PhD Legal Psychology - University of Huddersfield (UK) entitled "An Examination of the Relationship between Psychological Constructs, Juror Attitudes, and Individual Verdict Decisions within Rape Trials"
MSc Investigative Psychology (Distinction) - International Research Centre of Investigative Psychology, University of Huddersfield (UK)
BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology (1st Class) University of Huddersfield (UK)
Prior to joining Manchester Metropolitan University in December 2019, Dominic was employed as a Research Fellow within the None-in-Three Research Centre for Gender-Based Violence at the University of Huddersfield and has held teaching and research posts at the University of Chester, Leeds Trinity University, and the University of Essex.
Between December 2014 and September 2016, Dominic volunteered as a Community Support Worker for the Victim Support Charity in West Yorkshire (UK).
Studying Forensic Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University will equip you with a range of transferable skills, knowledge, and experience necessary for careers in the Police, Prison, and Probation Service among many other specialist roles including Government Analysts, Data Analysts, Intelligence Officers, Assistant Psychologists, and Research positions.
I currently teach on the following modules/units;
BSc Forensic Psychology
MSc Forensic Psychology
PhD Supervision (on-going)
• Russell Woodfield - University of Huddersfield (Co-supervisor) - completed (subject to revisions)
• Georgia Barnett - (Externally funded by HMPPS) - University of Huddersfield (Co-supervisor)
• Gareth Ross (Externally funded by HMPPS) - University of Huddersfield (Co-supervisor)
• Hannah Lorimer (Externally funded by HMPPS) - University of Huddersfield (Co-supervisor)
• Lucie Homer - University of Huddersfield (Co-supervisor)
• Gill Kirkman - University of Huddersfield (Co-supervisor)
• Catherine Phillips - University of Huddersfield (Co-supervisor)
• Lara Hudspith - University of Huddersfield (Co-supervisor)
Masters Supervision (on-going)
• Caroline Lilley (Masters by Research) - University of Huddersfield (Co-supervisor)
With a specialism in Legal and Criminal Psychology, Dominic's research is focused upon the application of psychological principles within criminal justice domains. His primary area of expertise relates to jury decision making and the role of psychosocial factors within the courtroom. Specifically, Dominic’s work focuses upon the extent to which juror bias can impact the impartiality of verdict decisions within rape trials, the findings from which have received attention internationally.
Dominic's research has led to his involvement in on-going policy discussions with various government departments and NGO's and he has been fortunate enough to be invited to provide insights on jury bias to: The Ministry of Justice, The Home Office, Crown Prosecution Service, The National Rape Working Group (New Scotland Yard), National Police Chiefs’ Council, Northern Irish Assembly, Rape Crisis England & Wales, End Violence Against Women (EVAW) Coalition, The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Northumbria, and the United States Air Force.
In 2018 his research was directly referenced in Parliament during a House of Commons Adjournment debate into the need for reform in English rape trials (11:05 - 11:11).
More broadly, he is interested in and publishes around; Fairness in the Criminal Justice System. Attitudes towards Sexual & Domestic Violence, Offending Motivations & Identities, Child Abuse & Neglect and Psychopathy.
D. Boduszek, A. Debowska, N. Sherretts, D. Willmott, M. Boulton, et al. (2019). Are Prisoners More Psychopathic than Non-forensic Populations? Profiling Psychopathic Traits among Prisoners, Community Adults, University Students, and Adolescents. Deviant Behavior.
A. Debowska, D. Boduszek, D. Willmott, AD. Jones (2019). The None in Three Victim Responsiveness Assessment (Ni3: VRA): a new outcome measure for intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention programs. Journal of Children's Services. 14(2), pp.97-106.
D. Boduszek, A. Debowska, D. Willmott, AD. Jones, M. DeLisi, et al. (2019). Is Female Psychopathy Linked with Child Abuse? An Empirical Investigation using a Person-Centered Approach. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. 28(6), pp.708-725.
H. Thew, D. McDermott, D. Willmott (2018). Mindfulness as a Psychological Approach to Managing Self-Harming Behaviours: Application and Review within Clinical Settings. Crime Security and Society. 1(2), pp.5-13.
D. Boduszek, A. Debowska, AD. Jones, M. Ma, D. Smith, et al. (2018). Prosocial video game as an intimate partner violence prevention tool among youth: A randomised controlled trial. Computers in Human Behavior. 93, pp.260-266.
D. Boduszek, A. Debowska, N. Sherretts, D. Willmott (2018). Psychopathic Personality Traits Scale (PPTS): Construct Validity of the Instrument in a Sample of U.S. Prisoners. Frontiers in Psychology. 9,
A. Debowska, D. Boduszek, N. Sherretts, D. Willmott, AD. Jones (2018). Profiles and behavioral consequences of child abuse among adolescent girls and boys from Barbados and Grenada. Child Abuse & Neglect. 79, pp.245-258.
R. Woodfield, D. Boduszek, D. Willmott (2018). Introduction and psychometric validation of the prison personnel trauma measure (PPTM). European Journal of Trauma & Dissociation. 3(4), pp.257-262.
D. Willmott, D. Boduszek, A. Debowska, R. Woodfield (2018). Introduction and validation of the Juror Decision Scale (JDS): An empirical investigation of the Story Model. Journal of Criminal Justice. 57, pp.26-34.
A. Debowska, D. Boduszek, K. Dhingra, N. Sherretts, D. Willmott, et al. (2018). Can We Use Hare’s Psychopathy Model within Forensic and Non-Forensic Populations? An Empirical Investigation. Deviant Behavior. 39(2), pp.224-242.
S. Ryan, N. Sherretts, D. Willmott, D. Mojtahedi, BM. Baughman (2018). The missing link in training to detect deception and its implications for justice. Safer Communities. 17(1), pp.33-46.
D. Willmott, S. Ryan, N. Sherretts, R. Woodfield, D. McDermott (2018). Motivation: A critical consideration of Freud and Rogers' seminal conceptualisations. Polish Psychological Bulletin. 49(2), pp.229-234.
D. Willmott, D. Boduszek, R. Robinson (2017). A psychodynamic-behaviourist investigation of Russian sexual serial killer Andrei Chikatilo. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology. 29(3), pp.498-507.
S. Ryan, D. Willmott, N. Sherretts, K. Kielkiewicz (2017). A Psycho-Legal Analysis and Criminal Trajectory of Female Child Serial Killer Beverley Allitt. European Journal of Current Legal Issues. 22(2),
A. Debowska, D. Boduszek, AD. Jones, D. Willmott, N. Sherretts (2017). Gender-Based Violence-Supportive Cognitions in Adolescent Girls and Boys: The Function of Violence Exposure and Victimization. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. pp.088626051774162-088626051774162.
T. Dlamini, D. Willmott, S. Ryan (2017). The Basis and Structure of Attitudes: A Critical Evaluation of Experimental, Discursive, and Social Constructionist Psychological Perspectives. Psychology and Behavioral Science: An International Journal. 6(1), pp.1-6.
D. Boduszek, A. Debowska, D. Willmott (2017). Latent profile analysis of psychopathic traits among homicide, general violent, property, and white-collar offenders. Journal of Criminal Justice. 51, pp.17-23.
A. Debowska, D. Willmott, D. Boduszek, AD. Jones (2017). What do we know about child abuse and neglect patterns of co-occurrence? A systematic review of profiling studies and recommendations for future research. Child Abuse & Neglect. 70, pp.100-111.
D. Willmott (2017). Is it Strange or is it Scary? Examining Salience and Arousal Explanations of the “Weapons Focus Effect”. Internet Journal of Criminology.
N. Sherretts, D. Boduszek, A. Debowska, D. Willmott (2017). Comparison of murderers with recidivists and first time incarcerated offenders from U.S. prisons on psychopathy and identity as a criminal: An exploratory analysis. Journal of Criminal Justice. 51, pp.89-92.
D. Willmott, D. Mojtahedi, S. Ryan, N. Sherretts, O. Simpson, et al. (2017). Psychometric tests as a measure of Personality: A Critical Assessment of Trait versus Situationalist Positions and the NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI-R). EC Psychology and Psychiatry. 3(1), pp.13-18.
D. Willmott, M. Ioannou (2017). A Narrative Based Model of Differentiating Rioters. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice. 56(1), pp.105-124.
A. Debowska, D. Boduszek, D. Willmott (2017). Psychosocial Correlates of Attitudes Toward Male Sexual Violence in a Sample of Financial Crime, Property Crime, General Violent, and Homicide Offenders. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. 30(6), pp.705-727.
N. Sherretts, D. Willmott (2016). Construct validity and dimensionality of the measure of criminal social identity using data drawn from American, Pakistani, and Polish inmates. Journal of Criminal Psychology. 6(3), pp.134-143.
D. Willmott, N. Sherretts (2016). Individual differences in eyewitness identification accuracy between sequential and simultaneous line-ups: consequences for police practice and jury decisions. Current Issues in Personality Psychology. 4(4), pp.228-239.
D. Boduszek, A. Debowska, D. Willmott (2018). Psychopathic Personality Traits Model (PPTM): a new approach to defining psychopathy. M. DeLisi. In: Routledge International Handbook of Psychopathy and Crime. Routledge,
M. Oostinga, D. Willmott (2017). Scientific Jury Selection. B. Baker, R. Minhas, L. Wilson. In: Psychology and Law: Factbook. European Association of Psychology and Law,
D. Willmott (2017). Jury Psychology. B. Baker, R. Minhas, L. Wilson. In: Psychology and Law: Factbook. European Association of Psychology and Law,
D. Willmott Independent Evaluation of Operation Enhance: An Immediate Joint Secondary Response Initiative to Domestic Abuse Calls for Service. , Cheshire Constabulary.
D. Boduszek, A. Debowska, E. Trotman Jemmott, H. Da Breo, D. Willmott, et al. (2017). Victimisation, violence perpetration, and attitudes towards violence among boys and girls from Barbados and Grenada. University of Huddersfield Press, European Union.
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