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Dr John Synnott is a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychology Society a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and the Associate Director for the MSc in Investigative Psychology and Deputy Director of the MSc in Security Science. He obtained his Degree in Psychology from University College Dublin, Ireland and he completed his MSc in Investigative Psychology at the University of Liverpool. John joined the University in 2013 on completeion of his PhD entitled ‘Why Crime Occurs Where it Does’ which examined cases of Tiger Kidnap from both the Republic and North of Ireland, in addition to analysing criminal mental maps and offenders representation of offending locations.

John has presented research on the Psychology of Crime and Offender Decision Making at conferences around the world. He his delivered lectures on Decision Making and Risk as it relates to crime and designed and lead a module on Investigative Psychology, the first of its kind in the UK, to final year Psychology students. Dr Synnott has contributed reports to the Irish Police Force (An Gardai), the Irish Prison Service (IPS), the Irish Governments White Paper on Crime and to the Minister for Justice Office, Ireland. Dr Synnott recently provided consultation on the development of a Risk Assessment Tool for Domestic Violence for the Irish Police Force and Department of Justice Ireland and has consulted on similar Domestic Violence Risk Assessment Scales for a police force in the UK.

He has recently evaluated a prison training program for offenders at Shelton Abbey Prison in Ireland and has just completed a Mental Wellbeing project at the same facility that was recently presented at the British Psychology Societies Division of Forensic Psychology conference in Bristol. Dr Synnott has just published a special issue as guest editor on the topic of Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse for the Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling. He has extensive Media experience having appeared on radio (Newstalk, Capital FM) and television (BBC) and his work has featured in media both nationally and internationally (Washington Post & CNN) as well has being featured as an editorial in the prestigious journal of Nature. Dr Synnott is a member of the School Research Ethics Panel and Business and Consultancy Committee at the University of Huddersfield and is a member of the Secure Societies Institute.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Forensic and Criminal Psychology
  • Investigative Psychology
  • Geographic profiling
  • Offender profiling
  • Mental Maps
  • Amnesia and crime
  • Deception (Polygraph)
  • Homicide
  • Suicide
  • Tiger kidnap
  • Media and crime
  • Sports Psychology

Research Degree Supervision

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  • Investigative and Forensic Psychology
  • Online Safety
  • Prisoners
  • Online Trolling
  • Offender's Crime Narratives

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Research Output 2009 2018

A Comparison of Online and Offline Grooming Characteristics: An application of The Victim Roles Model

Ioannou, M., Synnott, J., Reynolds, A. & Pearson, J., Aug 2018, In : Computers in Human Behavior. 85, p. 291-297 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Risk Factors

Comparing factors related to school-bullying and cyber-bullying

Tzani Pepelasi, K., Ioannou, M., Synnott, J. & Ashton, S-A., 12 Jun 2018, In : Crime Psychology Review. 4, 1, p. 1-25 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article


Differentiating Contract Killers: A Narrative-Based Approach

Yaneva, M., Ioannou, M., Hammond, L. & Synnott, J., Mar 2018, In : The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice. 57, 1, p. 107-123 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

multidimensional scaling
system model

Activities 2001 2017

  • 4 Membership of a Society or Institute
  • 3 Publication Peer-review
  • 1 Editorial work

Journal of Interpersonal Violence (Journal)

John Synnott (Reviewer)
23 Jan 2017 → …

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

Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice (Journal)

John Synnott (Reviewer)
14 Sep 2016 → …

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

Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling (Journal)

John Synnott (Reviewer)
1 Jan 2015 → …

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

British Psychological Society (External organisation)

John Synnott (Member)
1 Jun 2015 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of a Society or Institute

Journal of Criminal Psychology (Journal)

John Synnott (Member of editorial board)
18 Mar 2015 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work