People in Forensic Psychology Unit

Goldsmiths Department of Psychology has a growing research strength in forensic psychology and the Unit includes research students and a number of external members from the UK and around the world.

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Professor Fiona Gabbert

Professor Fiona Gabbert is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Forensic Psychology Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London. She also chairs the Scientific Committee of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group. Fiona’s research has had an international impact on operational procedures via introducing evidence-based investigative interview tools and training resources to the field. 

Dr Caoimhe McAnena

Dr Caoimhe McAnena is a Chartered Forensic and Clinical Psychologist and a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths.  She is the co-director of the MSc Forensic Psychology and her teaching focuses on forensic practice. Caoimhe's research interests are in the area of public perceptions of offenders and the influence of media on public attitudes to offending and rehabilitation. She is particularly interested in developing research and other practice-based projects in collaboration with forensic organisations.


Dr Gordon Wright

Dr Gordon Wright examines the psychology and behaviour of liars from a social cognitive and communicative perspective. His research is based on the notion that by better understanding how liars act and interact with their victims, more effective applications of lie detection and credibility assessment may be developed. This work finds very real application in the interviewing of suspects. Gordon is particularly passionate about bringing theory and research to real-world application.

Dr Adrian Scott

Dr Adrian Scott is a Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is a member of the Forensic Psychology Unit and Co-Director of an accredited MSc programme in Forensic Psychology. Adrian is a chartered psychologist with associate fellow status within the British Psychological Society and has a broad interest in forensic psychology, specialising in the areas of stalking, non-consensual image sharing, investigative interviewing and eyewitness testimony.

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Dr Alexandra Bailey

Dr Alexandra Bailey is a Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is a member of the Forensic Psychology Unit. Alexandra is a Registered Forensic Psychologist, working within the field of child sexual abuse prevention. She has also worked within the prison service and forensic secure hospitals. She has a broad interest in forensic psychology, specialising in the areas of offline and online sexual offending, and women who commit offences.

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Emma Davies

Emma Davies PhD SFHEA is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Goldsmiths.  She currently leads research and development on trauma-informed practice in Higher Education.  Her forensic research has focused on victims, adverse childhood experiences, rape and child sexual abuse, and domestic violence.  She’s interested in the relationship between research, policy, and practice, combining her experience in the academy with previous policy analysis roles in government agencies.

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Tiffany Elmore

Tiffany Elmore is a Teaching Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has completed doctoral studies in both Law and Psychology. Her PhD research investigated auditory eyewitness identification and memory and she is currently interested in research involving gender disparities in crime reporting and the use of AI in predictive policing.

PhD students

Jo Kenrick

Jo Kenrick

Jo Kenrick is researching the extent to which deception can be considered a skill – are deceptive abilities consistent? does practice make perfect liars? do people know whether they are good or bad liars? She is also a Teaching Fellow at Goldsmiths and an Associate Tutor and Lecturer at Birkbeck College.  Supervisors: Dr Gordon Wright and Prof Fiona Gabbert.

Chelsea Mainwaring

Chelsea Mainwaring

Chelsea Mainwaring is researching the role of bystanders in the context of image-based sexual abuse (IBSA). She is particularly interested in how bystanders respond to incidents of IBSA and what factors are related to the likelihood of intervention in these contexts. By addressing these research questions, Chelsea hopes to have practical, real-world implications in preventing IBSA and minimising the impacts upon victims. Alongside her research endeavours, Chelsea is also an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. Supervisors: Dr Adrian Scott and Prof Fiona Gabbert.

Celine Brouillard

Celine Brouillard

Celine Brouillard is researching the relationship between rapport and trust as well as the contextual impact of remote interviews on such constructs. She is particularly interested in understanding what contributes to the benefits of building rapport: the behaviours, the feeling of rapport, or both. Celine will review current literature to develop and validate measures of trust and rapport before comparing different remote interview contexts according to accuracy, rapport, trust, and different levels of self-disclosure. Supervisors: Prof Fiona Gabbert and Dr Adrian Scott.

Maddie Taylor

Maddie Taylor

Maddie Taylor is researching brain injury and executive function challenges faced by offenders. Specifically, the connection between traumatic brain injury and executive functioning in both offenders and ex-offenders. Maddie is also interested in how offender rehabilitation can be directed towards helping with executive function impairments and how this can be used to aid individuals in desisting from crime. Supervisors: Dr Ashok Jansari and Dr Caoimhe McAnena.