Staff profile

Dr Laura Rayment

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology




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. 

Much of my time is focused on managing the first core module on the MSc/PG Dip Psychology Programme (Introduction to Perspectives in Psychology), and helping new students settle into their studies with us.  This academic year, I am also involved with setting up the new Online BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology programme which I will be Programme Leading when it starts in September 2022.

I have nearly 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 of both individual and small group project supervision, and of 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 postgraduate study into online and distance education and have particular interests 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