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Matt Brooks

Research Assistant in Violence and Aggression

Greenbank Building, GR236

+44 (0) 1772 89 5652

mbrooks5@uclan.ac.uk

Matt is a research assistant in the Violence and Aggression strand of the Criminal Justice Partnership based at the University of Central Lancashire. He is also a PhD researcher focusing on positive changes after traumatic experiences. Matt’s current research interests lie in the areas of cumulative trauma, male victims, mental health, posttraumatic growth and victim vulnerability. Prior to this role, Matt has previous experience working as a research assistant and senior demonstrator.

Matt has experience teaching and marking on various undergraduate forensic psychology and statistics modules.

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After gaining a Distinction in his M.Sc. Forensic Psychology course, Matt joined the University of Central Lancashire as a research assistant on an EU-funded victimisation study from 2013 to 2015. This project was concerned with issues of repeat victimisation and service engagement among victims of violent crime in Preston, working alongside Lancashire Constabulary, Victim Support and Preston Domestic Violence Services.

Alongside his research position on the EU project, Matt became a senior demonstrator within the School of Psychology, assisting in the teaching and marking of undergraduate statistics and forensic psychology modules. During this time, Matt also interviewed a range of stakeholders and service users as part of a private evaluation of a specialist sexual violence service.

In early 2014, Matt began a part-time Ph.D. in the area of psychological trauma under the supervision of Dr. Nicola Graham-Kevan and Dr. Sarita Robinson. Specifically, his research focuses on posttraumatic growth which considers the potential for positive changes after experiencing adverse or traumatic events. Matt also has wide ranging interests in the broad areas of mental health, trauma and victimology, with publications in these areas.

In 2016, Matt gained a further research assistant position on the Violence and Aggression strand of the Criminal Justice Partnership, which is an academic collaboration across the university on a variety of topics related to criminal justice, alongside a range of external partners.

Aside from his academic role at the university, Matt has previous experience working therapeutically with young people who present with harmful sexual behaviours and emotional needs. He is also trained in a number of psychological assessments and risk assessments.

Qualifications

Ph.D. Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, ongoing.
M.Sc. Forensic Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, 2013.
B.Sc. (Hons.) Psychology, University of Manchester, 2010.

Memberships of Professional and Learned Bodies

  • Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society: Member of the Division of Forensic Psychology;
  • Member of the Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology Section

Publications

1. Brooks, M., Lowe, M., Graham-Kevan, N., & Robinson, S. (2016). Posttraumatic growth in students, crime survivors and trauma workers exposed to adversity. Personality and Individual Differences, 98, 199-207.

2. Bryce, J., Brooks, M., Robinson, P., Stokes, R., Irving, M., Lowe, M., Graham-Kevan, N., Willan, V. J., Khan, R., & Karwacka, M. (2016). A qualitative examination of engagement with support services by victims of violent crime. International Review of Victimology, 22(3), 239-255.

3. Brooks, M., & Khan, R. (2015). Psychosocial influences on the motivation of young offenders to engage in a non-custodial community intervention. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 26(3), 351-367.

4. Graham-Kevan, N., Brooks, M., Willan, V. J., Lowe, M., Robinson, P., Khan, R., Stokes, R., Irving, M., Karwacka, M., & Bryce, J. (2015). Repeat victimisation, retraumatisation and victim vulnerability. Open Criminology Journal, 8, 36-48.

Research

Research activities

Matt’s current research interests lie in the areas of cumulative trauma, male victims, mental health, posttraumatic growth and victim vulnerability.

Projects

Matt is involved in various projects under the Violence and Aggression strand of the Criminal Justice Partnership.

Conferences

Children’s Rights – Along the Journey from Victims to Survivors. UK, 2016.

Assessing Vulnerable Victims. UK, 2015.