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Rebecca Lievesley

Rebecca Lievesley

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Rebecca Lievesley is a Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in psychology, specialising in forensic psychology.

She is the Associate Course Leader for the MSc Forensic Psychology and teaches on a number of postgraduate modules including ‘Professional Forensic Practice’ and is the module lead for ‘Mixed Methods’.

She also teaches on a range of undergraduate psychology modules, being the lead for ‘Psychopathology and Offending Behaviour’ and ‘Psychology of Sexual Offending’ as well as a tutor and supervisor for thirds year projects. In addition she also supervises a number of PhD students on forensic projects.

Career overview

Rebecca has worked and researched within the Criminal Justice System for many years having been employed as a Research Fellow for the Sexual Offences Crime and Misconduct Research Unit (SOCAMRU) prior to becoming a lecturer.

Research areas

Rebecca is a member of the Sexual Offences Crime and Misconduct Research Unit (SOCAMRU) and is involved in a range of applied research projects and evaluations, with findings having been disseminated internationally.

Her research work and interests include:

  • Reoffending and desistance in short sentenced offenders
  • Evaluation of pharmacological treatment with convicted sexual offenders
  • Sexual preoccupation and hypersexuality in sexual offenders
  • Evaluation of Circles of Support and Accountability
  • Exploring religiosity in sexual offenders
  • Prevention of sexual offending
  • Non-offending populations with self identified paedophilia
  • Offender rehabilitation, resettlement and desistance

External activity

  • Co-founder and Trustee of the Safer Living Foundation Charity
  • Research collaborations with HMP Whatton, HMP Nottingham, HMP Lowdham Grange, Rampton High Secure Hospital, HMP Stocken and Nottinghamshire Offender Healthcare
  • Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP)

Sponsors and collaborators

Research collaborations with:

  • HMP Whatton
  • HMP Nottingham
  • HMP Stocken
  • HMP Lowdham Grange
  • Rampton High Secure Hospital
  • Nottinghamshire Police and Probation
  • National Offender Management Service
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Nottinghamshire Offender Healthcare