Joanna Adhikari

Position: Lecturer in Criminal Psychology

College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department: Law, Criminology and Social Sciences

Subject area: Criminology

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About

I am a lecturer in Criminal Psychology and my research interests are in the areas of perpetration and victimisation in domestic abuse, coercive control, safeguarding, aggression, impulsivity, and risk assessments.

My PhD research project is entitled: "The assessment of impulsivity and aggression and their contribution to risk in domestic abuse"  which uses a mixed method research design. I have experience in questionnaire studies, SPSS, Qualtrics, NVivo, EPrime, Visio, interviewing skills for qualitative research, interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), narrative and thematic analysis. 

I am also a trustee at the Rosalie Ryrie Foundation in Wakefield, a charity who aims to break the cycle of controlling, abusive and conforming behaviours in families. In addition, I have also spent some time as an Appropriate Adult, which involves providing additional support to vulnerable adults and children in police custody during their police interviews. I have also spent time as a project worker in supported housing, working with adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

Teaching responsibilities

Developing the Criminal Psychologist (Level 4), The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour and Criminal Justice (Level 7), Victimology (Level 5)

Membership of professional bodies

Member of the British Psychological Society

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Qualifications

PG Cert in Higher Education (Leeds Trinity University)

PG Cert in Research Methods in Psychology (Sheffield Hallam University)

MSc Forensic Psychology (Sheffield Hallam University)

BSc (Hons) Psychology (Sheffield Hallam University)

Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies concentrating in Psychology (Northern Kentucky University)

Recent conferences

Conference Paper Presentations

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.

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