Staff profile

Dr Karin Spenser

Lecturer in Criminal Psychology

karin spenser


Social Sciences


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 have both academic and professional experience in criminal psychology. From an academic perspective my focus is quantitative research methods, the paradigms of psychology, working with offenders, and mentally disordered offenders. Professionally, I was involved in the rehabilitation of sex offenders, working for the Safer Living Foundation, based in one of Europe's largest sex offender treatment facilities.

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Professional interests

As well as being a Chartered Psychologist, I am an experienced magistrate, specialising in domestic violence and family matters.

Research interests

My PhD considered deficits in prosociality as a contributory factor to offending behaviour. I am also interested in:

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