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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. Between 2014-2017 I was 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. Since 2018, I have been Subject Lead in Psychology with responsibility for postgraduate developments, as well as management and leadership in the department of psychology.

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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forensic psychology Social Sciences
offender Social Sciences
Research Medicine & Life Sciences
homicide Social Sciences
psychology Social Sciences
Sperm Retrieval Medicine & Life Sciences
Infanticide Medicine & Life Sciences
aggression Social Sciences

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Research Output 1997 2018

Criminological and Forensic Psychology

Gavin, H., Dec 2018, 2 ed. London: SAGE Publications. 496 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

forensic psychology
psychological theory
domestic violence
Open Access
Social Media
Social Adjustment
Child Abuse
6 Citations (Scopus)

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

Activities 1993 2018

  • 7 Oral presentation
  • 2 Editorial work
  • 1 Membership of a Society or Institute

Women and the Use of Torture

Helen Gavin (Speaker), Theresa Porter (Speaker)
1 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Female violence and its perception as evil

Helen Gavin (Speaker), Maria Ioannou (Speaker)
1 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Journal of Interpersonal Violence (Journal)

Helen Gavin (Reviewer)
13 Jul 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

Enduring Belief in Demonic Possession

Helen Gavin (Speaker)
11 Mar 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling (Journal)

Helen Gavin (Reviewer)
1 Jan 2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

Press / Media

Violence between intimate partners – new book launched

Helen Gavin


2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Farewell Terry Pratchett: A Psychological Analysis of Discworld

Helen Gavin


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment