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Dan joined the University of Huddersfield in 2012 where he is now a Professor in Department of Psychology, and Director of Quantitative Research Methods Training Unit (QRM-TU). He has extensive international experience of working in forensic settings, including maximum security prisons for recidivistic violent offenders and perpetrators & victims of gender based violence. 

Research Expertise and Interests

Dan currently collaborates with a number of prison services around the world. He is the author of the Integrated Psychosocial Model of Criminal Social Identity (IPM-CSI) and a new model of psychopathy (Psychopathic Personality Traits Model – PPTM). Dan is also an experienced quantitative research methodologist with special interest in survey design, psychometric validation of measures, experimental/quasi experimental design, and advanced multivariate statistics. Dan’s research and publications include gender-based violence, criminal social identity, sociopathy/psychopathy, criminal thinking styles, mental health in prisons, homicidal behaviour, recidivism and prisonization.

Funded Projects:

Risk factors and outcomes associated with postoperative delirium after cardiac surgery funded by Kolegium Nauk Medycznych, Rzeszow, Poland (70,000)

None in Three (India, Jamaica, Uganda) A Centre for the Development, Application, Research and Evaluation of Prosocial Games for the Prevention of Gender-based Violence - funded by The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)/AHRC (£4,303,604) 

None in Three UK – funded by URF (£287,720)

None in Three: the prevention of domestic violence in the Caribbean (Barbados and Grenada) - funded by European Union (€400,000)

Prevalence and variation in antidepressant prescribing across Northern Ireland – funded by ESRC (£136,971)

Study on Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices on Violence against Children in Tanzania – funded by UNICEF ($282,082)

Interpersonal violence against women and children among national prison sample in Poland – partially funded by Polish Prison Service, University of Huddersfield, and University of Chester (£6,000)

Reporting child sexual abuse among childcare professionals – funded by University of Chester Research Grant Scheme (£2,270)

Investigating Criminal Thinking Styles in Maximum Security Prisons – partially supported by Polish Prison Service

QRM-TU Statistical courses (£11,370)

Other income: Statistical consultancies for projects funded by Economic and Social Research Institute, Research and Innovation Centre, The Honourable the Irish Society, Family Support Agency, and Office of the Minister for Children, and Invited External Statistical Courses (approx. £50,000)

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Psychopathy
  • Intelligence and Emotional Response
  • Psychopathy in Prison Population
  • Psychology of Homicide
  • Personality and Crime
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Gender Based Violence and Abuse
  • Criminal Social Identity
  • Criminal Cognitions
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Criminology


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