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Luke Vinter

Luke Vinter

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Luke Vinter is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, based within the Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit (SOCAMRU). 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 vulnerable prisoner groups, sexual offending, and forensic interventions.

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.

Career overview

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 prisoners with Autism Spectrum Conditions 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.

Research areas

Luke’s current main research area is Forensic Psychology and he is a member of the Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit (SOCAMRU). Luke currently is completing his PhD, which is focussed working with autistic individuals in prison-based interventions to address sexual offending.

Luke’s research interests include:

  • Forensic interventions
  • Vulnerable prisoner groups.
  • Autism and offending.
  • Dementia in prison populations.

Sponsors and collaborators

HMP Whatton

HMP Stafford.


  • 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.

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