PhD Psychology (2018) - University of Central Lancashire - "Rethinking posttraumatic growth: Psychological processes, outcomes and individual differences between survivors of multiple types of adverse events". Supervisors were Professor Nicola Graham-Kevan, Dr. Sarita Robinson and Dr. Michelle Lowe.
MSc Forensic Psychology (2013) - University of Central Lancashire - Distinction.
BSc (Hons) Psychology (2010) - University of Manchester - 2:1.
2019 - present: Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University
2016 - 2019: Researcher, Criminal Justice Partnership, University of Central Lancashire
2013 - 2017: Assistant Psychologist, Coastal Child and Adult Therapeutic Services
2013 - 2015: Research Assistant, EU Assessing Vulnerable Victims Project, University of Central Lancashire
2012 - 2016: Volunteer, Lancashire Probation Service
Matt will be contributing towards the BSc (Hons) Psychology provision.
Matt will be mainly teaching on the BPS-accredited MSc Forensic Psychology course.
From 2013 to 2019, Matt worked in various research and teaching roles at UCLan. He was initially employed as a research assistant on an EU-funded project around repeat victimisation and service engagement among victims of violent crime, working alongside Lancashire Constabulary, Victim Support and Preston Domestic Violence Services. During this time, Matt also interviewed a range of stakeholders and service users as part of an independent evaluation of a specialist sexual violence service. Furthermore, Matt became a senior demonstrator within the School of Psychology at UCLan, assisting in the teaching and marking of undergraduate statistics and forensic psychology modules.
In 2016, Matt gained a further research position under the Violence and Aggression strand of the Criminal Justice Partnership, which is a multidisciplinary academic collaboration across the university on a variety of criminal justice topics, alongside a range of external partners including the police, victim services and Police & Crime Commissioners. Within this role, Matt evaluated initiatives around domestic violence, victim services, and psychological therapies for sexually abused males at risk of sexual offending. He co-authored reports on female sexual offenders and effective support for victims of sexual abuse, and was involved in a joint project with researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London concerning child sexual exploitation in seaside towns.
In 2018, Matt gained his Ph.D. in Psychology under the supervision of Professor Nicola Graham-Kevan and Dr. Sarita Robinson at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). His thesis focused on positive changes after traumatic events, known as posttraumatic growth. Both during and after his Ph.D., Matt has published – and continues to publish – papers on posttraumatic growth in international journals. Alongside this, Matt also has broad interests across clinical and forensic psychology topics, including: cumulative trauma, repeat victimisation, victim vulnerability, general offending behaviour, mental health, posttraumatic growth and resilience. He is currently supervising BSc and MSc students towards publications in these areas.
M. Brooks, N. Graham-Kevan, S. Robinson, M. Lowe (2019). Trauma Characteristics and Posttraumatic Growth: The Mediating Role of Avoidance Coping, Intrusive Thoughts, and Social Support. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 11(2), pp.232-238.
M. Brooks, N. Graham-Kevan, M. Lowe, S. Robinson (2017). Rumination, event centrality, and perceived control as predictors of post-traumatic growth and distress: The Cognitive Growth and Stress model. British Journal of Clinical Psychology. 56(3), pp.286-302.
J. Bryce, M. Brooks, P. Robinson, R. Stokes, M. Irving, et al. (2016). A qualitative examination of engagement with support services by victims of violent crime. International Review of Victimology. 22(3), pp.239-255.
M. Brooks, M. Lowe, N. Graham-Kevan, S. Robinson (2016). Posttraumatic growth in students, crime survivors and trauma workers exposed to adversity. Personality and Individual Differences. 98, pp.199-207.
M. Lowe, VJ. Willan, R. Khan, M. Brooks, P. Robinson, et al. (2015). Predictors of engagement with support services in a sample of UK victims of violent crime. British Journal of Community Justice. 13(3), pp.21-34.
R. Khan, VJ. Willan, M. Lowe, P. Robinson, M. Brooks, et al. (2015). Assessing victim risk in cases of violent crime. Safer Communities. 14(4), pp.203-211.
A. McGauran, M. Brooks, R. Khan The role of emotional resilience, childhood parentification, and attachment style on antisocial behavior in adulthood: A comparison of an offender and normative population. Journal of Criminal Psychology.
N. Graham-Kevan, M. Brooks, VJ. Willan, M. Lowe, P. Robinson, et al. (2015). Repeat Victimisation, Retraumatisation and Victim Vulnerability. The Open Criminology Journal. 8(1), pp.36-48.
M. Brooks, R. Khan (2015). Psychosocial influences that motivate young offenders to engage in a non-custodial community intervention. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology. 26(3), pp.351-367.
N. Graham-Kevan, M. Brooks (2016). Effective support for victims of sexual violence: A systematic review of reviews.
Matt has co-authored bids that secured funding to evaluate victim services for Cheshire and Lancashire Police & Crime Commissioners.
2013 - 2017: Assistant Psychologist, Coastal Child and Adult Therapeutic Services.
British Psychological Society - member of the Division of Forensic Psychology, and member of the Crisis, Disaster and Trauma section.