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Dominic joined the University of Huddersfield in 2017 as a Research Fellow within the None-in-Three Research Centre for Gender-Based Violence, and previously held teaching and research posts at the University of Chester, Leeds Trinity University and the Universtiy of Essex. Dominic is member of the Quantitative Research Methods Training Unit (QRM-TU) and with a specialism in Legal and Criminal Psychology, his research is focused upon the application of psychological principles within criminal justice domains. His primary area of expertise relates to jury decision making and the role of psychosocial factors within the courtroom. Specifically, Dominic’s work focuses upon the extent to which juror bias can impact the impartiality of verdict decisions within rape trials, the findings from which have received attention internationally in the media and by policy makers. Dominic's research has led to his involvement in on-going policy discussions with several government agencies and NGO's, and invitaions to provide insights on jury bias to the: Ministry of Justice, Crown Prosectuion Service, The National Rape Working Group (New Scotland Yard), National Police Chiefs’ Council, Northern Irish Assembley, Rape Crisis England & Wales, End Violence Against Women (EVAW) Coalition, The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Northumbria, and the United States Air Force. In 2018 his research was referenced in the House of Commons during an adjurnment debate into the need for reform in English rape trials.

Dominic's current post involves him working on a large scale international study examining the prevalence and pathways to perpetration/victimization of Gender-based Violence (GBV) in India, Uganda, Jamaica, and the UK. Alongside cross-sectional multi-country data collection and randomised control trials, the project includes the inter-disciplinary development and implementation of a prosocial computer game intervention tasked with challening social norms, attitutes and bias that enable GBV perpetration in young people, before such belief systems becomes internatlised http://noneinthree.hud.ac.uk/  

Research Expertise and Interests

Dominic's research interests broadly relate to the application of psychological principles within criminal justice and forensic settings. Primarily, he is interested in and publishes around; sexual violence, gender-based violence (GBV), jury decision making, rape myth acceptance, child abuse and neglect, and criminal psychopathy.

He has been involved in a number of notable research projects with collaborators from around the world including, a 400,000 Euro project funded by the European Union investigating the impact of domestic and sexual violence upon Caribbean children and a £4.3 million pound project funded by the UK Governments Global Challenges fund, tasked with preventing future domestic abuse through pro-social gaming.

ACCEPTING MRES & PHD STUDENT APPLICATIONS ON: Jury and Juror bias in the Courtroom; Rape Myth Bias & the impact on CJS decision making (victims, perpetrators, police, prosecutors, magistates)

External positions

Visiting Professor, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities

1 Jun 2018 → …

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Psycho Legal Domains
  • Jury Decision Making
  • Explorations of Jury Decision Making within Rape Trials
  • Sexual Violence
  • Rape
  • Courtroom
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology and Law
  • Juror behaviour
  • Juror bias

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Research Output 2016 2019

Are Prisoners More Psychopathic than Non-forensic Populations? Profiling Psychopathic Traits among Prisoners, Community Adults, University Students, and Adolescents

Boduszek, D., Debowska, A., Sherretts, N., Willmott, D., Boulton, M., Kielkiewicz, K., Popiolek, K. & Hyland, P., 12 Sep 2019, In : Deviant Behavior. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Introduction and Psychometric Validation of the Prison Personnel Trauma Measure (PPTM)

Woodfield, R., Boduszek, D. & Willmott, D., 1 Nov 2019, In : European Journal of Trauma & Dissociation. 3, 4, p. 257-262 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Wounds and Injuries
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
1 Citation (Scopus)

Is female psychopathy linked with child abuse? An empirical investigation using a person-centered approach

Boduszek, D., Debowska, A., Willmott, D., Jones, A., DeLisi, M. & Kirkman, G., 18 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. 28, 6, p. 708-725 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Child Abuse
Sex Offenses
Antisocial Personality Disorder
1 Citation (Scopus)

Prosocial video game as an intimate partner violence prevention tool among youth: A randomised controlled trial

Boduszek, D., Debowska, A., Jones, A., Ma, M., Smith, D., Willmott, D., Trotman-Jemmott, E., Da Breo, H. & Kirkman, G., 1 Apr 2019, In : Computers in Human Behavior. 93, p. 260-266 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Video Games
Randomized Controlled Trials
Open Access
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
cooperative behavior

Activities 2012 2019

International Journal of Prisoner Health (Journal)

Dominic Willmott (Reviewer)
5 Mar 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

Heliyon (Journal)

Dominic Willmott (Member of editorial board)
Jan 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

Date Rape: The Crime That Jurors Won’t Convict. Can Juror Bias Explain Trial Outcomes?

Dominic Willmott (Speaker)
11 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Rape Trial Decision Making: Does Juror Bias Explain Trial Outcomes?

Dominic Willmott (Speaker)
6 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Press / Media

Is jury bias preventing justice for rape victims?

Dominic Willmott


1 item of Media coverage, 1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Baroness Lola Young joins as judge for revamped Staunch Prize

Dominic Willmott


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Rape myths and misconceptions

Dominic Willmott


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research