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Sarah Brown


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Professor Brown has been conducting research related to sexual aggression for over 20 years. She is a Forensic Psychologist, Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Professor Brown is the Chair-Elect of the National Organisation for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (NOTA) and a Fellow of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse (ATSA). She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and an Advisory Board Member of the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse. She is an Associate Editor of Child Abuse and Neglect and a member of the Editorial Board of Sexual Abuse and the Journal of Sexual Aggression having been the Editor of the latter journal from 2008 to 2014.  

Research Interests

Professor Brown’s research has focussed on the characteristics of perpetrators of sexual and intimate partner-violence. With colleagues in Australia, she has investigated the contexts and circumstances of perpetrators first sexual offences and most recently the impact of programmes for adolecents aimed at reducing offending on future victimisation. She has examined risk assessment, public attitudes to sex offenders and criminal justice responses to them, empathy and offenders' (particularly DV and sex offenders) use of empathy, emotion recognition and perspective taking in offenders and non-offenders, the effectiveness of sex offender treatment programmes and other offender interventions.

Vision Statement

My aim has been to conduct research that enables us to better understand and prevent sexual violence, particularly in relation to: understanding offenders’ empathic abilities, their application of empathy to their victims and the link between empathy and other cognitions; evaluating sex offender treatment programmes; and exploring public and professionals attitudes and perspectives towards this group of offenders.

External positions

Chair Elect, NOTA: National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers

Sep 2017 → …

Advisory Board Member, Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse

Dec 2016 → …

Associate Editor, Child Abuse and Neglect

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Research Output 1999 2018

grounded theory

Sex Offenders’ Perceptions of the Police and Courts: Are There Spill-Over Effects?

Brown, S., Tramontano, C., McKillop, N., Smallbone, S. & Wortley, R. 9 Feb 2018 In : Criminal Justice and Behavior. 45, 3, p. 364-380 17 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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emotional intelligence
police officer
decision making
social desirability

Activities 2005 2017

  • 40 Participation in conference
  • 8 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 5 Editorial activity

Lunchtime Seminar to Youth Justice Board/Ministry of Justice

Brown, S. (Speaker)
10 Jan 2017

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers Annual Conference

Brown, S. (Speaker)
28 Sep 201730 Sep 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Pathways to Resilience IV Conference

Brown, S. (Invited Speaker)
14 Jun 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

International conference on cybercrime and computer forensics

Brown, S. (Speaker)
17 Jul 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers Scotland Conference

Brown, S. (Speaker)
24 Apr 2017

Activity: Participation in conference