Skip to content

Oliver Merry

Dr Oliver Merry BSc., MSc., QTS., PhD.

Lecturer of Forensic Psychology


Currently, my main role is the acting course leader for the BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychology undergraduate course. In this role I oversee the experience all students studying on this course and contribute to the module leading and teaching. I am also research active in the area of child protection, specifically focusing on the investigation of child sexual exploitation offences. In this capacity, I have worked with a range of UK police forces, the National Crime Agency, Home Office, and UK charities (such as the NSPCC).


I originally completed my BSc in Criminology and Psychology here at Hallam between 2010-2013, winning the student of the year award at graduation. I later completed my MSc Investigative Psychology at the University of Huddersfield in 2016 where I was awarded the Chancellor's prize. I completed my PhD in early 2020 with a programme of research entitled "Child Grooming: Predicting Level of Risk to Prioritise Offenders". Currently I am studying for my PGCert in Higher Education Teaching.


Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Forensic and Investigative Research (FaIR).

BSc Psychology, BSc Criminology & Psychology, MSc Forensic Psychology.

Psychology for Criminologists

Living with Justice

Forensic Psychology

Theories of Criminal Behaviour

Investigative Psychology


2022-2024: Protecting public-facing professionals and their dependents online (3PO), funded by UK Research and Innovation

2021-2023: Pilot and Feasibility Study for ‘Step Up’, funded by Youth Futures Foundation

2021: South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit Evaluation, funded by South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

2021: Guidebook for First Responders of Child Sexual Exploitation Victims: Project GRACE, funded by European Commission

2019-2021: Investigating the Risk of Sexual Harm to Young People who Engage in Competitive Online Gaming and eSports, funded by National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

2016-2020: Child Grooming: Predicting Level of Risk to Prioritise Offenders, funded by Sheffield Hallam University

2016-2017: Fighting International Internet Paedophilia (FIIP2), funded by the Home Office.

Postgraduate supervision

2021-2024: Online behaviour and risk of sexual harm associated with online gaming, funded by Sheffield Hallam University

2020-2023: Families in Crisis: Family Relationships, Abuse and Coping during the Covid-19 Lockdowns, funded by Sheffield Hallam University

Share this page

Cancel event

Are you sure you want to cancel your place on Saturday 12 November?