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Rebecca completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology with Forensic Psychology in 2012 at the University of Lincoln, followed by a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology at the same university in 2014. Though Rebecca has varied research interests within forensic psychology, much of her areas of focus lie within sexual offending. Being a research assistant on a project led to a Masters thesis exploring the role of Narrative Child Sexual Exploitation Material within child sexual offending, and Rebecca presented the findings from the original project at the NOTA Conference in September 2013. Since then, Rebecca joined Coventry University as a Research Assistant, working on various research projects in the Research Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement. Much of the research Rebecca works on focuses on sexual offending and violence and interpersonal aggression, with the hopes of completing a PhD by portfolio.

Area of Expertise:

Forensic psychology

Research Interests

Denial in sexual offenders; Exploring public knowledge and perceptions of NCSEM; Narrative Child Sexual Exploitation Material (NCSEM); Empathy in sex offenders using eye-­tracking and Biopak technology

Vision Statement

I am aware of the wealth of research still needed to improve prevention and treatment of sexual offending, despite the body of work, which has already been put into practice. Sexual offending is the subject in which I have been particularly interested, through my undergraduate and postgraduate studies to my current position as a researcher. I have taken advantage of opportunities to attend national and international conferences in order to examine work that is currently being developed and implemented and this has inspired me in my own research ideas. I consider that my research is leading me towards a PhD.

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Research Output 2015 2017

The Detection and Policing Of Gun Crime: Challenges to the effective policing of gun crime in Europe

Hellenbach, M., Elliot, S., Gerard, F. J., Crookes, R. L., Stamos, T., Poole, H. & Bowen, E. 9 Jan 2017 In : European Journal of Criminology. (in press)

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Open Access

The sharing of ballistics data across Europe and neighbouring territories

Gerard, J., Crookes, R., Elliott, S., Hellenbach, M., Stamos, A., Poole, H. & Bowen, E. 1 May 2017 In : Science & Justice. (in press), p. (in press)

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Open Access
Open Access