Dr Sophia Tkazky


Lecturer in Criminal Psychology

Sophia wearing a blue top and glasses, smiling

Subject

Social Sciences

College

College of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Department

Criminology and Social Sciences, School of Psychology

Campus

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Email

s.tkazky@derby.ac.uk

About

I am a lecturer in Criminal Psychology in the School of Law and Social Sciences. I joined the University of Derby team in September 2019. Before that, I was a PhD candidate and a Research Associate at the International Centre for Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling. My PhD thesis was conducted under the direct supervision of Prof. D. Canter and Dr D. Youngs. 

My main research interest is offenders' narratives and the methods of elicitation and interpretation of these narratives. 

Teaching responsibilities

I teach undergraduate level modules and supervise both undergraduate and MSc students. 

Research interests

My research activities are primarily focused on the offenders’ characteristics and crime scene behaviours and on the narratives of crime (e.g. crime descriptions) and life personal experiences (e.g. general life narratives or neutral episodes). 

Membership of professional bodies

I am a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS, CPsychol)

Qualifications

Recent conferences

Symposium presentations:

Tkazky S., Canter D., Youngs D., (2018), Prisoners’ “Life as a Film” narratives: the exploration of the “Life as a Film” (LAAF) methodology. Symposium, British Psychological Society DFP Annual Conference (19-21 June 2018), Newcastle Gateshead

Youngs D., Canter D., Tkazky S., (2018), Offenders’ “Life as a Film” accounts: new vision of Unresolved Dissonance, British Psychological Society DFP Annual Conference in Newcastle (19-21 June 2018), Newcastle Gateshead

Canter D., Tkazky S., Youngs D., (2018), Uncovering the inner structures of the offenders’ narratives, British Psychological Society DFP Annual Conference (19-21 June 2018), Newcastle Gateshead

Tkazky S., Youngs D., Canter D., (2018), Violent and non-violent offenders’ “Life as a Film” accounts: comparative analysis, British Psychological Society DFP Annual Conference (19-21 June 2018), Newcastle Gateshead

Tkazky S., Canter D., Youngs D., (2018), Offenders’ LAAF accounts collected in different countries: a comparative analysis, British Psychological Society DFP Annual Conference (19-21 June 2018), Newcastle Gateshead

Paper presentation:

Tkazky S., Canter D., Youngs D., (2015), Life as a film: general description of offenders’ narrative in terms of LAAF and comparison between narratives of violent and non-violent offenders, XVIth International Academy of Investigative Psychology Conference, New Developments in Investigative Psychology. 15th & 16th December 2015.UCL Institute of Education, London

Poster presentation:

Tkazky S., Youngs D., Canter D., (2014), Themes of control, criminal sentiments, responsibility, and attitude towards others as revealed in the offenders’ narratives. XVth International Academy of Investigative Psychology Conference: Applying Investigative Psychology – a New Era in Behavioural Science, Crime and the Law, 8th-10th of April 2014, London South Bank University, London.

International experience

I have international experience both through my education (Israel and Uk) and my research (collaborate with scholars both nationally and internationally). Thus, my study on offenders' personal stories was conducted on the narrative samples collected in four different countries.

Additional interests and activities

I also work as an Assistant Editor in the Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling.

In the media

My research on offenders' “Life as a Film” narratives was favourably reviewed in the “Forensic Update” (128 and 129, 2018) journal of the British Psychological Society.

Recent publications

Tkazky, S., Youngs, D., & Rowlands, D. (in press), Psychopathy, Offending Style and Crime Scene Behaviour, In M. Paulino, P. Marques and L. Alho (Eds.) Psychopathy and Criminal Behaviour, Elsevier Academic Press

Tkazky S., Canter D., Youngs D., (2018), Prisoners’ “Life as a Film” narratives: the exploration of the “Life as a Film” (LAAF) methodology. Symposium, British Psychological Society DFP Annual Conference (19-21 June 2018), Newcastle Gateshead

 Youngs D., Canter D., Tkazky S., (2018), Offenders’ “Life as a Film” accounts: new vision of Unresolved Dissonance, British Psychological Society DFP Annual Conference in Newcastle (19-21 June 2018), Newcastle Gateshead

 Canter D., Tkazky S., Youngs D., (2018), Uncovering the inner structures of the offenders’ narratives, British Psychological Society DFP Annual Conference (19-21 June 2018), Newcastle Gateshead

 Tkazky S., Youngs D., Canter D., (2018), Violent and non-violent offenders’ “Life as a Film” accounts: comparative analysis, British Psychological Society DFP Annual Conference (19-21 June 2018), Newcastle Gateshead

 Tkazky S., Canter D., Youngs D., (2018), Offenders’ LAAF accounts collected in different countries: a comparative analysis, British Psychological Society DFP Annual Conference (19-21 June 2018), Newcastle Gateshead

 Sea J., Youngs D., Tkazky S., (2017), Sex Difference in Homicide: Comparing Male and Female Violent Crimes in Korea, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, doi: 10.1177/0306624X17740555

Tkazky S., Canter D., Youngs D., (2015), Life as a film: general description of offenders’ narrative in terms of LAAF and comparison between narratives of violent and non-violent offenders, XVIth International Academy of Investigative Psychology Conference, New Developments in Investigative Psychology. 15th & 16th December 2015.UCL Institute of Education, London

Tkazky S., Youngs D., Canter D., (2014), Themes of control, criminal sentiments, responsibility and attitude towards others as revealed in the offenders’ narratives. XVth International Academy of Investigative Psychology Conference: Applying Investigative Psychology – a New Era in Behavioural Science, Crime and the Law, 8th-10th of April 2014, London South Bank University, London.