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Academic Biography

Dr Nikki Carthy is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law. Nikki is a member of the Centre for Applied Psychological Science and is the founder of the Early Career Researcher network for the centre and co-founder and editor of the centre’s research blog. She is a Chartered Psychologist and a member of the British Psychology Society Division of Forensic Psychology. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Nikki is a trained Triangle Intermediary; this work includes conducting communication assessments with vulnerable people to ensure they are questioned appropriately within the Criminal Justice System. She currently sits on RASSO and Domestic Abuse panel of experts working alongside the Crown Prosecution Service for progression of cases through the Criminal Justice System.

Nikki’s previous roles have included Chair of the Board of Trustees at EVA Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis Centre. She played a key role in the strategic leadership of the organisation and supported the development of the 45+ project which was launched in 2014 to provide more awareness and service provision for mid-life and older women who have fallen victim to domestic abuse. Before moving to Teesside University in 2014, Nikki was part of the International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology at Huddersfield University where she conducted her PhD research under the supervision of Professor David Canter and Dr Donna Youngs. Nikki’s research focused on deconstructing offenders’ narratives using the LAAF methodological approach. She also had a number of research roles at the centre where she worked on different projects including ICON (international comparison of offenders’ narratives) project, and collaborative projects with national police forces including ASBO (analysis of spatial behaviours of offenders) project, SPEL (suspect prioritisation, elicitation and linkage) project, and the impact of attrition on the investigation of rape offences project.

Summary of Research Interests

Nikki’s research interests focus on interpersonal violence and trauma across the lifespan.

Current projects explore marginalised victim groups of intimate partner violence such as older adults, males, same-sex partnerships; sexual offending among young people, supporting victims and offenders in the justice system, and trauma informed practice within mental health, offender rehabilitation, education, and policing.

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • Chartered Psychologist - British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Honorary Secretary - North East of England Branch of British Psychological Society
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Member of Violence, Abuse and Mental Health Network (VAMHN)
  • Member of International Academy of Investigative Psychology (AI-IP)
  • Member of International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG)
  • Peer reviewer for various academic journals

External Research Collaborations

  • North Yorkshire Psychological Therapies 
  • Salford University, UK
  • Bishop Grosseteste University, UK
  • EVA Women's Aid and Rape Crisis Centre, UK
  • Unviersity of Cumbria, UK
  • Northumbria University, UK
  • International research centre for investigative psychology, University of Huddersfield, UK

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Course Leader for BSc Forensic Psychology

Module leader for Applied Forensic Psychology and Psychopathologies, Psychometrics and Individual Differences



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