Staff profile

Dr Rachael Wheatley

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Psychology




One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



I graduated from the University of Leicester with an undergraduate degree in Behavioural Sciences and a Master’s degree in Forensic and Legal Psychology. I have since achieved chartership with the British Psychological Society (2004), and I am now also an Associate Fellow, Chartered Scientist, and a full member of, as well as Honorary Secretary for, the Division of Forensic Psychology.

I am an HCPC registered forensic psychologist, employed by HMPPS since 2001. I have held a number of positions within this organisation and worked across a range of category of prisons in the male and female estate. I love to learn and invest in my continuing professional development. Since being trained in the use of the Stalking Risk Profile almost a decade ago I have taken a special interest in assessing and working with those who stalk.

I am an active practitioner and recently completed my doctoral studies in August 2019 focusing on What drives adult males who stalk and how practitioners can best respond to their needs’. 

Teaching responsibilities

I am a Senior Lecturer for the University of Derby (0.2) primarily teaching on the MSc in Forensic Psychology and supervising MSc students through their independent studies and research dissertations. 

Professional interests

My primary professional and academic interest is in understanding stalking as a problem behaviour and a crime, and understanding effective management of stalking.  

Research interests

My primary professional and academic interest is in understanding and managing stalking. My doctoral studies used IPA and Repertory Grids, which I visually adapted (Visually Adapted Repertory Grid Technique). I have an interest in developing the popularity of repertory grids and in popularising my VARGT). 

Membership of professional bodies

I am chartered with the British Psychological Society and a full member of the Division of Forensic Psychology. I am also a HCPC registered forensic psychologist.


Recent conferences

Additional interests and activities

I am a board trustee for the Alice Ruggles Trust.

In the media

I have recently recorded an episode (5) on STALKING for the 'Forensic Psychology Podcast' which was aired in November 2020.

Recent publications