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Dr VJ Willan

Senior Lecturer
School of Psychology and Computer Science
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VJ teaches across a range of research methods and statistical techniques using specialist software for our School of Psychology and Computer Science team. With particular expertise in advanced statistical modelling, VJ has collaborated on a number of projects with Greater Manchester police and victim support agencies. VJ is a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. VJ also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate projects on risk factors for sexual aggression and low conviction rates for offenders.

VJ is currently heavily involved in the delivery of research methods teaching and has published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, British Journal of Community Justice, Safer Communities, Policing & Societies, and The Open Criminal Journal. VJ has collaborated on a number of research projects investigating vulnerable victims of domestic violence and victim engagement with support services, which were funded by research grant from the EU research funding body and Lancashire Constabulary.

VJ was statistical advisor to a number of funded projects conducted by National Association for People Abused in Childhood, Victim Support in the UK, Lancashire and Greater Manchester Constabulary. VJ has also presented at a number of International Conferences including the International Society for Research in 2004 and European Association of Experimental Social Psychology in 2005.

  • PhD Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, 2006
  • MSc Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, 1998
  • BSc Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, 1997
  • Lecturer of the Year (Runner-up), University of Central Lancashire, 2016
  • The psychological, social and forensic aspects of the traditional sexual script, with a specific focus on acquaintance rape, predictors of offending behaviour, mitigating contextual and situational factors
  • Background characteristics and risk of victimisation
  • Consequences of victim blame
  • The likelihood of conviction
  • Consultancy interests centre on the statistical evaluation of programme effectiveness, such as: Intervention and rehabilitation of offenders within the probation system
  • Programmes aimed at the treatment and recovery of survivors
  • National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy