Joanna Newman

Joanna Newman BSc, MSc

Associate Lecturer and Doctoral Researcher


Throughout my PhD, I am exploring the difficulties people in romantic relationships experienced during the Covid-19 lockdowns and how they coped with such difficulties. I then go on to examine what risk and protective factors can predict intimate partner violence in times of crisis, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, natural disasters and economic crashes.

I also have active engagement with externally funded research projects, exploring Reducing Reoffending packages, domestic violence prevention strategies, and violence reduction interventions.

I teach mainly in Psychology but also on the Criminology and Psychology course.



Associate Lecturer


Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

College of Social Sciences and Arts

As part of my PhD I am conducting three rounds of interviews with participants that faced difficulties in their romantic relationships during the Covid-19 lockdown stay-at-home orders. I am currently completing a systematic review into the risk and protective factors for intimate partner violence during a time of crisis. The latter end of my thesis will examine risk and protective factors for intimate partner violence in the UK during Covid-19.


Courses taught:

 - Psychology
 - Criminology and Psychology


Modules taught:

 - L4 Psychology Practicals and Statistics
 - L4 Forensic Mental Health
 - L5 Research Methods Training
 - L5 Living with Justice
 - L5 Offenders and Offending
 - L5 Witnesses and Victims: Forensic Psychology in Practice
 - L6 Criminology and Psychology Dissertation (supervisory role)



 Three Police domestic abuse projects investigating an online reporting tool, scene attenders and smart water.

Alongside my PhD, I have worked on N8 funded research projects looking at domestic violence reporting methods and intervention strategies, as well as conducting an evaluation of the Home Office's South Yorkshire violence reduction unit.

I am currently working with an external research company and the Ministry of Justice evaluating the reducing reoffending package.


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