Dr Emma Palmer


Dr Emma Palmer

Personal details

  • MA (Cambridge) PhD (Birmingham)


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, aggression and offending, with specific reference to social cognition
  • Victimisation and psychological well-being, including online behaviours (e.g. cyberbullying, etc.)
  • Interventions to reduce offending and the evaluation of these interventions

I am also a member of a University of Leicester funded Prisons Research Network

Research Funding

Ministry of Justice: [2018-2020; £100k] The Drug Recovery Prison at HMP Holme House (with T. Ayres & R. Hatcher)

Ministry of Justice: [2018-2019; £120k] Digital prisons (with R. Hatcher & M. Tonkin)

Home Office: [2017; 30k] Prevent Innovation Fund projects with young people with mental health conditions (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 on 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 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, aggression and offending; victimisation; and forensic psychology in general.


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).

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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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Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour
University of Leicester
University Road

T: +44 (0)116 252 2922
E: npbenquiries@le.ac.uk


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