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    Dr Mira Yaneva, is a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology and a Programme Director for the accredited by the British Psychological Society master's programme MSc Forensic Psychology at Coventry University. Dr Yaneva is a member of the Research Ethics Committee and performs the role of Research Ethics Lead for the School of Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences in which she delivers training and provides advice to academic colleagues and students. She is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    Dr Yaneva teaches and supervises across the entire suite of forensic psychology master's programmes at Coventry University, including MSc Forensic Psychology and MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health (full-time and part-time provisions). She convenes and delivers the modules Offending Behaviour and the Criminal Justice System and Ethical Research and Methods in Forensic Psychology. Dr Yaneva also coordinates and oversees the dissertation project module across the suite of forensic psychology master's programmes. 

    Dr Yaneva obtained a first-class undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. She completed her MSc in Investigative Psychology with distinction at the University of Huddersfield. Her dissertation included a narrative-based approach to Contract Killing focusing on the psychological bases of behavioural variation amongst contract killers. Her PhD research pioneered an empirical approach to evaluating Human Kindness and establishing a new interpersonal trait that is the opposite of psychopathy. Dr Yaneva's research has implications for a number of disciplines, including Personality, Forensic and Positive Psychology and professional settings, including interventions with different clients and offender rehabilitation. 

    Dr Yaneva has a particular interest in investigating aspects of positive psychology in offender and non-offender samples and has developed psychological frameworks and psychometric tools to do so. Her research endeavours have resulted in published work at national level and has triggered international interest, including invitations to translate and standardise her psychometric tools to other languages and settings.

    Research Interests

    • Forensic, Investigative and Positive Psychology; 

    • Individual offender characteristics (i.e., personality, character strengths, individual differences); 

    • Modelling of offender types and styles; 

    • Offender rehabilitation (i.e., strength-based approaches; strength-based programmes and interventions; effectiveness of current programmes); 

    • Risk assessment and protective factors
    • Development and validation of new instruments;

    • Contract killers, instigators/solicitors of crime, victims of murder-for-hire plots

    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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctorate, University of Huddersfield

    Investigative Psychology, MSc, University of Huddersfield

    External positions

    Assistant Editor, Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling


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