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Dr Roxanne Khan

Senior Lecturer (Forensic Psychology), Director of Honour Abuse Research Matrix (HARM)
School of Psychology and Computer Science

Roxanne is Director of Honour Abuse Research Matrix (HARM), an international research consortium working to establish evidence-based policies and front-line responses to honour abuse. She works with the Criminal Justice Partnership (Violence and Aggression), UCLan. Research Degree enquiries welcome. If you would like to do a PhD or MSc with Roxanne, please contact her directly For details about her training and consultancy portfolio please see HARM.

Dr. Khan is an expert in violence and aggression. As Director of HARM, she is responsible for coordinating a multi-disciplinary transnational network of researchers, practitioners, policy makers, support agencies and survivors working to develop sustainable evidence-based strategies in response to the global health crisis of honour abuse, in all its forms - violence, killings, forced marriage and FGM. HARM is recognised as an important knowledge transfer agency and a leading authority in the field of honour abuse research.

She is Academic Partner for Lancashire Partnership Against Domestic Abuse, a multi-agency steering group based at Lancashire Constabulary HQ. She is also Expert Advisor and Research Ethics Committee Reviewer, Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse, a multi-disciplinary team, funded by the Home Office and hosted by Barnardo’s. Roxanne has two decades’ experience of working with forensic clients and patients within the community, prison settings, and high-security hospitals, delivering individual therapy and group-based psychological interventions, as well as individually-tailored interventions and awareness programmes.

  • PgCert, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, UCLan, 2009
  • PhD, Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University, 2005
  • MSc, Forensic (Legal and Criminological) Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University, 2000
  • BSc (Hons), Psychology and Sociology with Applied Social Policy, Queen MargaretUniversity College, Edinburgh, 1999
  • Emerald Publishing Literati Award for Highly Commended Paper, 2019 for research paper "‘Honour’-based violence in a British South Asian community" published in Safe Communities in 2018
  • True Honour Awards 2020 (nominee) hosted by IKWRO - Women's Rights Organisation
  • Family and Community Violence
  • Domestic Abuse and Homicide
  • Sexual Coercion and Exploitation
  • 'Honour' Abuse and Violence including Forced Marriage and FGM
  • External Roles
  • Expert Advisor and Research Ethics Committee Reviewer: Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse –Barnardo’s
  • External Examiner, MSc Applied Criminology & Forensic Psychology, Napier University, Edinburgh
  • Academic Partner: Forced Marriage, Honour Based Abuse and FGM steering group: Lancashire Partnership against Domestic Abuse.
  • Memberships
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)
  • Chartered Scientist, British Psychological Society
  • Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society