Psychology Research in Focus

Our Psychology department is home to a number of lecturers and students who are actively researching and contributing to the development of leading research within the field of Psychology. This blog will be updated frequently to introduce the different topics that are being researched within the team.

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Spring Research in Focus

New publication for MSc Psychology Graduate

Katie Hope graduated from the MSc Legal and Criminological Psychology in 2020 and took part in the Psychology research student volunteer scheme. As part of her final project, she completed her dissertation with Dr Liz Bates on the topic of male victims of intimate partner violence. Specifically, Katie was exploring the lessons that could be learned from Domestic Homicide Reviews with a male victim and a female perpetrator. Katie analysed 22 of these reviews and found that there were numerous missed opportunities by health care services and police to intervene and help men escape abuse. For example, where men’s injuries were dismissed or they were incorrectly assumed to be the perpetrator of the violence.  This is a ground-breaking piece of research utilising a novel source of data, Katie has just had her paper accepted for publication in the Journal Partner Abuse, with Liz, Mark Brooks OBE (Chairman of the ManKind Initiative) and Dr Julie Taylor. The accepted paper can be found here. Katie’s also contributed to an upcoming publication with Liz and Julie about post-separation abuse as part of her research volunteering for our psychology in-house scheme.

Autumn Research in Focus

Intimate Partner Violence: New perspectives in research

In 2019 Dr Liz Bates and Dr Julie Taylor's edited collection, Intimate Partner Violence: New perspectives in research and practice was published. This book is the first in a series, the primary objective of the series is to raise awareness of the range of victims and perpetrators affected by violence in the home. The next two collections are due for release in 2022, Children and Adolescents’ Experiences of Violence and Abuse at Home: Current Theory, Research and Practitioner Insights and Domestic Violence Against Men and Boys: Experiences of Male Victims of Intimate Partner Violence. Each collection includes work from experts in the field from across the globe, including work from colleagues and research students at the University of Cumbria. The Cumbrian specialisms are typically related to working with underrepresented groups within the literature and services, male victims, child and adolescent victims and individuals from the LGBTQ+ community. Julie and Liz have recently joined forces with Professor Jane Callaghan from Stirling University to undertake a large-scale qualitative study seeking to identify the support needs of children who grow up in violent homes.

Are you interested in studying Psychology?

We offer BSc Psychology and BSc Applied Psychology courses with optional integrated foundation years and a range of MSc Psychology courses you can see here. Here at the University of Cumbria we will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need for a successful career in Psychology. It's time for you to make a difference, visit our course page today for more information on the course, call 0845 606 1144 or email enquirycentre@cumbria.ac.uk to speak to an expert and plan your career.