Department of Psychology


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Dr Claire Nee

  • Qualifications: PhD
  • Role Title: Reader in Forensic Psychology
  • Address: King Henry Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6308
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  • Department: Department of Psychology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


Claire Nee joined the Department in 1996 from the Home Office Research and Statistics Directorate. She is the Director of the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology which encompasses her own work and that of 14 other members of staff within the Department (Lucy Akehurst, Dee Anand, Julie Cherryman, Simon Easton, Jackie Hillman, Anne Hillstrom, Lorraine Hope, Sharon Leal, Samantha Mann, Adrian Needs, James Ost, Dominic Pearson, Jim Sauer and Aldert Vrij); several postgraduates; and a number of high-profile external members from across the globe. It brings together considerable departmental expertise in detecting deception, child witnesses, investigative interviewing, offending behaviour, eye-witness memory and false memory syndrome with other external collaborators of world renowned reputation. Claire was an Associate Editor of the BPS journal Legal and Criminological Psychology from 2007-2011.

Teaching Responsibilities

Claire teaches on three degree pathways in the Psychology Department but is most heavily involved in the MSc and BSc in Forensic Psychology.  She teaches on a range of units including interventions with offenders, the psychology of criminal behaviour, research methods and data analysis, introduction to forensic psychology, introduction to experimental psychology and  forensic psychology in context. She supervises the research of numerous undergraduate, MSc and PhD students. She is an undergraduate and postgraduate tutor. From 2008-2013 she was Chair of the Departmental Research Ethics Committee and department representative on the Science Faculty Ethics Committee.


Claire is a member of the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology (ICRFP) within the Department of Psychology. Claire's research has included a variety of forensic areas including crime specific research (burglary and car theft); interventions in prisons; criminality in children; personality disorder in female offenders; electronic monitoring of offenders; intensive probation; self-reported offending; and racism and sexism within the police force. Her current research projects include decision-making in burglars, stigma associated with offending behaviour and reducing risk in very young offenders and vulnerable children. She is currently interested in supervising PhDs regarding the cognition and emotion of burglars in the days leading up to the crime and at the scene of the crime, using multiple methods including simulations (in real environments and using virtual reality), eye-tracking, interviews and experiments. 

See the virtual burglary project from Claire and her team in this Discovery Channel documentary.


Research profile

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