Dr Henriette Bergstrøm

Henriette Bergstrom

Position: Lecturer in Criminology

College: College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences

Department: Criminology

Subject area: Criminology

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About

I am a Lecturer in the Psychology of Criminal Investigations.

I've has previously conducted research on topics such as victims of psychopaths, psychopathy and false confessions, and attitudes toward punishment, and am well rehearsed in all areas of criminal psychology. My main research is on psychopathy, serious violent and sexual offenders, as well as risk assessment. I have presented work at multiple peer-reviewed international conferences, and am engaged in multiple international research projects.

My PhD research was on the stability of psychopathic traits and predictors of stability and change across a period of 40 years. With valuable assistance from the rest of the criminology team, I have led the development of the BSc in Criminal Psychology.

Teaching responsibilities

Criminal Psychology, Psychopathy, Applied Criminal Justice, Independent Studies.

Research interests

Criminal Psychology, psychopathy, life-course and developmental criminology, interrogative compliance. 

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • The British Psychological Society (Chartered member)

Qualifications

  • PhD
  • MPhil (Cantab)

Recent publications

  • Bergstrøm, H., Forth, A.E., & Farrington, D. P. (2016). The Psychopath: Continuity or Change? Stability of Psychopathic Traits and Predictors of Stability (Chapter 6). In Kapardis, A. and Farrington, D.P. (Eds.) The Psychology of Crime, Policing and Courts. London: Routledge
  • Bergstrøm, H. (in press). Antisocial Personality Disorder. To appear in C. Schreck  M. J. Leiber, K. Welch, & H. Ventura  (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Juvenile Delinquency and Justice. New York, NY: Wiley-Blackwell. 
  • Farrington, D. P. & Bergstrøm, H. (in press). Family background and psychopathy. To appear in C. J. Patrick (Eds.), Handbook of Psychopathy (2nd Ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press. 
  • Forth, A.E., Bergstrøm, H. & Clark, H. (2015). Psychopathy in youth: What do we know? Assessment and Implications. In C. B. Gacono (Ed.). The Clinical and Forensic Assessment of psychopathy: A Practitioner’s Guide (2nd Ed.) (pp. 115-136). New York, NY: Routledge
  • Larmour, S.; Bergstrøm, H.; Gillen, C.T., & Forth, A. E. (2015). Behind the Confession: Relating False Confession, Interrogative Compliance, Personality Traits and Psychopathy. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 30, 94-102.

Recent conferences

Symposium presentations

  • Bergstrøm, H., & Farrington, D. P. (submitted and accepted). Early psychopathic traits and the life course: Stability, risk, and life success. Submitted to the Life History Research Society Meeting 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 25-28
  • Bergstrøm, H., Farrington, D. P., & Forth, A. (2015). «It’s all relative»: The relative stability of psychopathic traits from childhood to middle age in the CSDD. Presented at the 2015 American Society of Criminology Meeting in Washington, United States, November 17-20
  • Bergstrøm, H., Forth, A., & Farrington, D. P. (2015). Individual level stability of psychopathic traits. Presented at the 2015 European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL) in Nuremberg, Germany, August 4-7.
  • Bergstrøm, H., Forth, A., & Farrington, D. P. (2014). Can Psychopaths Change? An investigation of moderators of psychopathic traits. Presented at the 2014 American Society of Criminology Meeting in San Francisco, United States, November 19-22.
  • Bergstrøm, H., Forth, A., & Farrington, D. P. (2013). Rank-order stability of psychopathic traits from childhood to early adolescence: Results from the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development. Panel: Recent Research from the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development. Presented at the Stockholm Criminology Symposium in Stockholm, Sweden, June 10-12.
  • Bergstrøm, H., Gillen, C. & Forth, A. (2012). Interrogative compliance and taking the blame: the role of personality and psychopathic traits. Symposium: Police Investigations: Experimental Research with Real-World Implications. Presented at the Canadian Psychological Association’s 73rd annual convention in Halifax, Canada, June 14-16.

Selected poster presentations

  • Bergstrøm, H., Larmour, S., Gillen, C., & Forth, A. (2015). The relationship between psychopathic traits and interrogative compliance: “it’s complicated”. Poster presented at the Society of the Scientific Study of Psychopathy’s Biannual Meeting in Chicago, U.S.A., June 25-27.
  • Bergstrøm, H., Forth, A., & Farrington (2015). Absolutely stable? The mean-level stability of psychopathic traits from childhood to middle-age. Poster presented at the 3rd North American Correctional and Criminal Justice Psychology Conference in Ottawa, Canada, June 4-6
  • Forth, A. & Bergstrøm, H. (2012). Interrogative compliance: what are the personality traits that foster compliance? Poster presented at the American Psychology – Law Society conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 14-17.
  • Bergstrøm, H. & Forth, A. (2011). Involvement with psychopaths – the effect on relationship with others. Poster presented at the Society of the Scientific Study of Psychopathy’s Biannual Meeting in Montreal, Canada, May 19-21.

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