Staff profile

Dr Joanna Adhikari


Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Staff Profile

Subject

Criminology, Social Sciences

College

College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

ORCiD ID

0000-0002-4137-053X

Campus

One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus

Email

j.adhikari@derby.ac.uk

About

I am a senior lecturer in Criminology with research interests in areas including The Dark Tetrad personality traits, as well as aggression and impulsivity, safeguarding adult and child victims of domestic abuse, risk assessment, and improving outcomes for children in care. 

I have a background in forensic psychology and social sciences research. From conducting mixed-method research designs, I have experience in interviewing adult and child research participants, rapport building, interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), narrative and thematic analysis as well as using creative strategies with child participants, such as art and sand-play. I am also a trustee at the Rosalie Ryrie Foundation in Wakefield, a charity that aims to break the cycle of controlling, abusive, and conforming behaviours in families. In addition, I have worked with vulnerable adults and children in both police custody, and in supported housing.

Teaching responsibilities

Programme leader for the BSc (Hons) Criminology

PhD Supervisor

Module Leader:

  • Social Research Methods
  • Real World Criminology
  • Dissertation Supervisor

Membership of professional bodies

  • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • MSc Forensic Psychology
  • PG Cert in Research Methods in Psychology
  • PG Cert in Higher Education
  • PhD

Recent conferences

Adhikari, J.K., Smith, P., Elmer, S.  (2017). The assessment of impulsivity and aggression and their contribution to victim-perception risk in domestic abuse. Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Conference. London, Ontario, Canada.18th-19th October.

Adhikari, J.K., Smith, P., Elmer, S. (2017). Self-reports and perceptions of partners on measures of aggression, impulsivity and experiences of domestic abuse. British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference. Bristol.13th-15th June.

Adhikari, J.K. (2017). The assessment of impulsivity and aggression and their contribution to risk in domestic abuse. Integrating Research and Practice to Combat Violence and Interpersonal Aggression Conference. Coventry, UK. 8th -9th June.

Adhikari, J.K. (2016). Partner experiences of risk, aggression and impulsivity in domestic abuse: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. North East Crime Research Network. Newcastle, UK. 7th April.

Poster Presentations

Adhikari, J.K. (2016). "Everything became about keeping him happy, keeping him calm": How survivors make sense of risk, impulsivity and aggression in domestic abuse. British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology, 25th Annual Conference. Brighton, UK. 14th-16th June.

Adhikari, J.K., Smith, P., Elmer, S. (2015). Partner experiences of risk, aggression and impulsivity in domestic abuse: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse. Worcester, UK. 17th June.

Recent publications

  • Harris, K., Adhikari, J., & Wallace, L. (2022). Analysing the discursive psychology used within digital media to influence public opinions concerning female child-killers. The Journal of Concurrent Disorders. 05/01/2022.
  • Hughes, S., & Adhikari, J. (2021). Time wasters? The Dark Tetrad and active procrastination. Journal of Individual Differences,1-6. https://doi.org/10.1027/1614-0001/a000357  
  • Hughes, S., Adhikari, J., & Goulding, K. (2021). Darker Deals? Male Dark Tetrad preferences for female sex worker services. Heliyon, e07389. http://hdl.handle.net/10545/625868 
  • Nunn, A., Turner, R., Adhikari, J., & Brooks, C. (2021). Derbyshire Virtual School: Creative Mentoring Programme Final Report. University of Derby. http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.21498.00967 
  • Spenser, K.A., Childs, C., & Adhikari, J. (2021). WAF0042 - Inquiry: Women in the Armed Forces: From Recruitment to Civilian Life. UK Parliament
  • Coxhead, J. & Adhikari, J.E.V. (2018, April 5). The Research Inspector: Beyond the DASH (Executive Feature). Police Professional, Issue 600