Dr Ruth Hatcher

Lecturer
PhD in Forensic Psychology (University of Liverpool)

Research groups: Psychology and Well-being
Email: rmh12@le.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3727

 

Personal details

I am a Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Behaviour. I hold Chartership with, and am an Associated Fellow of, the British Psychological Society and am a HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist. I have also achieved Senior Fellowship status with the Higher Education Authority.

I am the co-Lead of the Leicester Prisons Research Network and the co-Lead of the Health, Well-Being and Disease in Prisons Theme within the Network.

Research

My research utilises mixed methods and comprises two overarching strands:

1. Offender management, rehabilitation, and outcomes from secure and community settings. Ongoing projects involve an evaluation of the Drug Recovery Prison at HMP Holme House and the evaluation of the digitalisation of prisons (both project funded by the Ministry of Justice), . Previous work has included the evaluation of cognitive skills programmes for offenders within community and custodial settings, incorporating outcome and process evaluation. The investigation of the correlates of and reasons for attrition from offending behaviour programmes. Offender's perspectives of their contact with prison and probation during their sentence.

2. Technology Facilitated Violence e.g. cyberbullying, sexting, online sexual victimisation including image based sexual abuse. In particular, I have undertaken work public attitudes to victims of such victimisation.

Research group and funding

  • Ministry of Justice (July 2018, £120,000). Impact Evaluation of Digital Technology in Prisons (with Dr. Emma Palmer and Dr. Matt Tonkin).
  • Ministry of Justice (July 2018, £100,000). Process Evaluation of the Drug Recovery Prison (with Dr. Tammy Ayres and Dr. Emma Palmer).
  • British Psychological Society (July 2017, £3000). Funding for a Research Seminar Series on "Developing theory, research, and evidence-based practice in responding to Technology Facilitated Sexual Violence" (with Dr. Kate Walker, Coventry University).
  • Health Foundation (2016; £94,600). Public Sector Failure: Lessons for Healthcare Policy Makers. (with Dr. Ceri Jones, Dr. Emma Palmer, Dr. Heather Flowe, Dr. Michelle O'Reilly & Dr. J. Maltby)
  • 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).

Teaching

I teach undergraduate classes on various forensic psychological topics on undergraduate degrees in psychology.

I supervise undergraduate and masters level research projects across a variety of topics.

Selected Publications

Hatcher, R. M., McGuire, J., Palmer, E. J., & Hollin, C. R. (in preparation). The impact of offending behaviour programme dosage on reconviction.

Walker, K., Sleath, E., Crookes, B, Hatcher, R. M., & Hine, B. (in press). Non-consensual sharing of private sexually explicit media amongst university students. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Hatcher, R. M., & Roberts, A. (2019). The predictive utility of the Corrections Victoria Treatment Readiness Questionnaire: Is it possible to predict attrition from offending behaviour programmes using internal readiness factors? International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 63, 1066-1081.

Hatcher, R. M. (2017). Risk assessment and offender behaviour programmes. In G. M. Davies and A. Beech. Forensic Psychology: Crime, law and interventions. Third edition. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Hollin, C. R., & Hatcher, R. M. (2017). 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.

Maltby, J., Day, L., Hatcher, R., Tazzyman, S., Flowe, H. D., Palmer, E. J., Frosch, C. A., O’Reilly, M., Jones, C., Buckley, C., Knieps, M., & Cutts, K.. (2016). Implicit theories of online trolling: Evidence that attention-seeking conceptions are associated with increased psychological resilience. British Journal of Psychology, 107, 448-466.

Palmer, E. J., Hatcher, R. M., McGuire, J., & Hollin, C. R. (2015). Cognitive skills programs for female offenders in the community: Effect on reconviction. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 42, 345-360.

Hollin, C. R., Palmer, E. J., & Hatcher, R. M. (2013). Efficacy of correctional cognitive skills programmes. In L. A. Craig, L. Dixon, and T. A. Gannon. What works in offender rehabilitation. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

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., 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. (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., 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.

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.

Bull, R., Cooke, C., Hatcher, R., Woodhams, J., Bilby, C. & Grant, T. (2006). Criminal psychology: A beginner’s guide. Oxford, England: Oneworld Publications.

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.

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. London: Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate.

Hatcher, R., & Bilby, C.  (2004).  Evaluation of the general offending pathfinder programmes.  VISTA:  Perspectives on Probation, 8, 137-145.

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.

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.

Hatcher, R. (2001). XI European Conference of Psychology and Law. Forensic Update, 67, 30-32.

McGuire, J. & Hatcher, R. (2001). Offence focused problem solving: Preliminary evaluation of a cognitive skills program. Criminal Justice and Behaviour, 28, 564-587.

Supervision

Current PhD students

  • Karla-Dee Churchill (Cross College Studentship - jointly supervised with Dr. Matt Tonkin, Department of Criminology) - Ready or Not? Understanding the factors that impact on offender treatment readiness in prison, forensic hospital and community settings.
  • Caroline Falgate - A prospective longitudinal study of short sentenced prisoners.
  • Jodie Westhead - Long term follow up of forensic patients discharged from medium secure unit - reconviction and readmission.

I would be interested in supervising PhD study in any of the areas listed above. Learn more about how to apply here.

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