Staff profile

Dr Robyn Mooney


Lecturer in Forensic Psychology




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Psychology





I joined the University of Derby in 2021 as a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology. I have studied in Canada, the Netherlands, and the UK, and I have prior experience delivering group therapy at Ashworth High Secure Hospital. 

Teaching responsibilities

I am currently module leader on two undergraduate modules: Applied Psychological Practice in Context (L4) and Psychological Perspectives of Serious and Dangerous Offenders (L6). I am also a module tutor on Offenders with Mental and Intellectual Disabilities (L6) and The Psychology of Intimate Partner Abuse (L6).

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Mooney, R., Wall, H., Humphries, J., & Heim, D. (2023, July 4-7). Personality-based drivers of offending behaviour. European Association of Psychology and Law Annual Conference, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Hargreaves, M., & Mooney, R. (2023, July 4-7). They walk among us: Predictors of incel ideology endorsement. European Association of Psychology and Law Annual Conference, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Mooney, R. (2021, June 16-17). Association(s) between Five Factor Model and Dark Triad traits and offending behaviour in adults: A systematic review. International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services 2021 Virtual Conference

Mooney, R. (2019, June 18-20). Understanding interpersonal relationships and psychopathy in forensic psychiatric and student samples. British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, Liverpool, UK

Mooney, R. (2018, June 19-21). Personality, belief in a just world, and attitudes toward criminal responsibility defences: A preliminary study. British Psychological Society  Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, Newcastle, UK

Mooney, R. (2016, May 27-28). Attitudes towards Canada’s insanity defence. Connecting Minds Biennial Undergraduate Research Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Recent publications