Karla Churchill

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Karla Churchill

Karla is a full-time PhD student at the School of Criminology and Psychology at the University of Leicester, supervised by Dr Matthew Tonkin and Dr Ruth Hatcher. Prior to starting her PhD in September 2017, Karla completed her BSc Psychology degree at Wolverhampton University in 2012, graduating with first class honours. She later completed her MSc Forensic Psychology degree at Birmingham City University, graduating with a distinction in 2014. Since graduating from her Masters, Karla has spent time working within both secure forensic services and the NHS as an Assistant Psychologist.

PhD Research

Karla’s doctoral research is focused on investigating the factors which contribute towards offender’s readiness to engage in and complete rehabilitation treatment programmes within Prisons and Community settings. Being the first known research project of its kind to explore offender readiness within UK Prisons and Community settings, the research project aims to test the previously un-tested leading theoretical Multifactor Offender Readiness Model of offender readiness using the application of qualitative and quantitative methods

The findings of this research will thereby shape the development of new theory and guide policy and practice in forensic settings, whilst also provide practitioners with appropriate methods to assess treatment readiness, thereby reducing inappropriate treatment referrals, preventing dropout and ensuring that the public are better protected from reoffending.

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The School of Criminology
152-154 Upper New Walk

T: +44 (0)116 252 2458
E: criminology@le.ac.uk


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