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Dr Charlotte Coleman MSc, PhD

Principal Lecturer

Summary

I obtained my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Huddersfield University before joining the Government Statistical Service with whom I worked alongside the Dept of Health analysing and modelling the career and training futures of NHS consultants. I returned to academic study in 2004 and completed a Masters in Psychological Research Methods and my PhD (Children’s temporal testimony) at the University of Sheffield. My teaching interests are focused around children’s development, particularly cognitive development, and developmental research methods. I also teach Forensic psychology, focusing particularly on witness evidence and children’s engagement with the law and law services.

  • About

    I obtained my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Huddersfield University before joining the Government Statistical Service with whom I worked alongside the Dept of Health analysing and modelling the career and training futures of NHS consultants. I returned to academic study in 2004 and completed a Masters in Psychological Research Methods and my PhD (Children’s temporal testimony) at the University of Sheffield.

    My teaching interests are focused around children’s development, particularly cognitive development, and developmental research methods. I also teach Forensic psychology, focusing particularly on witness evidence and children’s engagement with the law and law services. My research interests are around children and adolescents in the justice system. This includes children as victims, children as offenders, and children's rights.I also carry out research into factors that impact upon the generation of reliable testimony, and supervise PhD research into the role of confidence in mitigating the effects of collaborative recall on suggestibility.

    I am currently undertaking research looking at children's ability to give 'temporal testimony', that is children's ability to state the time-related details associated with events they have witnessed. As children are developing time-related abilities right through to adolescence and sometimes beyond, my research examines the extent to which children can provide accurate, reliable testimony in eyewitness interview situations, and how this relates to other time knowledge, such as that gained in school. 

    I am working in conjunction with South Yorkshire Police on a road safety initiative focusing on improving parking and driving behaviours around primary schools in the Woodseat and Gleadless areas of Sheffield. I have developed surveys to measure current perceptions of risk and driving in these areas from parents, schools and children, as well as assisting with the development of road safety interventions, and post-intervention evaluations of attitude and behaviour change. This 3 year project is a pilot scheme, which if successful in reducing the number of casualties on roads around primary schools, will be rolled out to all schools in Sheffield. I am also a SRCD and a BPS member.

    Children’s development, particularly cognitive development, developmental research methods, forensic psychology and children's ability to give 'temporal testimony.

  • Teaching

    Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

    Development and Society

    Psychology, Sociology and Politics

  • Research

    • I am currently undertaking research looking at children's ability to give 'temporal testimony', that is children's ability to state the time-related details associated with events they have witnessed. As children are developing time-related abilities right through to adolescence and sometimes beyond, my research examines the extent to which children can provide accurate, reliable testimony in eyewitness interview situations, and how this relates to other time knowledge, such as that gained in school.
    • I am working in conjunction with South Yorks Police on a road safety initiative focusing on improving parking and driving behaviours around primary schools in the Woodseat and Gleadless areas of Sheffield. I have developed surveys to measure current perceptions of risk and driving in these areas from parents, schools and children, as well as assisting with the development of road safety interventions, and post-intervention evaluations of attitude and behaviour change. This 3 year project is a pilot scheme, which if successful in reducing the number of casualties on roads around primary schools, will be rolled out to all schools in Sheffield.

  • Publications

    NEWBERRY, Michelle, ASHTON-WIGMAN, Stefanie, COLEMAN, Charlotte and MOTTRAM, Bethamy (2014). Abusive relationships : an exploration of the experiences of individuals referred to the Domestic Violence Unit at Rotherham Police Station. Project Report. South Yorkshire Police. (Unpublished)

  • Other activities

    I am heavily involved in outreach work, which focuses on engaging young people from schools and colleges in the work and activities of Sheffield Hallam.


  • Media

    Charlotte Coleman's research interests are around children and adolescents in the justice system and she is currently undertaking research looking at children's ability to give temporal testimony, their ability to state the time-related details associated with events they have witnessed.

    Evaluation projects include Lifewise, the crime and safety initiative run by South Yorkshire Police and a project with Woodseats and Gleadless Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team on driving behaviours outside schools.

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