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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 (with topics including sexual offending, child sexual exploitation, gun-enabled crime, revenge pornography, and homicide offending) in the Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science. Alongside her research assistant position, Rebecca is completeing a part-time PhD, examining age differences among sexual offenders, and specifically focusing on older sex offenders.

Area of Expertise:

Forensic psychology

Research Interests

Sexual offending; Exploring public knowledge and perceptions of NCSEM; Narrative Child Sexual Exploitation Material (NCSEM); Empathy in sex offenders using eye-­tracking and Biopak technology; homicide offending; gun-enbled crime; child sexual exploitation; cyber crime

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 and PhD student. 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 to generate my own research ideas.

Education/Academic qualification

Forensic Psychology, MSc, University of Lincoln

Oct 2012Sep 2013

Psychology with Forensic Psychology, Degree, University of Lincoln

Sep 2009Jun 2012

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Research Output

  • 6 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 4 Article
  • 2 Commissioned report
  • 1 Book

Nonconsensual Sharing of Private Sexually Explicit Media Among University Students

Walker, K., Sleath, E., Hatcher, R., Hine, B. & Crookes, R., 13 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Interpersonal Violence. (In-press), p. (In-press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 6 Downloads (Pure)

    An evaluation of Unlocking Nature, Greening the prison environment: Unlocking Nature

    Brown, G., Fried, J., Crookes, R. & Brady, G., Dec 2018, Coventry University : Coventry University. 47 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

  • 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)

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    37 Downloads (Pure)

    The sharing of ballistics data across Europe and neighbouring territories

    Gerard, J., Crookes, R., Elliott, S., Hellenbach, M., Stamos, T., Poole, H. & Bowen, E., Sep 2017, In : Science & Justice. 57, 5, p. 384-393 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    180 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access


    • 1 Oral presentation

    Using eye-tracking techniques and physiological arousal measures to assess emotion processing in adults convicted of sex offences.

    Jeane Gerard (Speaker), Sarah Brown (Speaker), Sarah Cassidy (Speaker), Rebecca Crookes (Speaker), Stoyan Kurtev (Speaker), Kate Walker (Speaker)
    8 Apr 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation