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Dr Michelle Newberry BSc, MSc, PgCLTHE, FHEA, CPsychol, PhD

Lecturer in Criminology, School Academic Integrity Officer

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Dr Michelle Newberry is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Criminology in the School of Social, Economic and Political Sciences at the University of Southampton.

I joined the department in March 2018, after working for 9 years as a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology (in the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology; ICRFP at the University of Portsmouth and at Sheffield Hallam University). Prior to my posts in academia, I worked with personality disordered offenders in NHS secure hospitals, and for HM Prison Service, conducting psychometric assessments with violent offenders and carrying out prison evaluation research.



Research interests

Primary research group
Institute of Criminal Justice Research (ICJR):

Research Interests
My research primarily seeks to understand offenders’ motivations for criminal behaviour, in particular violent offending. I am especially interested in domestic violence, animal cruelty and murder, for example how domestic violence perpetrators abuse and kill family pets to control and manipulate victims, and the link between animal cruelty and human violence. More generally, my research looks at desistance from offending and the efficacy of therapeutic community prisons to promote attitude and identity change. In addition to violent offending, my research focuses on the exploitation of animals and wildlife crime, including dog trafficking in Malaysia, the illegal wildlife trade and traditional Chinese medicine (e.g. the use of powdered rhino horn and pangolin scales), and the poaching of marine species (particularly sea turtles and their eggs).


PhD supervision
I have supervised the following PhD students to completion:

  • 'Exploring Women’s Experiences of Supported Resettlement’. Director of Studies for Jennifer Hardy (October 2013 to July 2018).
  • 'Introducing risk assessment to the Maltese Probation Service'. Director of Studies for Chantal Avellino at the University of Portsmouth (October 2010 to January 2014), Funded by the Maltese Probation Service.
  • 'Maladaptive personality traits and their influence on violent and sexual aggression'. Principal Supervisor for Louise Maxwell at City University London (October 2010 to October 2013). Student funded. 

I am currently supervising the following PhD students: 

  • ‘The reintegration process of female sex- trafficked victims in Indonesia’ (Joint Director of Studies for Sasie Rekha (January 2018 to January 2021). Funded by the University of Southampton. 
  • ‘The assessment of recovery capital, social identity mapping, and community connectors among female offenders within a community resettlement service’. Second supervisor for Zeddy Chaudry (March 2017 to March 2020). Match-funded by the offender resettlement service.

Former advisor for the following PhD students:

  • 'Dark Triad traits and justification of immoral behaviour’. Sara Hughes (October 2015 to March 2018). Funded by Sheffield Hallam University.
  • ‘Child grooming: Predicting level of risk to prioritise offenders’. Oliver Merry (October 2016 to March 2018). Funded by Sheffield Hallam University.
  • ‘Transnational Child Sex Offending: Understanding Threat to Disrupt and Target.’ Second supervisor for Sarah Wefers (October 2017 to October 2020). Funded by Sheffield Hallam University.  

I am interested in supervising PhD students at the University of Southampton in areas related to violent offending (e.g. domestic violence, animal cruelty, murder), wildlife crime, the international wildlife trade, trafficking, poaching, and attitude change among offenders.

  • Academic Integrity Lead for the School of Economic, Social and Political Science, University of Southampton
  • Member of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) programme Peer Review College (PRC)
  • Expert Reviewer for the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) Trainee Psychiatrists’ Modules 
  • Member of the Institute of Criminal Justice Research (ICJR)
  • Member of the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI)
  • Member of the Organising and Scientific Committee, Athens Institute of Education and Research 
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Criminal Psychology 
  • Ethics Committee Member, Faculty of Social Sciences Ethics Committee, University of Southampton
  • Ethics Committee Member, HM Prison Grendon Research Advisory Group (GRAG) 
  • Ethics Committee Member, Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University (former: September 2012 to March 2018)
  • Member of the Sheffield Domestic Abuse Co-ordination Team, Sheffield City Council (former: September 2013 to March 2018)
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  • Module Convener: Introduction to Criminology (Year 1)
  • Module Convener: Criminological Psychology (Year 2)
  • Module Convener: Penology (Year 3)

I also teach on these modules: 

  • Perspectives in Criminology
  • Criminal Behaviour
  • Violent and Sexual Offenders
  • Contemporary Policing
  • Life Behind Bars
  • Dissertation (I supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation students)

In addition to my current teaching roles above, I have previously held a number of other roles:

  • Course Director, MSc Forensic Psychology (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Module Convener, Offender Treatment and Interventions (MSc Forensic Psychology)
  • Module Convener, Quantitative Research Methods (MSc Forensic Psychology)
  • Module Convener, Forensic Psychology Dissertation (MSc Forensic Psychology)
  • Module Convener, Psychology of Criminal Behaviour (MSc Psychology)
  • Module Convener, Forensic Psychology (BSc Psychological Studies)
  • Module Convener, Witnesses and Victims (BSc Criminology with Psychology)
  • Teaching on the following modules: Assessment and Formulation (MSc Forensic Psychology); Individual Differences and Abnormal Behaviour; Forensic Mental Health; Research Methods and Statistics; and the Psychology Dissertation Module (all on the BSc Hons Psychology); Living with Justice; Psychology for Criminologists; and Criminology Dissertation (BSc Criminology with Psychology)
  • External Examiner for the Open University module 'Counselling and Forensic Psychology: Investigating Crime and Therapy' (September 2016 to February 2018)
  • Awarded two Faculty Inspirational Teaching Awards for my Forensic Psychology and Criminology teaching at Sheffield Hallam University and Tunku Abdul Rahman University, Malaysia (June 2017). I was also nominated for two other Faculty Inspirational Teaching Awards in May 2015 and May 2016.


Dr Michelle Newberry
Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute University of Southampton Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus Southampton SO16 7QF

Room Number: 58/4055

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