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Dr Maria Ioannou, is a Reader in Investigative and Forensic Psychology and Course Director for the MSc Investigative Psychology. She is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist (British Psychological Society) and a HCPC Registered Psychologist (Forensic). She joined Huddersfield University in 2009 as a Senior Lecturer.  Dr Ioannou obtained a first class undergraduate degree in Psychology, Philosophy and Pedagogics from the University of Ioannina, Greece in 2000. In 2001 she completed her MSc in Investigative Psychology at the University of Liverpool. Her dissertation was on the Criminal Narrative Experience focusing on the roles that offenders act out and the emotions they experience while they are committing their crimes. She developed this research for her PhD, which she completed in 2006.

Dr Ioannou has been involved in the assessment of intervention programmes for reducing/preventing crime for a range of different forms of criminality and groups of offenders. Typically these evaluations have required assessments of change/impact/influence of the interventions on individuals and their criminal behaviour as well as assessments of the overall programme itself. She has also contributed to consultancy reports and been involved in consultancy work with a range of police forces and other agencies such as the Safer Merseyside Partnership, Merseyside Police, Liverpool City Council, Lancashire Constabulary, the Ministry of Defence, the Irish Prison Service as well as in a number of legal cases that involved among others preparation of background material and investigative advice on Forensic Psycholinguistics/ Questioned Authorship Attribution, interpretation of psychological measures on a case of offender profiling with personality and other psychometric assessment and analysis of the psychological features indicated within personal documents.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Forensic, Investigative and Criminal Psychology
  • Individualistic antecedents to crime and modelling (offender profiling, mental disorder and crime, criminal differentiation and the modelling of offending styles and offender types - various crime types including violent and sexual crime, criminal narratives, emotional experience of offending, personality and crime)
  • Vulnerability - perpetration and victimisation (hate crime, human trafficking, child sexual exploitation, domestic violence, honour crime, child abuse, bullying, missing persons, cybercrime, sexual offences, child abduction, stalking, kidnapping, school shootings)
  • Cognitive biases in forensic evidence interpretation
  • Terrorism

Research Degree Supervision

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Research Expertise and Interests

  • Antecedents to Crime and Modelling
  • Offender Profiling
  • Mental Disorder and Crime
  • Offender Styles and Offender Types for Violent and Sexual Crime
  • Criminal Emotions and Narratives
  • Personality and Crime
  • Vulnerability, Perpetration and Victimisation
  • Hate Crime
  • Human Trafficking
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Honour Crime
  • Missing Persons
  • Cybercrime
  • Sexual Offences
  • Abduction
  • Cognitive Biases in Forensic Evidence Interpretation
  • Terrorism

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Research Output 2004 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
Open Access
Mental Competency
1 Citation (Scopus)

Activities 1997 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

The Effects of Perceived Intelligence and Authority on Co-witness Influence

Dara Mojtahedi (Speaker), Maria Ioannou (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Laura Hammond (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
12 Jul 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

The narrative roles and emotions of youth identified as being at risk of criminal exploitation

Sally-Ann Ashton (Speaker), Maria Ioannou (Speaker), Laura Hammond (Speaker)
18 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

SAGE Open (Journal)

Maria Ioannou (Editor)
Mar 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

Press / Media

Thames Valley domestic abuse scheme praised

John Synnott & Maria Ioannou


4 items of Media coverage, 2 Media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment