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    Grace is a Chartered Psychologist and Research Fellow at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing. Grace conducts research in the fields of domestic abuse, sexual violence and health. Her research broadly focuses on the development and robust evaluation of interventions for young people and adults who have experienced domestic abuse and/or sexual violence, and ensuring that the voices of victims/survivors are central to intervention design and evaluation. Grace is Co-Investigator on the £1.3m NIHR funded MESARCH project, evaluating sexual assault referral centres across England and examining health, wellbeing and service access among survivors of recent sexual abuse and assault. Grace is also part of the JiCSAV project (Justice in Covid for Sexual Abuse and Violence), funded by the ESRC as part of the UKRI Rapid Response to Covid-19 (2020-2022).  Grace sits on the steering group  of the VAWG Research Network, and leads the ECR Network and development of Special Interest Groups.

    Grace was awarded a PhD from the University of Liverpool. Grace's PhD thesis examined the development of the evidence base of interventions for children and young people who have experienced domestic violence and abuse. Prior to this she was awarded an MSc (Distinction) in Investigative and Forensic Psychology, and a First Class BSc (Hons) in Psychology, from the University of Liverpool.  

    Grace's previous research has spanned a wide range of areas within forensic psychology. This has included, an evaluation of a domestic violence perpetrator programme, analysing serious sexual offences in a cold-case review, working with the Critical and Major Incident team at the University of Liverpool to independently evaluate a Home Office funded national large-scale major incident training exercise, and interviewing police officers regarding their decision-making processes in critical incidents. 

    Grace also has a breadth of experience teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate psychology modules. Grace is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    Research Interests

    Grace's main research interests include: researching with vulnerable populations, researching with victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence, evaluating healthcare interventions, researching with healthcare professionals, developing the intervention evidence base for children who have experienced domestic abuse, prioritising the voices of children in research, policy and practice. 

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Psychology, Doctorate, University of Liverpool


    Investigative and Forensic Psychology, MSc, University of Liverpool


    Psychology, Degree, University of Liverpool



    • H Social Sciences (General)
    • Domestic violence
    • Children and young people
    • Interventions
    • Evaluation
    • Evidence based practice
    • Sexual violence
    • Qualitative research
    • quantitative research
    • Healthcare
    • Criminal justice system


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