Dr Ruth Hatcher




Ruth is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and is HPC registered. 

Ruth is a member of the Social, Developmental and Applied Sciences research group.

 

Ruth Hatcher

Qualifications :

BA (Hons) Psychology (University of Sheffield), MSc Forensic Psychology(University of Canterbury at Kent), PhD in Forensic Psychology (University of Liverpool), CPsychol, AFBPsS, Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC).

Research interests

  • evaluation of offending behaviour programmes within community and custodial settings, including outcome evaluation and process evaluation
  • the investigation of the correlates of and reasons for attrition from offending behaviour programmes (PhD thesis available here)
  • offender's perspectives of their contact with prison and probation during their sentence
  • the investigation of the effects on staff of working with forensic populations
  • bullying and aggressive behaviour within prison settings

 

 Research funding


  • British Academy (June 2011, £7107) An investigation of attrition from the Enhanced Thinking Skills programme: a reconviction analysis.

  • Ministry of Justice (August 2007, £116,000) Development of an offender feedback questionnaire for the Ministry of Justice (with Ms. C. Bilby, Dr. D. Jolliffe, Dr. S. Hodgkinson).

  • Northern Ireland Office (June 2006, £3,098) An extension of the project to evaluate offending behaviour programmes for the Northern Ireland Prison Service and the Probation Board of Northern Ireland (Principal Investigator with Ms. C. Bilby, Prof. C. Hollin, Dr. E. Palmer, Prof. J. McGuire).

  • Northern Ireland Office (June 2005; £79,345) Evaluation of Offending Behaviour Programmes for the Northern Ireland Prison Service and the Probation Board of Northern Ireland (with Ms. C. Bilby, Prof Clive Hollin, Dr Emma Palmer; Prof James McGuire).

  • Department for Education and Skills: [2003-2006; £383,050] with CRG, Prof. C. Hollin and Dr. Emma Palmer, University of Leicester and Prof. M. Maguire, Cardiff University to evaluate Positive Activities for Young People programme.  (£20,000 was set aside for the involvement of the research team from University of Leicester).


Recent Publications


  • A        Books
  • Bull, R., Cooke, C., Hatcher, R., Woodhams, J., Bilby, C. & Grant, T. (2006). Criminal psychology: A beginner’s guide. Oxford, England: Oneworld Publications.
  • B.      Chapters in books
  • Hollin, C. R., Palmer, E. J., & Hatcher, R. M. (in press). Efficacy of correctional cognitive skills programmes. In L. A. Craig, L. Dixon, and T. A. Gannon. What works in offender rehabilitation.
  • Hollin, C. R., & Hatcher, R. M. (2013). Working with young offenders. In K. D. Browne, A. R. Beech, and L. A. Craig. Assessments in forensic practice: A handbook. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Hatcher, R. M. (2012). Risk assessment and offender behaviour programmes. In G. M. Davies and A. Beech. Forensic Psychology. Second edition. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Hollin, C. R., Palmer, E. P., & Hatcher, R. M. (2010). Sexual offences again children. In F. Brookman, T. Bennett, M. Maguire, and H. Pierpoint. Handbook on crime. Cullompton, Devon: Willan.
  • Hollin, C. R., Hatcher, R. M., & Palmer, E. P. (2010). Sexual offences against adults. In F. Brookman, T. Bennett, M. Maguire, and H. Pierpoint. Handbook on crime. Cullompton, Devon: Willan.
  • Palmer, E. P., Hollin, C. R., Hatcher, R. M., & Ayres, T. (2010). Arson. In F. Brookman, T. Bennett, M. Maguire, and H. Pierpoint. Handbook on crime. Cullompton, Devon: Willan.
  • Hatcher, R. M. (2008). Psychological skills in working with offenders. In G. M. Davies, R. Bull and C. R. Hollin. Forensic Psychology. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Hatcher, R. M. & Hollin, C. R. (2005).The identification and management of anti-social and offending behaviour. In J. Winstone and F. Pakes (Eds.) Community justice: Issues for probation and criminal justice. Cullompton, Devon: Willan.
  • C.      Peer reviewed articles
  • Hatcher, R. M., & Roberts, A. (submitted). The predictive utility of the Corrections Victoria Treatment Readiness Questionnaire: Is it possible to predict attrition from offending behaviour programmes from internal readiness factors?.
  • Hatcher, R. M., McGuire, J., Bilby, C. A. L., Palmer, E. J., & Hollin, C. R. (2012). Methodological considerations in the evaluation of offender interventions: The problem of attrition. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 56, 447-464.
  • Palmer, E. J., Hatcher, R. M., McGuire, J., Bilby, C. A. L., & Hollin, C. R. (2012). The effect on reconviction of an intervention for drink-driving offenders in the community. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 56, 528-538.
  • Palmer, E. J., Hatcher, R. M., McGuire, J., Bilby, C. A. L., Ayres, T. C. & Hollin, C. R. (2011). Evaluation of the Addressing Substance-Related Offending (ASRO) Program for Substance-Using Offenders in the Community. Substance Use and Misuse, 46, 1072-1080.
  • Hatcher, R. M. & Noakes, S. (2010). Working with sex offenders: The impact on Australian treatment providers. Psychology, Crime and Law, 16, 145-167. 
  • Needham, I., Fraunenfelder, F., Gianni, C., & Hatcher R. M. (2010). The psychological impact of aggression on a sample of psychiatric nurses in Germany and Switzerland. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector, 107-110.
  • Nelson, A., Woodhams, J. A., & Hatcher, R. M. (2010). Female prisoners’ explanations of bullying in prison and their methods of coping: A multinational perspective. Psychology, Crime and Law, 16, 649-670.
  • Palmer, E. J., Jinks, M., & Hatcher, R. M. (2010). Substance use, mental health, and relationships: A comparison of male and female offenders serving community sentences. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 33, 89-93
  • Woodhams, J., & Hatcher, R. M. (2010). Introductory Comments to the Special Issue: Contemporary Perspectives on Sex Offending, Its Assessment, and Treatment. Psychology, Crime and Law, 16, 1-3.
  • Palmer, E. J., McGuire, J., Hatcher, R. M., Hounsome, J. C., Bilby, C. A. L., & Hollin, C. R. (2009). Allocation to offending behavior programs in the English and Welsh Probation Service. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 36, 909-922.
  • Hatcher, R. M., Palmer, E. J., McGuire, J., Hounsome, J. C., Bilby, C. A. L. & Hollin, C. R. (2008). Aggression Replacement Training with adult male offenders within community settings: A reconviction analysis. Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 19, 517-532.
  • Hollin, C. R., McGuire, J., Hounsome, J., Hatcher, R., Bilby, C., & Palmer, E. J. (2008). Cognitive skills offending behaviour programmes in the community: A reconviction analysis. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 35, 269-283.
  • McGuire, J., Bilby, C., Hatcher, R. M., Hollin, C. R., Hounsome, J., Palmer, E. J. (2008). Evaluation of structured cognitive-behavioural treatment programmes in reducing criminal recidivism. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 4, 21-40.
  • Palmer, E. J., McGuire, J., Hatcher, R. M., Hounsome, J., Bilby, C. A. L., & Hollin, C. R. (2008). The importance of appropriate allocation to offending behaviour programmes. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 52, 206-221.
  • Palmer, E. J., McGuire, J., Hounsome, J., Hatcher, R., Bilby, C., & Hollin, C. R. (2007). Offending behaviour programmes in the community: The effects on reconviction of three programmes with adult male offenders. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 12, 251-264.
  • Hatcher, R., & Bilby, C.  (2004).  Evaluation of the general offending pathfinder programmes.  VISTA:  Perspectives on Probation, 8, 137-145.
  • McGuire, J. & Hatcher, R. (2001). Offence focused problem solving: Preliminary evaluation of a cognitive skills program. Criminal Justice and Behaviour, 28(5), 564-587.
  • C.      Articles in preparation
  • Hatcher, R. M., McGuire, J., Palmer, E. J., & Hollin, C. R. (in preparation). The impact of offending behaviour programme dosage on reconviction. 
  • Hatcher, R. M. (in preparation). Attrition from community based offending behaviour programmes: A needs analysis (working title).
  • Hatcher, R. M. (in preparation). Attrition from community based offending behaviour programmes: A psychometric analysis (working title).
  • Hatcher, R. M. (in preparation). Attrition from community based offending behaviour programmes: the contribution of organisational factors (working title).
  • Palmer, E. J., Hatcher, R. M., McGuire, J., Bilby, C. A. L., & Hollin, C. R. (in preparation). Evaluation of the effect on reconviction of cognitive skills programmes with female offenders in the community (working title).
  • D.      Published Reports
  • Hatcher, R., Bilby, C., Gunby, C., Hollin, C., Palmer, E., & McGuire, J. (2008). An evaluation of offending behaviour programmes within the Prison and Probation Services of Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Office Research and Statistical Series Report No. 17. Belfast: Northern Ireland Office.
  • Hollin, C. R., Palmer, E., McGuire, J., Hounsome, J., Hatcher, R., Bilby, C., & Clark, C.  (2004). Pathfinder Programmes in the Probation Service:  A retrospective analysis.  Home Office Online Report 66/04.  London:  Home Office.
  • Bilby, C., & Hatcher, R.  (2004). Early stages in the development of the Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme (IDAP): Implementing the Duluth domestic violence Pathfinder. Home Office Online Report 29/04.
  • Hollin, C. R., McGuire, J., Palmer, E. J., Bilby, C., Hatcher, R., & Holmes, A. (2002a).  Introducing Pathfinder programmes into the Probation Service: An interim report.  Home Office Research Study 247.  London: Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate.
  • Hollin, C. R., McGuire, J., Palmer, E. J., Bilby, C., Hatcher, R., & Holmes, A. (2002b).  Introducing Pathfinder programmes into the Probation Service.  Home Office Findings 177.  London: Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate.
  • Hollin, C. R., Palmer, E. J., McGuire, J., Bilby, C., Hatcher, R. and Holmes, A. (2002) Probation Offending Behaviour Programmes – effective practice guide. Home Office Development and Practice Report 2. London: Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate.
  • E.      Reports for grant funders
  • Bilby, C., Jolliffe, D., & Hatcher, R. (2008). Development and validation of an Offender Management Feedback Questionnaire: Final report. Grant report for the Ministry of Justice.
  • Jolliffe, D., Bilby, C., & Hatcher, R. (2008). Development and brief validation of an Offender Feedback Questionnaire. Grant report for the Ministry of Justice.
  • Bilby, C., Jolliffe, D., Hodgkinson, S., & Hatcher, R. (2007). Literature review on the development of offender experience and satisfaction questionnaires. Grant report for the Ministry of Justice.
  • Hatcher  R., Bilby, C., Gunby, C., Hollin, C., Palmer. E, & McGuire, J. (2007). An evaluation of offending behaviour programmes within the prisons and probation services of Northern Ireland: A synoptic report. Grant report for the Northern Ireland Office.
  • Hatcher  R., Bilby, C., Gunby, C., Hollin, C., Palmer. E, & McGuire, J. (2006). An evaluation of offending behaviour programmes within the prisons and probation services of Northern Ireland. Grant report for the Northern Ireland Office.
  • Pathfinder Evaluation Team (2005). Offending behaviour programmes evaluation prospective evaluation: Final report May 2005. Grant report for the Home Office, Research Development and Statistics Directorate.
  • Pathfinder Evaluation Team (2003). Preliminary Outcome Evaluation of the Crime Reduction Programme Pathfinder Project (Offending Behaviour): Duluth Domestic Violence programme. Grant report for the Home Office, Research Development and Statistics Directorate.
  • Pathfinder Evaluation Team (2003). Offending behaviour programmes evaluation prospective evaluation: Interim report July 2003. Interim grant report for the Home Office, Research Development and Statistics Directorate.
  • Pathfinder Evaluation Team (2003). Offending behaviour programmes evaluation retrospective evaluation: Interim report July 2003. Interim grant report for the Home Office, Research Development and Statistics Directorate.
  • Pathfinder Evaluation Team (2003). Duluth domestic violence research pathfinder process evaluation: Interim report. Interim grant report for the Home Office, Research Development and Statistics Directorate.
  • Pathfinder Evaluation Team (2002).  Priestley 1:1 programme integrity research project: General report.  Grant report for the Home Office, Research Development and Statistics Directorate..
  • Pathfinder Evaluation Team (2002).  Priestley 1:1 programme integrity research project: Surrey Probation Area: Interim Report.  Interim grant report for the Home Office, Research Development and Statistics Directorate.
  • Pathfinder Evaluation Team (2002).  Priestley 1:1 programme integrity research project: Warwickshire Probation Area: Interim Report.  Interim Grant Report for the Home Office, Research Development and Statistics Directorate.
  • Pathfinder Evaluation Team (2002).  Priestley 1:1 programme integrity research project: West Mercia Probation Area: Interim Report.  Interim Grant Report for the Home Office, Research Development and Statistics Directorate.
  • Pathfinder Evaluation Team (2002).  Priestley 1:1 programme integrity research project: Northumbria Probation Area: Interim Report.  Interim Grant Report for the Home Office, Research Development and Statistics Directorate.
  • Pathfinder Evaluation Team (2001).  A series of effective practice guides:  Priestley 1:1, Focus on Violence (Male), ART, DIDs, West Midlands SOTP, PRISM, ASRO programmes.
  • F.      Other Publications
  • Hatcher, R. (2001, October). XI European Conference of Psychology and Law. Forensic Update, 67, 30-32. 

PhD Supervision

 Current students:

  • Natalie Chalmers (First supervisor)
  • Claire Marsh (First supervisor)
  • Caroline Falgate (Second supervisor)
  • Rosie Travers (Second supervisor)
  • Suzila Ismail (Second supervisor)
  • I am always happy to discuss ideas with potential PhD students.

 

Teaching Activities

Module Convenor of the following modules on the MSc Forensic Psychology:

PS7222 Forensic Psychology in Practice

PS7230 Assessment and Treatment of Criminal Behaviour

PS7270 Dissertation Module

Also contributes to teaching on PS7221 Psychology of Criminal Behaviour

 

 

Contact Details

School of Psychology,
University of Leicester,
106 New Walk,
Leicester LE1 7EA
 
 Tel : +44 (0)116 252 3727 
 Fax: +44 (0)116 252 3994 
 E-mail: rmh12@le.ac.uk  

 

Office Hours

Monday - Wednesday

 

Research Days

Thursday and Friday