Nicola conducts research on vulnerable populations particularly within the Criminal Justice System. She is interested in trauma-informed approaches and is an internationally recognised expert in domestic abuse. She supervises student research at undergraduate and post graduate levels.
Nicola has published widely in intimate partner violence perpetration and victimisation, and the psychological impact of adversity and trauma. She was one of the first researchers to explore typologies of coercive control within intimate relationships. She has led research projects and evaluations for a range of clients including the European Union, the Home Office, Police and Crime Commissioners.
Nicola is a director of the Centre for Criminal Justice Research and Partnership and lead for research on violence and aggression. Her areas of research include partner violence, child to parent abuse, interventions programmes, post-traumatic stress and growth. She is a guest professor at MITTUNIVERSITETET, Sweden.
Nicola collaborates with several international research consortiums and delivers keynote presentations and training both nationally and internationally. She has organised regional, national and international conferences. Nicola has been an invited speaker at the events around domestic abuse at the European Parliament, Brussels and in Ankara Turkey. She has also led the British Psychological Society submission on governmental consultations on reducing reoffending and on criminalising coercive control.
Nicola is experienced in conducting research and evaluations for external partners and successfully led many projects. She is a member of Lancashire's reducing reoffending board and Lancashire's Violence Reduction Network's trauma-informed Lancashire working group. Nicola has developed successful intervention programmes for criminal justice populations including the well known Inner Strength programme for domestic abuse.
- PhD, Violence and Control in Heterosexual Relationships, University of Central Lancashire, 2004
- MSc, Forensic Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, 2007
- BSc (Hons), Psychology with Law, University of Central Lancashire, 1997
- Domestic Abuse
- Adverse childhood experiences
- Post-traumatic growth
- Chartered Psychologist
- Chartered Scientist
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Association
- Fellow of the International Society of Research on Aggression
- Member of the Division of Forensic Psychology
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Member of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour
- Member of the Association for the Study of Addiction