You’ll have noticed it’s a bit quiet on here – I ran out of time to keep this updated but still maintain an active Twitter presence at @crimepsychblog. Follow me there for regular updates on:

  • News on recent psychological research with forensic relevance (witness issues, victimology, homicide, sexual crime, aggression, crime reduction, rehabilitation of offenders, PTSD etc) and research in other disciplines that may be relevant (eg forensic linguistics, psychiatry, criminology)
  • Current affairs articles with forensic relevance
  • Notification of recently published journal articles with forensic relevance
  • Updates on criminal justice matters in the UK (eg new initiatives, notification of publication of papers by the Home Office or other Government agencies, publication of stats and Government sponsored research)
  • Job adverts in relevant areas
  • Conference notifications
  • Internet links of interest

About me

My passion is translating research into practical advice and guidance for non-psychologists, and for helping other psychologists find relevant new research.

I’m Research Fellow in Psychology at Lancaster University. My career includes?more than a decade leading?a psychology and social science research team conducting and?communicating research for a range of law enforcement and other public sector customers.

I have a particular interest in betrayal, deception and credibility assessment. It’s such a rich field?that a few years ago I created the?온라인 룰렛Deception Blog?for posts on these topics.

As well as my work and training in legal and criminological psychology I have a parallel interest in the psychological qualities required to survive and thrive in extreme environments.?I am author (with Paul Martin) of??Extreme: Why some people thrive at the limits, published by OUP in?2014.

I hope you find the site useful and interesting (even if it isn’t very up to date anymore!)

Dr Emma Barrett


My PhD is from the University of Birmingham. You can read my thesis here.

Barrett, E.C., & Martin, P.M. (2014). Extreme: Why some people thrive at the limits. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Barrett, E. C., & Hamilton?Giachritsis, C. (2013). The victim as a means to an end: Detective decision making in a simulated investigation of attempted rape.?Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling,?10(2):200-218.

Ormerod, T. C., Barrett, E. C., & Taylor, P. J. (2008). Investigative sense-making in criminal contexts. In J.M.C. Schraagen, L. Militello, T. Ormerod, and R. Lipshitz (Eds.). Naturalistic Decision Making and Macrocognition. Aldershot : Ashgate Publishing

Alison, L., Barrett, E. C., & Crego, J. (2007). Criminal investigative decision making: Context and Process. In R. R. Hoffman (Ed.), Expertise Out of Context (Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making) (pp. 79-95). New York, NY: Lawrence Erlbaum

Barrett, E. C. (2005). Psychological research and police investigations: does the research meet the needs? In L. Alison (Ed.), The Forensic Psychologist’s casebook: Psychological profiling and criminal investigation (pp. 47-67). Cullompton: Willan Publishing.

Alison, L., & Barrett, E. C. (2004). The Interpretation and Utilization of Offender Profiles: A critical review of “traditional” approaches to profiling. In J. Adler (Ed.), Forensic Psychology: Concepts, Debates and Practice (pp. 58-77). Cullompton, England: Willan Publishing.

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