Dr. Rebecca Coleman

Lecturer in Policing and Criminal Investigation

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building, MB126

+44 (0) 1772 89 4251

Subject Areas: Criminology and Policing, Psychology

Full Profile

Rebecca is a lecturer in Policing and Criminal Investigation. She primarily teaches on Master’s Degree programmes, supervises Master’s dissertations and is a member of UCLan’s Policing research team, in addition to engaging with the Criminal Justice Partnership. Rebecca’s doctoral research quantitatively examined serious violent offenders, with a particular focus on age, gender, criminal history, specialisation and predictive factors; she collaborated with a UK police force during this research.


  • Ph.D. Psychology, University of Liverpool, 2016
  • M.Sc. Investigative and Forensic Psychology, University of Liverpool, 2011
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Psychology, University of Liverpool, 2010


Coleman, R., Almond, L., & McManus, M. (in press). Serious violent female offenders. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling  

Research Activities

Member of various research groups (mentioned above), ongoing research with police forces and supervisor for MSc dissertations. Research areas include: Evidence-based policing; Investigative psychology; Serious violent offenders; Criminal histories/Criminal careers; Female offenders/Gender differences in offending; Offender specialisation; Predictive models of violent offending. Research interests also extend to human trafficking and organised crime. 

Teaching activities and responsibilities

FZ4729 Research in Practice 

Membership of professional and learned bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy