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Joanna Adhikari

Lecturer in Criminal Psychology


Criminology and Policing


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Criminology and Social Sciences, Derby Law School


One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



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.

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