Dr. VJ Willan

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB211

+44 (0) 1772 89 3727


Subject Areas: Psychology

Aggression Research Group

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Victoria worked as a research assistant in the School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire , prior to being appointed as a lecturer in 2001.

BSc (Hons), Psychology (UCLan), 1997
MSc, Psychology (UCLan), 1998
PhD, Psychology (UCLan), 2005


Graham-Kevan, N., Brooks, M., Willan, V.J., Lowe, M., Robinson, P., Khan, R., Stokes, R., Irving, M., Karwacka, M., & Bryce, J. (2015). Repeat Victimisation, Retraumatisation and Victim Vulnerability. The Open Criminology Journal, Vol. 8, 000-000.

 Khan, R., Willan, V.J., Lowe, M., Irving, M., Graham-Kevan, N., Robinson, P., Brooks, M., Stokes, R., Karwacka, M., & Bryce, J. (Accepted, 2015). Assessing victim risk in cases of domestic violence. Safer Communities.

Willan, VJ. & Pollard, P. (2002). Males Acquaintance Rape Proclivity: A Multivariate Approach. In M. Martnez (Ed.), Prevention and Control of Aggression and the Impact on its Victims. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum.

Willan, VJ. & Pollard, P. (2003). Likelihood of Acquaintance Rape as a Function of Males’ Sexual Expectations, Disappointment, and Adherence to Rape Conducive Attitudes. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Vol. 20(5): 637-661

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Victoria's major research interests are to do with males' acquaintance rape proclivity and the effects of individual differences in attitudinal correlates of rape and situational factors (eg misperception of sexual consent and non-consent, the role of alcohol and the level of sexual intimacy). She is also interested in general sex differences in the traditional sexual script, sexual communication, and sexual strategies.

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Catherine McQuade


Course Leader for BSc Psychology and Criminology; Module Leader for PSC005 Introduction to Psychology & PS1010 Methods and Practice of Psychological Inquiry. Main teaching activities include delivery and assessment of research methods and statistics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Additional teaching areas include forensic psychology and profiling offenders.