Department of Psychology


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Dr Dominic Pearson

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) University of Leicester, MSc University of Leicester, PhD University of York, C.Psychol Chartered and HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: King Henry Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6635
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  • Department: Department of Psychology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I joined the department in September 2012 after 12 years of working as a psychologist for the UK probation services in North-East England. I joined the probation service in 2000 and spent four years working in various areas of practice under Chartered supervision. After Chartership I led a small team of trainees and psychology assistants using research evidence to address organisational goals (what works in reducing reoffending). During this time I also worked towards a PhD with the University of York on the application and development of an artificial neural network on offender risk assessment data.  

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach on the MSc in Forensic Psychology and the BSc in Forensic Psychology Year 1 ‘Forensic Psychology in Context’ and the Year 3 ‘Psychology of Offending Behaviour’ module. I coordinate the BSc Psychology Year 3 module ‘Introduction to Forensic Psychology’, and I am Deputy Course Leader for all undergraduate Psychology programmes. I supervise dissertations at BSc, MSc, and PhD levels.


I am a member of the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology (ICRFP) within the Department of Psychology. I am interested in working with individuals or organisations committed to evidence-based practice (‘demonstrable effectiveness’) in the areas of offender risk prediction/risk management and the evaluation of offending behaviour programmes.  

Current projects include an evaluation of the impact of custodial management systems (prisoner self-service kiosks), and an update on the international review of the costs and benefits of sentencing (McDougall, Cohen, Swaray, & Perry, 2008) for the Campbell Collaboration Crime and Justice Group.


Research profile

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