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I am currently Director of Graduate Education for the School of Human and Health Sciences, with responsibility for the management of all processes concerning the wellbeing and educational experience of postgraduate researchers in a wide range of disciplines. This entails the guidance, mentoring and direction of students embarking on the postgraduate stages of a research career. The role also involves the development, implementation and monitoring of policies to facilitate the attainment of the University’s strategic aims for its research profile, and acting as the Dean’s representative on matters regarding PGR students.

I joined the University of Huddersfield as Divisional Head of Psychology and Counselling in 2005, having previously been Head of the School of Psychology at the University of the West of England, and senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Teesside. An environment in which research and research-led teaching has always been of paramount importance to me, and I moved from a line management position into a more research focused role when the University’s priorities moved to research in the last few years.

Outside of academia, I have experience of working in the secure communications field, actively involved in the integrity of information in networks. In addition, I have worked on projects examining practice in police and government services.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Criminal psychology
  • Deviant sexual practices and the expression of agression 
  • Psychology and culture, inc. music and folk tales 

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Research Output 1997 2018

Social Media
Social Adjustment
Child Abuse
1 Citations

Prescription opioid abuse in prison settings: A systematic review of prevalence, practice and treatment responses

Bi-Mohammed, Z., Wright, N. M., Hearty, P., King, N. & Gavin, H., 1 Feb 2017, In : Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 171, p. 122-131 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Opioid Analgesics
Opiate Alkaloids
Street Drugs

Infanticide and Neonaticide: A Review of 40 Years of Research Literature on Incidence and Causes

Gavin, H. & Porter, T., 2016, Current Perspectives in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Behavior. Bartol, C. & Bartol, A. (eds.). 4 ed. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, p. 159-170 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Studying The Long-term Psychological Effects of Emotional Abuse Experienced in Childhood

Newton, C. & Gavin, H., 2016, IACSS 2016 International Academic Conference on Social Sciences. Nakashidze, M. (ed.). Batumi, Georgia: International Institute for Academic Development, p. 41-49 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
online survey

Evil and Superstition in Sub­Saharan Africa: Religious Infanticide and Filicide

Gavin, H., 2015, Perceiving Evil: Evil, Women and the Feminine. Farnell, D., Noive, R. & Smith, K. (eds.). Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Activities 2015 2016

  • 2 Oral presentation

Enduring Belief in Demonic Possession

Helen Gavin (Speaker)
11 Mar 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Perceptions of Evil from Abu Ghraib: Female Prison Guards and Sexual Violence

Helen Gavin (Speaker), Theresa Porter (Speaker)
6 May 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation