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Biography

 

Professor Brown has been conducting research related to sexual aggression for over 20 years. She has been working at Coventry University since 1999 and is currently the Acting Executuive Director of the Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement. Professor Brown is the Vice-Chair of the National Organisation for the Treament of Sexual Abusers (NOTA) and an Advisory Board Member of the Centre of Expertise in Child Sexual Abuse. She is an Associate Editor of Child Abuse and Neglect and a member of the Editorial Board of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment 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.

Advisory Board Member, Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse

Dec 2016 → …

Vice-Chair, NOTA: National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers

Sep 2015 → …

Associate Editor, Child Abuse and Neglect

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Research Output 2005 2017

Bridging the cognitive-emotion divide: empathy and sexual offending. Sexual Offenders’ Cognition, Emotion, and Motivation.

Brown, S. Feb 2017 Sexual Offending: Cognition, Emotion and Motivation. Gannon, T. A. & Ward, T. (eds.). Oxford: Wiley, p. 53-70 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Violence
England
Survivors
Law enforcement
Decision making
Students

The Forensic Psychologists’ Report Writing Guide

Brown, S., Bowen, E. & Prescott, D. 5 May 2017 1 ed. Routledge. 256 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Students
Violence
Manuscripts
Crime
Interviews
Psychology

Activities 2005 2017

  • 40 Participation in conference
  • 7 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 5 Editorial activity
  • 1 Invited talk

International conference on cybercrime and computer forensics.

Sarah Brown (Speaker), 17 Jul 2017, International conference on cybercrime and computer forensics

Activity: Conference participationParticipation in conference

NOTA Scotland Conference

Sarah Brown (Speaker), 24 Apr 2017, National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers Scotland Conference

Activity: Conference participationParticipation in conference

NOTA conference

Sarah Brown (Keynote Speaker), 20 Sep 201722 Sep 2017, National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers Annual Conference

Activity: Conference participationParticipation in conference

Pathways to Resilience IV Conference

Sarah Brown (Invited Speaker), 14 Jun 2017, Pathways to Resilience IV Conference

Activity: Conference participationParticipation in conference

NOTA Conference

Sarah Brown (Speaker), 28 Sep 201730 Sep 2017, National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers Annual Conference

Activity: Conference participationParticipation in conference