Dr Jenny Mackay is Principal Lecturer (forensic psychology) with responsibility for outreach and student volunteering, Associate Course Leader for MSc Forensic Mental Health, Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Chartered Psychologist. She teaches on both the undergraduate and postgraduate psychology courses on the following modules:
- Psychology of Criminal Behaviour (Level 6)
- Trauma in Children and Adolescents (Level 6)
- Theory & Applications to Mental Health (Level 7; Module Lead)
- Contemporary Issues in Mental Health (Level 7)
Jenny also provides supervision to undergraduate and postgraduate students on their research projects. She is currently on supervision teams for six PhD students.
Before joining NTU, Dr Jenny Mackay conducted her PhD titled, 'Comparing the treatment needs of women and men who perpetrate intimate partner violence'. Jenny currently holds Associate Fellow status with the Higher Education Academy, and is working towards Fellowship.
Prior to this, Jenny has spent her career in predominantly practitioner roles, working with vulnerable clients in a range of settings, both forensic and non-forensic. She has delivered substance misuse work, offending behaviour programmes and psychological one-to-one work in prisons with adults and young adults. She has worked in a Secure Children's Home with 10-17 year olds who have offended or who are considered 'at risk'. Jenny also gained experience carrying out in-depth functional analyses and was trained to write and evaluate Positive Behaviour Support plans whilst working as a Behavioural Clinical Specialist for the NHS with adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. Jenny has also worked for the Probation Service, as a Project and Policy officer for an adult education research charity and has delivered workshops for expectant and new parents.
Jenny is primarily interested in intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration, particularly understanding the evidence base of pathways to perpetration and how these might inform interventions. She is particularly interested in how women come to perpetrate IPV and the psychological mechanisms that underpin this.
Jenny is interested in policy and practice development in this area, specifically, how interventions for those who have perpetrated can be developed to reflect our most up-to-date understanding of the evidence base.
One of the founding members of EBDARN - Evidence-Based Domestic Abuse Research Network. Launched Autumn 2022.
Hine, B. A., Mackay, J., Baguley, T., Graham-Kevan, N., Cunliffe, M., & Galloway, A. (2022). Understanding Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Home Office.
Mackay, J. (in press) “Throwing the first punch before I got hurt” An exploration of the offence process and function of intimate partner violence and abuse perpetrated by imprisoned women. In N. Booth, I. Masson & L. Baldwin (Eds.), Intersectionality, family justice and violence. Bristol University Press
Mackay, J., Bowen, E. & Walker, K. (in press) “What’s the point in talking about it, when I’m the one being punished for it?” Men as both perpetrator and victim of intimate partner violence. In E.A. Bates & J. Taylor (Eds.), Domestic violence against men and boys: Experiences of male victims of intimate partner violence. Routledge.
Hine, B. A., Bates, E. A., Graham-Kevan, N., & Mackay, J. (2022). Comparing the demographic characteristics, and reported abuse type, contexts and outcomes of help-seeking heterosexual male and female victims of domestic violence: Part II – Exit from specialist services. Partner Abuse
Hine, B. A., Bates, E. A., Mackay, J., & Graham-Kevan, N. (2022). Comparing the demographic characteristics, and reported abuse type, contexts and outcomes of help-seeking heterosexual male and female victims of domestic violence: Part I – Who presents to specialist services? Partner Abuse
Conference presentation Understanding the developmental pathways to men and women’s perpetration of intimate partner violence and abuse BPS Division of Forensic psychology annual conference
Mackay, J., Pritchard, C., Yan, R. J., Kuhn, I., Barker, E. (2021). Ambulance clinicians’ identification and management of male victims of intimate partner violence: a systematic review protocol. PROSPERO 2021 CRD42021253584
Newton, A., Mackay, J., Ikhile, D. & Wallace, L. (2020) Domestic abuse perpetrator interventions: Extended Rapid Evidence Assessment. Centre for Crime, Offending, Prevention and Engagement (COPE), Nottingham Trent University.
Conference presentation (Conference cancelled) Understanding the developmental pathways to men and women’s perpetration of intimate partner violence and abuse BPS Division of Forensic psychology annual conference, Solihull
Walker, K., Brown, S., Mackay, J. & Browning, B. (2019) Scoping the evidence on the design, implementation, evaluation and effectiveness of services for children who are vulnerable to, at immediate risk of, or being sexually exploited, or who need help recovering from sexual exploitation. NSPCC
Finalist for Coventry University’s Postgraduate Researcher of the Year award
Bowen, E. and Mackay, J. (2019) ‘Towards evidence-based treatment of female perpetrated intimate partner violence and abuse’. in Intimate Partner Violence: New Perspectives in Research and Practice. ed. by Bates, E. & Taylor, J. Routledge
Mackay, J., Bowen, E., Walker, K. & O’Doherty (2018) Risk factors for female perpetrators of intimate partner violence within criminal justice settings: A systematic review. Aggression and Violent Behavior 41, 128-146
Conference presentation ‘Comparing the pathways to IPV perpetration in women and men’ PsyPAG annual conference, University of Huddersfield
Conference presentation ‘Pathways to IPV perpetration in women and men’ Centre for Violence Prevention, University of Worcester
Awarded ‘People’s Choice’ at the final for Coventry University’s Three Minute Thesis competition
Conference presentation ‘Female perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse: Do we know why and do we know what impact this has on children?’ National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse, University of Worcester
Conference presentation ‘Risk factors for female perpetrators of intimate partner violence and abuse within criminal justice settings: A systematic review’ Violence and Interpersonal Aggression, Coventry University
Poster presentation ‘Risk factors for female perpetrators of intimate partner violence and abuse: A systematic review’ BPS Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, Brighton