In addition to research and supervision I help students on a pastoral level. I put students in contact with helping agencies for economic, disability, or other social needs (I recently helped a student get a place in a women’s refuge). As a teacher and researcher involved in a variety of projects and campaigns I communicate clearly at all levels, to encourage, motivate, team-build, and develop strategy.
I am now mother and step-mum of 4 children (age 23yrs, 20yrs, 15yrs, and 3yrs). Our roots in the region go back 30 yrs since my partner Mark A Holmes came here as a vet student in 1979. Mark is an academic vet researching into animal diseases, and is frequently consulted by farms and local animal trusts. Many of our longstanding friends are in animal health, horse breeding and training.
My children went to local schools and colleges and my eldest son works for a local business. My daughter worked in a bookshop, at a local language school, and in Spain as an intern with the Spanish Liberal Democrats before going to University in October.
I also belong to a variety of campaign groups such as Liberty, Sense about Science, NO2ID, and the Safety First Coalition. I have carried out systematic reviews for the Cochrane Collaboration and have done much research on the effectiveness of psychological treatment for sexual offenders - a topic of constant political, public, and media debate. My empirical work in this area has influenced a variety of user groups: Government departments such as the Home Office, Health, NGOs, and local authorities, as well as researchers, academics, and practitioners in journals such as the BMJ. Professional memberships include The European Association of Psychology and Law, American Psychological Association, British Psychological Society (Chartered 2001), American Society of Criminology, European Association of Criminology, British Society of Criminology, Higher Education Academy (Institute for Learning and Teaching), The Fawcett Society.
I have been a consultant to HM Prison Service Offending Behaviour Programme Unit and have maintained a useful link between research, policy makers and prisons. In addition to the advisory work I have done in parliament to ministers, parliamentarians I am also consultant to TV programme makers, and other media sources. This public engagement to more widely inform the public is a really rewarding part of my work.I am a member of the management committee of the Cambridge Socio-Legal Group – an interdisciplinary group who have arranged a series of seminars each year for the past eight years. We have covered all aspects of social policy from parenting (including state and social parenting), welfare and contact, the interface of science and social policy, death and dying, autonomy, as well as finance and economic wellbeing.
In any spare time I enjoy healthy pursuits with family and friends, walking in the countryside or along the race courses. Teaching our youngest to swim at the local pools is a regular weekend event.