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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 Applied Forensic Psychology at the University of Bath, UK.

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 previous and current PhD research team have a variety of projects; examples include:

  • Online bystander interventions (A. Davidovic; current)
  • Neuroimaging and resilience (H. Cornwell & S. Eaton; current)
  • Cultural perspectives of child maltreatment in Malaysia and the UK (E. Ong Chet; 2019)
  • Parental role in children’s response to trauma (Hope Christie; 2019)
  • Homicidal bereavement (F. Costa; 2018)
  • Attachment representations in institutional care in Chile (M. Garcia Quiroga; 2017)
  • Online sexual grooming and abuse via technologies (J. Kloess; 2014)
  • Victim vulnerabiltiies to online grooming (H. Whittle, 2014)  

Teaching interests

Postgraduate: Director of Studies on the new MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology and Counselling. My teaching topics include child maltreatment (theories and practice), online grooming and abuse; expert witness testimony; report writing; professional issues (e.g., codes of conduct; professional and personal boundaries).

Education/Academic qualification

Clinical Psychology - lateral transfer, British Psychological Society

20022006

Forensic Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy

Sep 199420 Dec 1997

PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Birmingham

20012003

Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Birmingham

Sep 1991Jul 1994

Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society

2010 → …

HCPC registered Forensic Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council

2009 → …

Chartered Clinical Psychologist, British Psychological Society

2006 → …

Chartered Forensic Psychologist, British Psychological Society

2002 → …

External positions

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, University of Birmingham

1 Aug 200831 May 2014

Lecturer in Applied Psychology, University of Birmingham

1 Nov 200131 Aug 2008

Independent forensic psychology assessments for chilIndependent forensic psychology assessments for child care proceedingsd care proceedings

1 Jan 19981 Dec 2003

Psychologist, Birmingham Social Services Children and Families - Psychology Department

1 Oct 199731 Oct 2001

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Sexual Child Abuse Medicine & Life Sciences
Grooming Medicine & Life Sciences
Child Abuse Medicine & Life Sciences
Internet Medicine & Life Sciences
Sex Offenses Medicine & Life Sciences
Police Medicine & Life Sciences
Chile Medicine & Life Sciences
sexual violence Social Sciences

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Projects 2001 2021

Research Output 2002 2019

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Internet
Grooming
Psychological Stress
Sexual Behavior
Communication
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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

Open Access
File
Sexual Child Abuse
Grooming
Internet
Communication
Sex Offenses

Psychological interventions for individuals bereaved by homicide: a systematic review

Alves-Costa, F., Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., Christie, H., van Denderen, M. & Halligan, S., 12 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Child Abuse and Neglect.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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: 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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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: Wiseman, H., 23 Aug 2018

Supervisor: Hamilton-Giachritsis, C. (Supervisor) & Hiller, R. (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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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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