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Dr Charlotte Coleman MSc, PhD, FHEA

Deputy Head of Psychology, Sociology and Politics


I teach and research forensic psychology, focusing on children and their interactions with crime and legal services. My key research area currently is around knife crime, youth violence, child criminal exploitation and using interventions to prevent young people from becoming involved in crime


I completed my PhD in children's eyewitness testimony at the University of Sheffield in 2009 and began teaching at Sheffield Hallam University later that year. I am passionate about teaching and research and how each of these contribute to, and are informed by events/knowledge in the real world.

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


I am an experienced lecturer having taught Psychology to students in Higher Education at all levels in many settings from large lectures to one-to-one tuition.
I have a great interest in bringing the real world into the classroom and helping students developing applied skills that will benefit themselves and the organisations that they work with.
I am also a keen Academic Advisor, taking my role in supporting students very seriously. Academic Advising is the teaching I enjoy the most, giving me great satisfaction to see my students grow and achieve.


My primary area of expertise is in Child Eyewitness Testimony and forensic interviews with children.
I also have much experience in applied research, particularly with South Yorkshire Police, for whom I have explored perceptions of policing and engagement with young people, reducing RTC's around primary schools, evaluating change in the workplace, and interventions to reduce knife crime.
I am currently working on several funded projects e.g. evaluating Youth Offending Teams, Violence Reduction Units, and exploring the effects of knife crime imagery on young people. Further, I am working to develop a measure of attitudinal shift in relation knife crime which can be used to better establish the effects of interventions aimed at preventing young people from becoming involved in knife crime.



Newberry, M., Ashton-Wigman, S., Coleman, C., & Mottram, B. (2014). Abusive relationships : an exploration of the experiences of individuals referred to the Domestic Violence Unit at Rotherham Police Station. South Yorkshire Police.

Other activities

I chair the Sheffield Military Education Committee which serves to provide and develop formal and informal links between the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, and the University Service Units in which students of the two Universities are eligible to serve

Postgraduate supervision

I currently supervise five PhD students in the area of youth crime and interventions, and also into the experience of student stress in post-compulsory education.


I am experienced in working with legal and crime organisations both in a research and consultancy capacity, for example as an expert witness. I am currently working on cutting edge research into knife crime that should have national impact on policy and decision making.

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