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Kathryn joined the University in 2009 where she is now Senior Lecturer in Criminology, and member of the Applied Criminology and Policing Centre (APPC) and Quantitative Research Methods Training Unit (QRM-TU). Kathryn is nearing completion of a part-time PhD, which uses EEG to examine the relationship between psychopathy, intelligence and emotional responding.

Prior to joining the University, Kathryn was awarded a first class honors degree in BSc Psychology and an MSc in Forensic Psychology, as well as conducting research in prisons on behalf of the Offender Management Service (NOMS). This cumulated in an interest in the application of Psychology to criminal justice contexts, particularly in terms of understanding the impact of parental imprisonment on children and families. In this regard, Kathryn was involved in the EU FP7 funded study ‘Children of Prisoners, Interventions and Mitigations to Strengthen Mental Health (COPING)’ and the NHS funded project ‘Constructive Connections: Building Resilience of Families Affected by the Justice System’. Kathryn has also conducted an evaluation of the National Offenders’ Families Helpline and assisted Barnardo’s with the development of a quality assurance tool for research and evidence concerning children of offenders.  

Other research interests include the emotional and cognitive effects of investigations into suspicious child deaths, and a recent piece of collaborative research titled 'Dealing with the Unthinkable: A Study of the Cognitive and Emotional Stress of Adult and Child Homicide Investigations on Police Investigators', was awarded the Wayman Mullins best journal article of the year award (2017) by the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology.

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Research Output 2012 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)
Wechsler Scales
4 Citations (Scopus)

Cognitive and Emotional Stressors of Child Homicide Investigations on U.K. and Danish Police Investigators

Roach, J., Sharratt, K., Cartwright, A. & Skou Roer, T., 1 Aug 2018, In : Homicide Studies. 22, 3, p. 296-320 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Research Personnel
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

Novel psychoactive substance use by mental health service consumers: an online survey of inpatient health professionals’ views and experiences

Hughes, E., Bressington, D., Sharratt, K. & Gray, R., 2018, In : Advances in Dual Diagnosis. 11, 1, p. 30-39 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mental Health Services
Health Surveys
Mental Health
Social Media
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
Psychological Stress

Activities 2012 2018

  • 1 Editorial work
  • 1 Invited talk
  • 1 Oral presentation

Frontiers in Psychology (Journal)

Kathryn Sharratt (Member of editorial board)
1 Mar 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

The Impact of Parental Imprisonment on Children: Factors Influencing Resilience.

Kathryn Sharratt (Invited speaker)
14 Mar 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

A European Study of Children’s Resilience to Parental Imprisonment

Kathryn Sharratt (Speaker)
12 Sep 201215 Sep 2012

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation