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Understanding clinical psychopathy: Exploring cognitive and affective functioning and developing a new self-report measure

The PhD research aims to understand explicit and implicit cognitive and affective processing in psychopathy using community, clinical, and forensic populations. It will develop and evaluate a new self-report measure to assist with this. The aim is for a measure that places more emphasis on abnormal personality than criminality, therefore reverting back to the original conceptualisation of the construct first proposed by Cleckley (1982). It will also allow for more examination of cognition and affect in psychopathy and in doing so, will help develop further theoretical models of psychopathic processing. These will include cognitive theories such as the theory of information processing (Huesmann, 1998), response modulation (Wallace et al. 1991), and those focusing on affective processing, such as Beck’s theory of emotional disorders (Beck, 1987).

Research Centre: Forensic Psychology & Aggression Research

Timeline: 2010 - 2014

 

Project Staff

Funding

This research is funded by:

  • Ashworth Research Centre (ARC),
  • Mersey Care NHS Trust,
  • High Secure Psychiatric Services.

Expertise and Subject Areas

  • Clinical Psychopathy
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology

 Further information

For further information please contact Michael Lewis, Postgraduate Research Student mlewis@uclan.ac.uk, and Professor Jane L. Ireland JLIreland1@uclan.ac.uk

 

Public Outputs

Lewis, M., Ireland, J. L., Abbott, J., & Mulligan, C. (2010, September). Assessing clinical psychopathy: Developing a new self-report measure. Paper presented at the Management of Personality Disorder Conference, Mersey Care NHS Trust, Liverpool.

Lewis, M., Ireland, J. L., Abbott, J., & Mulligan, C. (2012, February). Using an expert Delphi to examine areas of importance in psychopathy. Poster presented at the Emerging Treatments for Schizophrenia Conference, Mersey Care NHS Trust, Liverpool.

Lewis, M., Ireland, J. L., Abbott, J., & Mulligan, C. (2012, June). Understanding clinical psychopathy: Exploring cognitive and affective functioning and developing a new self-report measure. Paper presented at the Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff.
Lewis, M., Ireland, J. L., Abbott, J., & Mulligan, C. (2012, July). Understanding clinical psychopathy. Paper presented at PsyPAG 2012. University of Northumbria, Newcastle.

Lewis, M., Ireland, J. L., Abbott, J., & Mulligan, C. (2012, December). Understanding clinical
psychopathy: Exploring explicit cognitive and affective processing in a sample of students and prisoners. Poster presented at the Division of Clinical Psychology Annual Conference,
Oxford University, Oxford.