Dr. Michael Lewis

Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB205

+44 (0) 1772 89 4450


Subject Areas: Psychology

Research groups
  • Forensic Psychology
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Full Profile

Dr Michael Lewis is a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). He completed his PhD in 2014, which examined the cognitive and affective components of psychopathy across student, forensic and clinical samples. As part of this, Michael also developed a new self-report measure of the disorder to better capture psychopathic processing. He continues to investigate cognitive and affective processing in psychopathy to enhance assessment and treatment in forensic practice.

Michael has held academic posts at the University of Leicester, the Open University and the University of Essex Online (UoEO). He was the Programme Lead for psychology and criminology at the UoEO, and in collaboration with external academics and practitioners, he designed, developed and validated a new online undergraduate degree in psychology and a postgraduate certificate in policing and criminal investigation.

In addition to his role at UCLan, Michael holds an honorary contract with Mersey Care NHS Trust, High Secure Psychiatric Services, and facilitates on the violence treatment programme. He also has practical and research interests in policing and is training to be a Special Constable with the British Transport Police (BTP).

  • 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


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.

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.


  • Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Scientist (CSci), The Science Council
  • Fellow (FHEA), Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Division of Forensic Psychology, British Psychological Society
  • Member, Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology Section, British Psychological Society
  • Full Associate, International Academy of Investigative Psychology
  • Member, British Society of Criminology
  • Member, Society for Police and Criminal Psychology

Teaching activities and responsibilities

Module Lead:

  • PS4805: Psychology, Investigation and the Courtroom

Module/Programme Contributions:

  • PS3015: Crime: Impacts and Consequences
  • MSc Forensic Psychology

Dissertation Supervision:

  • PS4980: Advanced Forensic Psychology Project

External Affiliations and Roles

Subject External Examiner:

  • BSc (Hons) Criminal Psychology, University of Derby
  • MSc Forensic Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University

Peer-Review Responsibilities:

  • Journal of Criminal Psychology
  • International Journal of Prisoner Health
  • Journal of Forensic Psychology and Psychiatry
  • International Journal of Forensic Mental Health