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Dr Kate Whitfield CPsychol

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

Summary

I joined the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics at Sheffield Hallam University in 2015. Prior to this, I held a lectureship in Investigative Psychology at Birmingham City University (2014-2015), a lectureship in Forensic Psychology at the University of Nottingham (2012-2014), and a research fellowship in Forensic Psychology at the University of Nottingham (2010-2012).

My research interests tend to focus on child protection, domestic abuse, crisis negotiation, hate crime, forensic organisational issues, identification of risk, and critical and major incident management

  • About

    I hold a BA (Psychology and English) and BA (Hons) Psychology, both from Rhodes University in South Africa, as well as an MSc in Investigative Psychology and a PhD in Forensic Psychology, both from the University of Liverpool. My PhD thesis focused on police leadership during critical and major incident management.

    I joined the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics at Sheffield Hallam University in 2015. Prior to this, I held a lectureship in Investigative Psychology at Birmingham City University (2014-2015), a lectureship in Forensic Psychology at the University of Nottingham (2012-2014), and a research fellowship in Forensic Psychology at the University of Nottingham (2010-2012).

    My research interests tend to focus on child protection, domestic abuse, crisis negotiation, hate crime, forensic organisational issues, identification of risk, and critical and major incident management.

    My main teaching interests are in the areas of Forensic Psychology, Social Psychology, and Developmental Psychology. I supervise a number of undergraduate and postgraduate research dissertations, usually in the area of Forensic Psychology, as well as several PhD students.

    Academic and Professional Qualifications

    BA Psychology and English, Rhodes University, South Africa

    BA (Hons) Psychology, Rhodes University, South Africa

    MSc Investigative Psychology, University of Liverpool

    PhD Forensic Psychology, University of Liverpool   

    Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)

    Senior Lecturer

    My research interests tend to focus on child protection, domestic abuse, crisis negotiation, hate crime, forensic organisational issues, identification of risk, and critical and major incident management.

  • Teaching

    Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

    Social Sciences and Humanities

    Psychology

    BSc (Hons) Psychology
    BSc (Hons) Criminology & Psychology
    MSc Psychology

    Forensic Psychology (Level 5 & Level 6) -  Module Leader

    Living with Justice (Level 5) - Joint Module Leader

    Offenders and Offending (Level 5) - Joint Module Leader

    Psychology Research Project (Level 6)

    Research Dissertation (Level 7)

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Gerard, F.J., Whitfield, K., & Browne, K.D. (2017). Exploration of crime-scene characteristics in juvenile homicide in the French-speaking part of Belgium. Journal of interpersonal violence. http://doi.org/10.1177/0886260517702489

    Gerard, F.J., Whitfield, K.C., Porter, L.E., & Browne, K.D. (2016). Offender and offence characteristics of school shooting incidents. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 13 (1), 22-38. http://doi.org/10.1002/jip.1439

    Gerard, F.J., Browne, K.D., & Whitfield, K. (2015). Gender comparison of young people charged with murder in England and Wales. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. http://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X15596387

    Gerard, F.J., Jackson, V., Chou, S., Whitfield, K.C., & Browne, K.D. (2014). An exploration of the current knowledge on young people who kill: a systematic review. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 19 (5), 559-571. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.avb.2014.07.002

    Alison, L.J., Doran, B., Eyre, M., Mullins, S., Roocroft, J., & Whitfield, K.C. (2007). Decision-Making, Leading and Responding to Stress in Critical Incidents. Forensic Update, 88, 39-43. http://www.bps.org.uk/publications/member-network-publications/member-publications/forensic-update

    Book chapters

    Alison, L., Crego, J., Whitfield, K.C., Caddick, A., & Cataudo, L. (n.d.). Leading, co-operation and context in Hydra syndicates. In Alison, L., & Crego, J. (Eds.) Policing Critical Incidents: Leadership and Critical Incident Management. (pp. 95-123). Cullompton: Willan

    Whitfield, K.C., Alison, L., & Crego, J. (n.d.). Command, control and support in critical incidents. In Alison, L., & Crego, J. (Eds.) Policing Critical Incidents: Leadership and Critical Incident Management. (pp. 81-94). Cullompton: Willan

  • Other activities

    I am also a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a general member of the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology.

    I received the Chief Constable's Certificate of Merit

  • Postgraduate supervision

    Child Grooming: Predicting level of risk to prioritise offenders.

    Juvenile Homicide: Exploration of the crime scene, offender and victim characteristics, using data from England, Wales, Belgium and the Czech Republic.

    Boundary violations between staff and clients in healthcare and forensic settings.

    The relationship between interrogative suggestibility, intellectual disability and personality disorder.

    An exploration of staff burnout in medium secure forensic settings.

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