Dr. Michael Lewis

Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB205

+44 (0) 1772 89 4450

mlewis9@uclan.ac.uk

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Dr Michael Lewis is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire. He has experience of multi-method working with hard to engage offender groups, including those with raised levels of clinical psychopathy, which is his area of research specialism. Dr Lewis is the lead author on the Psychopathic Processing and Personality Assessment (PAPA) and Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice. He currently works as a core therapist on a long-term violence treatment programme for offenders. He also has a background in policing and is a trained crisis/hostage negotiator (NHS).

Dr Lewis works closely with a number of police forces in the UK, supporting them with matters relating to child sexual exploitation, domestic violence and officer mental health. As such, he is the Policing Research Lead for the MSc Forensic Psychology programme.

Qualifications:
  • PhD, Forensic Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, 2014
  • University Certificate, Enhancing Skills in Clinical Case Formulation, University of Central Lancashire, 2012
  • MSc, Forensic Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, 2010
  • BSc (Hons), Psychology with Criminology, Leeds Metropolitan University, 2009

Publications

Ireland, J. L., Ireland, C. A., Lewis, M., Jones, C., & Keeley, S. (2016). Initial development of an implicit and explicit approach to assess psychopathy. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 46, 117-128.

Lewis, M., Ireland, J. L., Abbott, J., & Ireland, C. A. (2017). Initial development of the Psychopathic Processing and Personality Assessment (PAPA) across populations. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 54, 118-132.

Lewis, M., & Ireland, J. L. (2019). Understanding motives for aggression in forensic psychiatric patients: A preliminary study. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 30, 496-509.

Mooney, R., Ireland, J. L., & Lewis, M. (2019). Understanding interpersonal relationships and psychopathy. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, doi: 10.1080/14789949.2019.1615102

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Memberships

  • Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), British Psychological Society
  • Associate Fellow (AFBPsS), British Psychological Society
  • Member, Division of Forensic Psychology, British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Scientist (CSci), The Science Council
  • Fellow (FHEA), Higher Education Academy

Teaching activities and responsibilities

Module Lead:

  • PS4805: Psychology, Investigation and the Courtroom

Module/Programme Contributions:

  • PS4801, Psychology and the Legal System
  • PS4805, Psychology, Investigation and the Courtroom

Dissertation Supervision:

  • PS4980: Advanced Forensic Psychology Project

External Affiliations and Roles

Subject External Examiner:

  • BSc (Hons) Criminal Psychology, University of Derby (2016 to 2020)
  • MSc Forensic Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University (2016 to 2020)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour (2019 to 2023)

Editorial Responsibilities:

  • Editor-In-Chief, Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research

Peer-Review Responsibilities:

  • Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology