Research Associate in Forensic Psychology

University of Kent - School of Psychology

The School of Psychology are currently seeking a Research Associate in Forensic Psychology, to work on a research project which is joint funded by the Forensic Mental Health Care Group (Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust) and the University of Kent. Working with Professor Theresa A. Gannon (University of Kent), Dr Lona Lockerbie (KMPT and the University of Kent), and Dr Nichola Tyler (University of Kent), the research and impact project looks at the Fire Intervention Programme for Mentally Disordered Offenders (FIP-MO).

The successful candidate will become part of a vibrant research community within the Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP).

You will be in the unique position of holding a contract of employment with the University of Kent as well as Honorary employee status with KMPT.
As Research Associate in Forensic Psychology you will:
  • Prepare study set up and data collection for longer-term evaluation of the firesetting treatment programme
  • Liaise with key practitioners/services implementing the firesetting treatment programme, keeping accurate logs of how the programme is being used and the impact it is having within each service
  • Train key practitioners to ensure that they are suitably equipped to implement the treatment programme in their service
  • Travel around various forensic institutions in the UK and also overseas in order to liaise with and provide training to international treatment providers
  • Present key research results from studies examining firesetting at academic and applied conferences and in applied settings.
To be successful in this role you will have:
  • Previous research experience.
  • Bachelor Degree in Psychology (2:1 or above) or equivalent.
  • Previous experience of collecting data within secure mental health facilities and prisons.
  • Previous experience training practitioners or other key personnel on clinical issues.

School of Psychology

The School of Psychology at the University of Kent is consistently rated in the top 20 of UK course providers. Based upon factors such as entry standards, student satisfaction, research assessment and graduate prospects, Psychology at Kent ranked 9th in the 2018 Complete University Guide, 14th in the 2018 Guardian University Guide, and 10th in the 2018 Sunday Times/Times Good University Guide.

Further Information

Closing date for applications: 21 Mar 2018
Interviews are to be held: 05 Apr 2018

Please click on the apply button below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on quoting ref number: SS1340.

Please note - applications must be made via the University’s online application system. You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should clearly and explicitly address the requirements of the Person specification and you should provide clear evidence and examples in your application which back-up any assertions you make in relation to each criterion. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.
For further information about this post, please contact Theresa Gannon ( or telephone +44 (0)1227 824827.
CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

No agencies, thank you.

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