Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis

Dr

  • 10 WEST 3.23

20022021
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Research interests

I am registered with the UK Health and Care Professions Council as both a Forensic and Clinical Psychologist and am currently a Reader in Clinical Psychology at the University of Bath, UK, having previously been Assistant Director of the Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK until 2014.

I have varied experience in both clinical practice and academic settings. I spent several years working in Birmingham Children and Family Services undertaking child/parenting assessments and providing Expert Witness testimony to the courts in child protection cases. I also worked with children and families who were being fostered and/or adopted. Although I have worked with both victims and offenders, the majority of my practice work has focussed on victims of child maltreatment and their parents.

I have an extensive body of research published in peer reviewed journals, as well as by national and international organisations. My research focuses on child maltreatment, trauma and risk assessment, considering both victims (e.g., prediction, prevention and impact of maltreatment) and offenders (e.g., harmful sexual behaviour; online grooming). It always has an applied element, with an aim to impact on individuals, organisations and policy making. During my career, I have undertaken international consultancy (e.g., the British Council) and led European and nationally funded research. I have worked collaboratively with a variety of NGOs and other organisations, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Escaping Victimhood, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and regional police. My work on the early institutionalisation of young children across Europe was considered at international level and led to training in multiple European countries. Current projects are focused on online abuse (e.g., offender identification and differential impact), homicidal bereavement and institutional care.

Research interests 

  • Child maltreatment: prediction, prevention and impact (online and offline), including resilience
  • Online abuse:  victim vulnerabilities, offender grooming and policing
  • Institutionalisation of children
  • Interventions for children and families at risk of or affected by maltreatment
  • Harmful sexual behaviour in young people

My PhD research team based at the Universities of Bath and Birmingham have a variety of projects, including:

  • Evaluating  the impact of a residential programme for homicidal bereavement (Filipa Costa)
  • Attachment representations in institutional care in Chile (Manuela Garcia Quiroga)
  • Cultural perspectives of child maltreatment in Malaysia and the UK (Edward Ong Chet)
  • Parental role in children’s response to trauma (Hope Christie; 1st supervisor- Sarah Halligan)   

Teaching interests

Postgraduate: I am Academic Director of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. My teaching on that course include child protection, expert witness testimony, report writing and facilitating debates.

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Projects 2015 2021

Research Output 2002 2019

Offense Processes of Online Sexual Grooming and Abuse of Children via Internet Communication Platforms

Kloess, J. A., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. E. & Beech, A. R., 1 Feb 2019, In : Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. 31, 1, p. 73-96 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Sexual Child Abuse
Grooming
Internet
Communication
Sex Offenses

The challenges of identifying and classifying child sexual abuse material

Kloess, J., Woodhams, J., Helen, W., Grant, T. & Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., 1 Jan 2019, In : Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. 31, 2, p. 173-196 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Sexual Child Abuse
Law Enforcement
Sex Offenses
Police
Focus Groups

The impact of parental posttraumatic stress disorder on parenting: a systematic review

Christie, H., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., Alves-Costa, F., Tomlinson, M. & Halligan, S. L., 1 Jan 2019, In : European Journal of Psychotraumatology. 10, 1, 1550345.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access

Thesis

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology: Main Research Portfolio

Author: Merwood, A., 8 Sep 2016

Supervisor: Russell, A. (Supervisor) & Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

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Doctorate in Clinical Psychology: Main Research Portfolio

Author: Lambe, S., 16 Sep 2015

Supervisor: Salkovskis, P. (Supervisor), Gregory, J. (Supervisor), Russell, A. (Supervisor) & Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

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Research portfolio submitted in part fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Author: Patel, P., 15 Sep 2017

Supervisor: Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. (Supervisor), Gregory, J. (Supervisor), Dexter-Smith, S. (External person) (Supervisor) & Sadhnani, V. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

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Research portfolio submitted in part fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Author: Rapley, H., 28 Sep 2017

Supervisor: Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. (Supervisor) & Loades, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

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Research portfolio submitted in part fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Author: Shilling, H., 20 Sep 2017

Supervisor: Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. (Supervisor), Randle-Phillips, C. (Supervisor) & Gregory, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

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