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Nikki graduated from Teesside University with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Counselling and an MSc in Forensic Psychology. Nikki moved to the University of Huddersfield to complete a PhD in Investigative Psychology under the supervision of Professor David Canter and Dr Donna Youngs. She also spent time working as a researcher at the International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology before joining Teesside University as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in 2014.
Nikki is a Chartered Psychologist and has worked with national and international police forces on different projects tackling issues such as sexual offending and analysis of offenders spatial behaviours. She is trained in Geographical Offender Profiling and is an Associate member of the International Academy of Investigative Psychology (AI-IP), a member of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG), a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and a Director and Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for EVA Women’s Aid (a charity to support women affected by sexual and domestic abuse). Nikki is also a member of the Social Futures Institute (SoFI).
Nikki’s current projects include examining Offenders Narratives. In this research the narrative experience of incarcerated offenders’ crime episodes is explored drawing comparisons to a non-offending population. In her thesis she employed a novel method of eliciting and analysing narratives now known as the LAAF (Life As A Film) framework. The findings of her narrative research have direct implications for treatment and assessment of offenders. Nikki is also working on a project in collaboration with a local charity EVA Women’s Aid, this project is investigating practitioner’s perceptions of domestic and sexual violence in older women.
Nikki’s additional research interests are related to the broader fields of Forensic and Investigative Psychology, in particular:
• Sexual offending
• Domestic violence
• Interpersonal violence
• Narrative Experience of Offending
• Spatial behaviours
• Investigative Interviewing
Youngs, D., Canter, D. & Carthy, N. (2014). The offender’s narrative: Unresolved dissonance in life as film (LAAF) responses. Legal and Criminological Psychology. DOI:10.1111/icrp.12070
Peer reviewed conference proceedings
Carthy, N.L., Youngs, D. & Canter, D. (2014). Criminals’ contaminated script. Presented at IA-IP 15th International Conference, London, UK.
Youngs, D., Canter, D.V. & Carthy, N.L. (2014). The offenders’ narrative: Unresolved dissonance in the Life as a Film (LAAF) responses. Presented at IA-IP 15th International Conference, London, UK.
Carthy, N.L., Canter, D. V., Youngs, D., & Hammond, L. (2012). Policing Rape in England and Wales: Current stand point of rape attrition research. Paper presented at 8th North South Irish Criminology Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
Carthy, N. L., Canter, D. V., Youngs, D., & Hammond, L. (2012). Policing Rape: Attrition trends and policy implications. Paper presented at European Association of Psychology and Law Conference, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Carthy, N. L. (2011). Policing Rape: Attrition trends and policy implications. Paper presented at the International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology Xmas Conference, Huddersfield, UK.
Carthy, N.L., Canter, D., Youngs, D., & Hammond, L. (2011). Rape attrition in the UK. Multi-dimensional scaling. Paper presented at the 13th International Facet Theory Conference, Huddersfield, UK.
Carthy, N.L., Canter, D., Youngs, D., & Hammond, L. (2011). Rape attrition in the UK: Multi-dimensional scaling. Paper presented at the 11th IA-IP annual conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Carthy, N. L. (2011). Allegations of rape: factors contributing to attrition. Poster presented at the UK Graduate Yorkshire and North East Hub annual Poster Competition, Durham, UK.
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