Staff profile

Dr Joanna Adhikari

Lecturer in Criminal Psychology

Staff Profile


Social Sciences


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Criminology and Social Sciences


One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



I am a lecturer in Criminal Psychology with research interests in the areas of aggression and impulsivity, domestic abuse perpetration and victimisation, coercive control, and safeguarding adult and child victims of domestic abuse and risk assessing.

From conducting mixed-method research designs Joanna has experience in interviewing adult and child research participants, rapport building, large-scale questionnaire studies, SPSS, Qualtrics, NVivo, EPrime, Visio, interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), narrative and thematic analysis as well as using creative strategies with child participants, such as art and sand-play. Joanna is 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 spent time as an Appropriate Adult, which involves providing additional support to vulnerable adults and children in police custody during their police interviews, as well as being a project worker in supported housing, working with adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

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Recent publications

Coxhead, J. & Adhikari, J.E.V. (2018, April 5th). The Research Inspector: Beyond the DASH (Executive Feature). Police Professional, Issue 600