Dr. Carol Ireland

Director MSc Forensic Psychology

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB209

+44 (0) 1772 89 3420


Carol is research active within the area of psychology and is a member of the Forensic Research Group.

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Dr Ireland was awarded her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Open University in 2010. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Central Lancashire in 2001. Her thesis was titled "Problems in Adapting to Prison Life".

She has an MSc in Psychology and Criminology from the Manchester Metropolitan University, awarded in 1997.

Dr Ireland has an undergraduate psychology honours degree from the University of Central Lancashire, awarded in 1995.


Brown, S.L., & Ireland, C.A. (2006). Coping style and distress in newly incarcerated male adolescents, Journal of Adolescent Health, 656 – 661.

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Dr. Ireland is a registered psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council.

She is past Chair and past Vice-Chair of the Division of Forensic Psychology, part of the British Psychological Society.


Dr Ireland has a wide range of research interests. These include: Violent and sexual offenders; cognitive deficits in sex offenders; mentally disordered sex offenders; attitudes towards sex offenders; coping and health among offenders and conflict management. She regularly undertakes a range of research projects, including in the NHS.


Course Director for MSc Forensic Psychology

Course Director for other applied post-graduate certificates (e.g. crisis negotiation, sex offending)