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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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Research Expertise and Interests

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

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Research Output 2009 2019

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Crime location choices: A Geographical Analysis of German Serial Killers

Synnott, J., Bakker, M., Ioannou, M., Canter, D. & van der Kemp, J., 1 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling. 16, 2, p. 110-123 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Spatial Behavior
Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Investigative Decision Making: Interviews with Detectives

Spanoudaki, E., Ioannou, M., Synnott, J., Tzani Pepelasi, K. & Pylarinou, N., 25 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Criminal Psychology. 9, 2, p. 88-107 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Decision Making
decision making
Law Enforcement

Activities 2001 2019

Sexting e tratti di personalità in adolescenti e giovani adulti: uno studio cross-culturale

Mara Morelli (Speaker), Dora Bianchi (Speaker), Fiorenzo Laghi (Speaker), Elena Cattelino (Speaker), Antonio Chirumbolo (Speaker), Piotr Sorokowski (Speaker), Michal Misiak (Speaker), Martyna Dziekan (Speaker), Heather Hudson (Speaker), Alexandra Marshall (Speaker), Michelle Drouin (Speaker), Thanh Truc Nguyen (Speaker), Lauren Mark (Speaker), Kamil Kopecky (Speaker), René Szotkowski (Speaker), Ezgi Toplu Demirtaş (Speaker), Joris Van Ouytsel (Speaker), Koen Ponnet (Speaker), Michel Walrave (Speaker), Tingshao Zhu (Speaker), Ya Chen (Speaker), Nan Zhao (Speaker), Xiaoqian Liu (Speaker), Alexander Voiskounsky (Speaker), Nataliya Bogacheva (Speaker), Maria Ioannou (Speaker), John Synnott (Speaker), Kalliopi Tzani Pepelasi (Speaker), Moses Okumu (Speaker), Eusebius Small (Speaker), Silviya Pavlova Nikolova (Speaker), Vimala Balakrishnan (Speaker)
23 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Effectiveness of Missing Children Photograph Appeals: Exploring the Effects of Appeal Frequency and Short Identification Delay

Daniel Hunt (Speaker), Maria Ioannou (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), John Synnott (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
4 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Fast tracking domestic abuse cases

John Synnott (Speaker), Maria Ioannou (Speaker)
9 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

The criminal narrative experience of schizophrenic offenders

Christina Simitsi (Speaker), Maria Ioannou (Speaker), John Synnott (Speaker)
1 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Personality correlates of women offenders’ crime stories

Kayley Ciesla (Speaker), Maria Ioannou (Speaker), John Synnott (Speaker)
30 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Thames Valley domestic abuse scheme praised

John Synnott & Maria Ioannou


4 items of Media coverage, 2 Media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment