Luke Vinter is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology based within the Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit (SOCAMRU), and Associate Course Leader for the MSc Forensic Mental Health. Before becoming a lecturer, Luke was a PhD researcher within SOCAMRU, and his research focussed on working with autistic individuals in prison-based interventions to address sexual offending. Luke's current research interests centre around working with/supporting vulnerable prisoner groups, sexual offending, forensic interventions, and lived experiences.
Luke teaches on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate psychology modules, including:
- Studies in Legal Psychology (Module Leader)
- Psychology in the Criminal Justice System (Module Leader)
- Psychological and Behavioural Difficulties in Childhood (Applied Child Psychology MSc)
- Contemporary Issues in Mental Health (Forensic Mental Health MSc & Psychological Wellbeing MSc)
- Psychology of the Family
Additionally, Luke supervises final year undergraduate and postgraduate Psychology research projects.
Luke was previously a Research Assistant with SOCAMRU, prior to commencing his PhD, where he worked, and continues to work closely on qualitative research projects pertaining to vulnerable prisoner populations in HMP Whatton and HMP Stafford, more specifically exploring the experiences of autistic prisoners and exploring experiences/understanding of dementia among prison staff and prisoners.
Previous to his PhD at NTU and Psychology (Conversion) MSc at the University of Chester, Luke studied Law with Criminology BA at Aberystwyth University.
Luke’s current main research area is Applied Forensic Psychology and he is a member of the Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit (SOCAMRU). Luke's research experience is predominantly applied qualitative, prison-based research. Luke's PhD was a mixed-method project, which focussed on working with autistic individuals in prison-based interventions to address sexual offending.
Luke’s research interests include:
- Autism, offending and the criminal justice system.
- Lived experiences of/supporting vulnerable prisoner groups.
- Participatory research.
- Forensic interventions.
- Dementia in prison populations.
More broadly, Luke's other research interests include: supporting mental health and wellbeing; applied research supporting vulnerable individuals/communities; supporting quality of life for individuals with cancer, dementia and/or other serious physical health conditions; human-nature interactions; and other phenomenological (lived experiences) research (e.g. paranormal experiences, spiritual/religious experiences).
Sponsors and collaborators
- Vinter, L. P., Dillon, G., & Winder, B. (2020). ‘People don’t like you when you’re different’: Exploring the prison experiences of autistic individuals. Psychology, Crime & Law.
- Dillon, G., Vinter, L. P., Winder, B., & Finch, L. (2018). ‘The guy might not even be able to remember why he's here and what he's in here for and why he's locked in’: residents and prison staff experiences of living and working alongside people with dementia who are serving prison sentences for a sexual offence. Psychology, Crime & Law, 1-18.