Centre for European and International Studies Research

PhD profile

Miss Joanne Richards

  • Qualifications: BA Combined Studies (University of Liverpool), PGCE Teaching Children with Severe Learning Difficulties (University of Bristol), B.Phil. (Education) Multi Sensory Impairment (University of Birmingham)
  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone:
  • Email: joanne.richards@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Centre for European and International Studies Research
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I have worked in special education for many years, having particular interest in the development and educational needs of students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). However, after becoming a distance learning student on the MSc course criminology and criminal psychology at Portsmouth University, and taking on work as an appropriate adult my focus of attention has shifted. I am now concerned with the experiences of people with ASD when in contact with the criminal justice system.

My PhD research proposes to look at interviewing techniques used by the police and assess the effectiveness of these methods when used with interviewees with ASD.  Thus, this research will examine the communication difficulties, memory deficits and psychological theories associated with ASD and identify the implications these may have upon the police interview. It is hoped that the research will work towards creating methods of interviewing which are compatible towards the needs of people with ASD.