Dr Roxanne Khan

Dr. Roxanne Khan

Director of Honour Abuse Research Matrix (HARM)

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB221

+44 (0) 1772 89 5175


Subject Areas: Psychology, Criminology and Policing, Public Health

Roxanne is Director of Honour Abuse Research Matrix (HARM), an international research consortium working to establish evidence-based policies and front-line responses to honour abuse. She works with the Criminal Justice Partnership (Violence and Aggression), UCLan.

Roxanne is research active in the area of family and community violence, including domestic abuse, sexual coercion, exploitation and homicide.

Research Degree enquiries welcome. If you would like to do a PhD or MSc with Roxanne, please contact her directly rkhan2@uclan.ac.uk

For details about her training and consultancy portfolio please see HARM.

Full Profile

Dr. Khan is an expert in violence and aggression.

As Director of HARM, she is responsible for coordinating a multi-disciplinary transnational network of researchers, practitioners, policy makers, support agencies and survivors working to develop sustainable evidence-based strategies in response to the global health crisis of honour abuse, in all its forms - violence, killings, forced marriage and FGM.

HARM is recognised as an important knowledge transfer agency and a leading authority in the field of honour abuse research.

Roxanne’s research paper ‘Honour’-based violence in a British South Asian community was recognised for research impact by a national publisher, winning Emerald Publishing Literati Award for Highly Commended Paper 2019.

She is Academic Partner for Lancashire Partnership Against Domestic Abuse, a multi-agency steering group based at Lancashire Constabulary HQ. She is also Expert Advisor and Research Ethics Committee Reviewer, Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse, a multi-disciplinary team, funded by the Home Office and hosted by Barnardo’s.

Roxanne has two decades’ experience of working with forensic clients and patients within the community, prison settings, and high-security hospitals, delivering individual therapy and group-based psychological interventions, as well as individually-tailored interventions and awareness programmes.

  • PgCert, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (UCLan), 2009
  • PhD, Psychology (Glasgow Caledonian University), 2005
  • MSc, Forensic (Legal and Criminological) Psychology (Glasgow Caledonian University), 2000
  • BSc (Hons), Psychology and Sociology with Applied Social Policy (QM University College, Edinburgh), 1999

PhD-Beth Hall (Social Status, Social Media & Gang Activity)

PhD-Salma Qasim (Stigma of schizophrenia in BAME people)

PhD-Thomas Nally (IPV victim safety strategies)

MRes-Bernadette Wilson (Dark Triad and IPV)

PhD-Amy Roberts (Sexual exploitation)

MPhil-Hamza Naseer (Honour-based violence)

PhD-Kirsty Alderson (Sexual exploitation in young people)

PhD-Ioan Ohlsson (Aggressive motivation in offenders)


Khan, R., Brewer, G., & Archer, J. (2019). Genetic relatedness, emotional closeness and physical aggression: A comparison of full and half sibling experiences. Europe’s Journal of Psychology.

Hughes, A., Brewer, G., & Khan, R. (2019). Sexual coercion by women: The influence of pornography and Narcissistic and Histrionic Personality Disorder traits. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Lowe, M., Khan, R., Thanzami, V., Barzy, M., & Karmaliani, R. (2019). Anti-gay ‘honor’ abuse: A multinational attitudinal study of collectivist vs individualist orientated populations in Asia and England. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Khan, R., Saleem, S., & Lowe, M. (2018). ‘Honour’-based violence in a British South Asian community. Safer Communities, 17(1), 11-21

Khan, R. (2017). Sibling violence: Validating a two-factor model of severity in nonoffender populations. Psychology of Violence, 7(4), 498-507.

Khan, R. & Rogers, P. (2015). The normalization of sibling violence: Does gender and personal experience of violence influence perceptions of physical assault against siblings? Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(3) 437–58.

More publications

  • Course Leader, BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology
  • Module Leader, Forensic Psychology: Introduction (core year 2)
  • Forensic Psychology: Violent and Sexual Offending (core year 3)
  • MSc Advanced Forensic Psychology (Conversion)


CPD Training Courses

  • Evidence-based continuing professional development
  • Adult and children safeguarding
  • Honour abuse, killings, forced marriage and FGM
  • Domestic abuse, coercion and sexual exploitation
  • Courses tailored to fit your organisational requirements

Safeguarding Consultancy

  • Policy and procedures
  • Discovery and development
  • Reviews and audits
  • Trainer training
  • Handbooks


  • Primary and secondary research
  • Systematic literature reviews
  • Scoping studies
  • Research planning advice
  • Plain English reporting

External Activities

Expert Advisor and Research Ethics Committee Reviewer: Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse –Barnardo’s

External Examiner, MSc Applied Criminology & Forensic Psychology, Napier University, Edinburgh

Academic Partner: Forced Marriage, Honour Based Abuse and FGM steering group: Lancashire Partnership against Domestic Abuse. 


Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)

Chartered Scientist, British Psychological Society.

Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society.  

Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society.

Social Media


Khan, R. (2019d). Invited address: ‘When water is thicker than blood: Mental health, trauma and shame in British South Asian Communities’. One-day trauma conference, The mental well-being of BME women, at the Hilton Hotel, Islington, London, 28th September.

Khan, R. (2019c). Invited address: Evidence based approaches to tackling honour based abuse and violence. One-day conference: Wellbeing and mental health: at Community Safety Hub, Middlesborough, 11thJuly.

Khan, R. (2019b). Invited keynote: The stigma of shame on mental health in BAME communities. One-day conference: Well Being and Mental Health Conference: held at Sahara Community, Preston, 1st May.

Khan, R. (2019a). Opening Address at First Annual HARM Network Conference. One day conference: ‘A new paradigm:  developing multidisciplinary partnerships to combat honour violence, forced marriage and FGM’, at the Harris Museum, Preston, 25th April.

Khan, R. (2018). Invited address: Homophobic ‘Honour’ Abuse Experienced by South Asians in England. Two-day international conference on ‘Honour Related Conflicts. Intercultural Challenges and Cross-Border Dynamics in Immigration Integration’. Hosted by Danish Ministry of Immigration and Integration, held at the Eigtveds Pakhus, Strandgade, Copenhagen, Denmark, 22nd to 23rd November.

Khan, R. (2018). Opening Address at one-day HARM Network launch event: at the Media Innovation Studio, University of Central Lancashire, 5th July.

Khan, R. (2017). Invited symposium Chair at one-day conference: ‘Public Policy Exchange:  Working in Partnership to End Forced Marriage and ‘Honour’ Based Violence”, at the Grange Wellington Hotel, London, 13th September.

Khan, R. (2016). Invited address. Establishing an international HBV research platform. One-day conference on ‘Public Policy Exchange:  Working in Partnership to End Forced Marriage and ‘Honour’ Based Violence”, at the Strand Palace Hotel, London, 22nd of September.

Khan, R. (2016). Invited address. Examining ‘Honor’-Based Violence through a psychological lens: The influence of individualism vs collectivism on perceptions in Europe and South Asia. One-day conference on ‘Domestic Violence and Intersectionality. Between Gender, Ethnicity and Collectivity’, at University of Turku by Faculty of Law, Finland, 6th April.