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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 Abusers (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, most recently having conducted research for the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse to examine this in respect of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). With colleagues in Australia, she has investigated the contexts and circumstances of perpetrators' first sexual offences and most recently the impact of programmes for adolescents aimed at reducing offending on future victimisation. She has examined risk assessment, CSE risk tools, public attitudes to sex offenders and criminal justice responses to them, empathy, emotion recognition and perspective taking, the effectiveness of sex offender treatment programmes and other offender interventions, and professionals' confidence in responding to child sexual abuse.

Vision Statement


My aim has been to conduct research that enables us to better understand and prevent sexual violence, particularly in relation to: understanding the link between empathic, cognitions and offending, evaluating interventions designed to reduce reoffending; and exploring public and professionals attitudes and perspectives towards those who engage in sexual and interpersonal violence.

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

Motivators for Engagement in Offending Behaviour Programmes

Holdsworth, E., Bowen, E., Brown, S. & Howat, D. 2018

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2005 2017

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

National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers Scotland Conference

Brown, S. (Speaker)
24 Apr 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

International conference on cybercrime and computer forensics

Brown, S. (Speaker)
17 Jul 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Pathways to Resilience IV Conference

Brown, S. (Invited Speaker)
14 Jun 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

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