Dr Adrian Scott

Adrian has interests in forensic psychology, focussing on stalking, investigative interviewing and eyewitness testimony.

Staff details

Dr Adrian Scott


Senior Lecturer in Psychology




a.scott (@gold.ac.uk)

I have a broad interest in Forensic Psychology, specialising in the areas of stalking, investigative interviewing and eyewitness testimony. 

I am happy to supervise students in the areas of stalking, investigative interviewing and eyewitness testimony, or related areas. I am interested in supervising new PhD students. Potential students should see my research interests below. Students should email me for an appointment.


ResearchGate - https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Adrian_Scott4
Google Scholar - https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=Yihkdo0AAAAJ&hl=en


Publications and research outputs


Henry, Nicola; McGlynn, Clare; Flynn, Asher; Johnson, Kelly; Powell, Anastasia and Scott, Adrian J.. 2020. Image-based sexual abuse: A study on the causes and consequences of non-consensual nude or sexual imagery. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9780815353836

Scott, Adrian J.. 2019. Forensic Psychology (2nd edition). London: Red Globe Press. ISBN 9781352004861

Scott, Adrian J.. 2010. Forensic Psychology. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230249424

Edited Book

Scott, Adrian J.; Lewis, Alan and Lea, Stephen E.G., eds. 2001. Student debt: The causes and consequences of undergraduate borrowing. Bristol: The Policy Press. ISBN 1861342799

Book Section

Flynn, Asher; Scott, Adrian J. and Cama, Elena. 2024. An empirical research study on barriers, facilitators, and strategies to promote bystander intervention in intimate image abuse contexts. In: Gian Marco Caletti and Kolis Summerer, eds. Criminalizing intimate image abuse: a comparative perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 376-400. ISBN 9780198877813

Coleman, Victoria; Scott, Adrian J.; Gavin, Jeff and Rajakaruna, Nikki. 2022. Crossing a Line? Understandings of the Relative Seriousness of Online and Offline Intrusive Behaviours Among Young Adults. In: Anastasia Powell; Asher Flynn and Lisa Sugiura, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Gendered Violence and Technology. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 229-257. ISBN 9783030837334

Scott, Adrian J.; Mainwaring, Chelsea; Flynn, Asher; Powell, Anastasia and Henry, Nicola. 2022. The extent and nature of image-based sexual abuse among Australian youths: Perspectives from victims, perpetrators and bystanders. In: H. Lim, ed. Interpersonal violence against children and youth. Washington, DC: Lexington Books, pp. 85-108. ISBN 9781793614339


Mainwaring, Chelsea; Scott, Adrian J. and Gabbert, Fiona. 2024. Facilitators and barriers of bystander intervention: A focus group study with a university sample. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 39(11-12), 2655 -2686. ISSN 0886-2605

Zwartz, Micaiah; Thomson, Donald M. and Scott, Adrian J.. 2024. Identity crisis in eyewitness testimony: Exploring visual similarity judgments as an alternative to identification decisions. Criminal Law Journal, 47(2), pp. 93-108. ISSN 1321-6562

Powell, Anastasia; Scott, Adrian J.; Flynn, Asher and McCook, Sarah. 2024. A multi-country study of image-based sexual abuse: Extent, relational nature and correlates of victimisation experiences. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 30(1), pp. 25-40. ISSN 1355-2600


Flynn, Asher; Cama, Elena and Scott, Adrian J.. 2022. Preventing image-based abuse in Australia: The role of bystanders. Project Report. Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra.

Powell, Anastasia; Scott, Adrian J.; Flynn, Asher and Henry, Nicola. 2020. Image-based sexual abuse: An international study of victims and perpetrators. Project Report. Goldsmiths, University of London.

McGlynn, Clare; Rackley, Erika; Johnson, Kelly; Henry, Nicola; Flynn, Asher; Powell, Anastasia; Gavey, Nicola and Scott, Adrian J.. 2019. Shattering lives and myths : a report on image-based sexual abuse. Project Report. Durham University; University of Kent; RMIT University; Monash University; University of Auckland; Goldsmiths, University of London.

Research Interests

I am involved in three ongoing programmes of research in the areas of stalking, investigative interviewing and eyewitness testimony. All three programmes of research are collaborative and reflect my general interest in forensic psychology.

  • Stalking: Examines perceptions and experiences of stalking.
  • Investigative interviewing: Examines the influence of training, as well as planning and self-evaluation practices, on the quality of police recruits’ interviews with witnesses.
  • Eyewitness testimony: Examines the influence of line-up procedures on the accuracy of eyewitness identification decisions, as well as the role of resemblance in person identification.

In addition, I am currently involved in research relating to jury decision making, police officer use of force, prison misconduct and technologically facilitated sexual violence.

I am a member of the Forensic Psychology Unit.