Dr Emma Palmer

Reader in Forensic Psychology

Dr Emma Palmer

Personal details

  • BA (Cambridge) PhD (Bham)

I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and Health & Care Professions Council registered forensic psychologist.

I am a member of the Correctional Services Advisory & Accreditation Panel (England & Wales) and previously sat on the Scottish Accreditation Panel for Offender Programmes (2008 - 2011).


My teaching is in the areas of forensic psychology, developmental psychology and statistics/research methods. I also supervise dissertations.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


My research interests include:

  • Development of antisocial behaviour and offending, with specific reference to social cognition and family factors
  • Interventions to reduce offending and the evaluation of these interventions
  • Risk and need in offender populations, including women offenders
  • Victimisation, including online behaviours (cyberbullying, etc)


In recent years I have held research grants with colleagues at the University of Leicester (Professor Clive Hollin, Dr Ruth Hatcher, Charlotte Bilby) and University of Liverpool (Professor James McGuire) to conduct evaluations of interventions to reduce reoffending.

Home Office: [2017; 30k] Evaluation and review of Prevent Innovation fund projects (with J. Maltby, M. O'Reilly & R. Dover)

Sentencing Council: [2016-2017; £95k] Evaluation of the Sentencing Council guidelines for robbery and sexual offences using mixed methods (with A. Carline, S. Kyd & M. Burton)

Health Foundation: [2015-2016: £94k] Public sector failure: Lessons for healthcare policy makers (with C. Jones, J. Maltby, R. Hatcher,  M. O'Reilly & H. Flowe)

Ministry of Justice: [2010-2011; £88,108] Outcome evaluation of the Together Women project (with C. Hedderman, C. Hollin & D. Jolliffe)

Ministry of Justice: [2008-2009; £98,625] Outcome evaluation feasibility study for the Together Women project (with C. Hedderman, C. Hollin & D. Jolliffe)

Home Office: [2007; £97,834] Action research evaluation of the Together Women project (with C. Hedderman & C. Hollin)

Northern Ireland Office: [2005-2006; £82,443] Evaluation of prison and community programmes for offenders (with R. Hatcher, C. Hollin, C. Bilby & J. McGuire)

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: [2003-2004; £35,508] Survey and evaluation of interventions with arsonists and young firesetters (with C. Hollin)

Home Office, Womens’ Policy Unit: [2002-2003; £16,800] Criminogenic factors among women offenders (with C. Hollin)

Home Office: [2000-2005; £628,649] Evaluation of offending behaviour programmes in the Probation Service (with C. Hollin, C. Bilby & J. McGuire)


I currently supervise seven PhD and PsyD students as first supervisor (6 x part time; 1 x full time).

I am happy to discuss ideas with potential PhD students in the area of antisocial behaviours, offending and forensic psychology in general.

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Contact Details

Department of Neuroscience, Psychology & Behaviour

University of Leicester

Centre for Medicine

Lancaster Road

Leicester  LE1 7HA

Tel:    +44 (0)116 229 7048

Email: ejp8@le.ac.uk


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