Staff profile

Dr Laura Rayment

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

Laura Rayment




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Psychology





I began working for the University of Derby in 2014 as an Associate Academic, became a Lecturer in 2016, and am currently a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, working on a range of modules across our online Programmes. 

I am currently the Programme Leader for our new BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology (online) Programme which mirrors the successful on-campus degree, and this is an exciting opportunity to bring together Derby's experience in delivering online content with subject specialists and practitioners in Forensic Psychology.  I also continue to teach on the BSc (Hons) Psychology (online) Programme and have a particular interest in helping new students settle into their studies with us.  

I have 20 years experience of working with distance learners of psychology at several different Universities at all levels. Whilst I naturally gravitate toward modules allied to forensic psychology, I have also delivered modules in introductory, social, developmental, cognitive and biological psychology, and in research methods. I have extensive experience in both individual and small group project supervision, and in using quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Prior to this, I worked in prison psychology and was involved in research into the treatment of criminal psychopaths which formed the basis of my PhD. More recently, I have completed a postgraduate study in online and distance education and have a particular interest in educational technology and MOOCs.

Research interests

My PhD research investigated criminal psychopaths on a cognitive behavioural group work programme in prison and special hospitals.

Membership of professional bodies

  • British Psychological Society – Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Associate Fellow
  • Higher Education Academy - Fellow


  • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology, Brunel University, 1997
  • MSc Forensic and Legal Psychology, University of Leicester, 1999
  • Diploma in Psychology (Conversion for Postgraduates), Open University, 2000
  • PhD Forensic Psychology, University of Surrey, 2006
  • MA Online and Distance Education, Open University, 2012
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Open University, 2014
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching of Psychology, Glyndwr University, 2018