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Prof. Nicola Graham-Kevan

Reader in the psychology of aggression

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB111

+44 (0) 1772 89 3726

Subject Areas: Psychology

Nicola is research active within the area of Psychology and is a member of the Forensic Research Group.

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Nicola is an aggression researcher specialising in intimate partner violence. She also works with offenders with aggression management difficulties and design interventions. Since 2001, her research output totals 88 pieces of work including research papers, book chapters, published abstracts and conference papers (but excluding professional reports). Nicola has attended and contributed papers to 49 national and international conferences and been invited to speak at 14 events.



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Bates, Elizabeth A., Graham-kevan, Nicola and Archer, John (2013) Testing predictions from the male control theory of men's partner violence. Aggressive Behavior.

Thornton, Abigail Joy, Graham-kevan, Nicola and Archer, John (2013) Development and Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Non-Violent and Violent Offending Behaviour Scale (NVOBS). Aggressive Behavior, 39 (3). pp. 171-181.

Archer, John, Dixon, Louise and Graham-kevan, Nicola (2012) Perpetrator programmes for partner violence: A rejoinder to Respect. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 17 (2). pp. 225-232.

Dixon, Louise, Archer, John and Graham-kevan, Nicola (2012) Perpetrator programmes for partner violence; are they based on ideology or evidence? Criminological and Legal Psychology, 17 (2). pp. 196-215.

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Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society

Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society

Member of the Division of Forensic Psychology

Fellow of the International Society for Research on Aggression

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

Teaching Activities

Nicola is module leader for three modules; a second year module on forensic psychology and two MSc modules Personal Attributes of Victims and Offenders, and Psychology and the Legal System. She also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research. 

External Roles

Nicola is a guest Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Department of Social Sciences, Mittuniversitetet, Sweden.

She is the leader of the Aggression/Forensic research group for the School of Psychology.

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2007 MSc Forensic , Psychology

University of Central Lancashire

2004 PhD, University of Central Lancashire

1997 BSc Psychology with Law, University of Central Lancashire


2012: € 280 590.07 PI grant from the EU Action Grants (Criminal Justice) in collaboration with Lancashire Constabulary.

2010: £110,000 grant from Hull NHS Trust; Project title Evaluation of Social
Marketing Intervention and Service for Male Perpetrators of Domestic Violence in Hull. PI Nicky Stanley, Nicola Graham-Kevan, Rachel Borthwick & Liz Newbronner. £6958 against my post.

2009: £54,000 grant from Mersey Care NHS Trust Research and Development Grant. Project title: Evaluation of long-term violence treatment programme. PI Nicola Graham-Kevan & PI Jane L. Ireland (Nicola Graham-Kevan and Jane L. Ireland: both principle researchers).

2008: £5000 PI from HMP North West. Project Title: A Scoping study of the Psychological Needs of a Cohort of Prisoners within the North of England. PI Nicola Graham-Kevan.

2006: £53,000 grant from Mersey Care NHS Trust Research and Development Grant. Project title: Proactive and reactive motivations for non-sexual aggression (PI Jane L.Ireland, Nicola Graham-Kevan and John Archer).