded Associate Investigator status of the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) which is EPSRC and GCHQ managed.



Research Student Supervision Interests

If you would like to discuss potential PhD opportunities, please contact Gavin via email, however, he is primarily interested in any aspect of military veterans' research, policing, interviewing and interrogation (use of empathy and rapport), crimes against humanity and war crimes investigations, and false and recovered memories.

Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, Psychology, University of Portsmouth

    Developing a more effective framework for the investigative interviewing of suspected sex offenders

    1 Oct 2004 - 1 Dec 2011
  • PGCLTHE, Teacher Training (University), Teesside University

    1 Jan 2007 - 1 May 2008
  • MSc, Psychology, University of Portsmouth

    Police officers' use of emotional language during child sexual abuse investigations.

    1 Oct 2002 - 1 Oct 2004
  • BSc (Hons), Psychology, Open University Milton Keynes

    1 Feb 1996 - 1 Oct 2002

Professional Qualifications

  • Registered Forensic Psychologist (HCPC),

    1 Oct 2010 - 1 Oct 2012
  • Chartered Scientist (UKSC), CSci

    1 Jan 2010 - 1 May 2012
  • BPS Chartered Psychologist (Research & Teaching) , CPsychol

    1 Jan 2010 - 1 Apr 2012
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, AFBPsS

    1 Feb 2010 - 1 Feb 2012