I am the Course Leader for BSc Psychology and Sociology and Module Leader for both postgraduate and undergraduate modules.
I completed my PhD at the University of Central Lancashire in 2009. In 2008 I began a lectureship at Sheffield Hallam University and I am now a Senior Lecturer. I have held a range of roles during my time at SHU, including first year tutor for the BSc Psychology and Sociology degree, Psychology Careers Tutor, and undergraduate and postgraduate module leaderships. I am currently Course Leader for BSc Psychology and Sociology. I am involved in a number of research projects with colleagues internal and external to the University. I am a Chartered Member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a General Member of the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Forensic psychology, understanding criminal behaviour, the psychology of stalking and harassment behaviour, particularly involving ex- partners, other relationship behaviours, such as partner violence and controlling behaviour, and associated personality variables.
Social Sciences and Arts
I helped to design and now teach on the innovative Witnesses and Victims module. This module is delivered entirely as a case simulation and uses examples from the case to explore module-relevant psychological issues, such as cognitive biases in witness interpretations of crime scenes, and interviewing child witnesses/victims.
Psychology and Sociology
BSc Psychology and Sociology
I teach students at undergraduate and postgraduate level on a range of modules, and I particularly enjoy teaching forensic psychology as this is my research area. I am Module Leader at undergraduate level for the Forensic Psychology module. This is a popular elective module in final year, and includes exploration of issues relating to the psychology of criminal behaviour and investigative psychology. I also helped to design and now teach on the innovative Witnesses and Victims module. This module is delivered entirely as a case simulation and uses examples from the case to explore module-relevant psychological issues, such as cognitive biases in witness interpretations of crime scenes, and interviewing child witnesses/victims.
I am involved in research that focuses on interpretations of ambiguous criminal incidents, and the role of narratives in influencing empathic behaviour towards offenders.
Newberry, M., & Ashton-Wigman, S. (2015). The Pathways Mentoring Scheme : an evaluation. Sheffield Hallam University.
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.
Baxter, A., Holland, R., Ashton-Wigman, S., & Coyle, G. (2011). Report to the Higher Education Academy Psychology Network Employability Grants Scheme: Career Mentoring Scheme for Psychology StudentsSheffield Hallam University. York: HE Academey Psychology Network.
I am currently working on a consultancy project with colleagues in the department, Dr Charlotte Coleman and Dr Michelle Newberry. We are working alongside the Domestic Abuse Priority Group based in Rotherham, including the Domestic Abuse Coordinator from the Safer Rotherham Partnership, on a project which explores the experiences of domestic violence victims.
I am currently second supervisor of a PhD at Sheffield Hallam (evaluating the effectiveness of a community mentoring programme for female offenders).