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Kimberly Collins

T:
01642 342332
Job title:
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology
E:
k.collins@tees.ac.uk
School/department:
School of Social Sciences, Business & Law
 
 
Research:
Social Sciences, Business & Law research
 
 

About Kimberly Collins

Kimberly Collins

Kimberly Collins
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, School of Social Sciences, Business & Law
T: 01642 342332
E: k.collins@tees.ac.uk
Research: Social Sciences, Business & Law research

Dr Kimberly Collins is a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology in the School of Social Sciences, Business and Law. She studied her first degree in Psychology at Stirling University where she stayed on to complete an MSc in Psychological Research Methods, and a PhD supervised by developmental psychologists Dr Martin Doherty and Professor Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon. 



Her MSc and PhD work was funded by a 1 + 3 ESRC scholarship, and examined the impact of the rapport building phase on children’s verbal and non-verbal communication in child investigative interviews. She commenced her most recent post at Teesside University in June 2011, and completed her PhD studies in the winter of 2012. Kimberly has experience in teaching forensic and developmental psychology, and research methods at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Currently she is module leader for ‘Applied Forensic Psychology’, ‘The Psychology of Investigations’ and ‘Law, Justice, and Psychology’. She is also the programme leader for the BSc (hons) degree in Forensic Psychology. Finally, she regularly participates in business engagement for the University and is on the School of Social Sciences and Law Business Engagement Committee, and is the academic representative for the school's policy committee.

Kimberly also works as a registered intermediary for Triangle services www.triangle.org.uk/ Her work as an intermediary involves assessing the communication needs of vulnerable individuals who are participating in the criminal justice system. Based on the findings of her assessments she provides recommendations to the police and criminal courts on how best to question these vulnerable individuals. 

Research interests

Kimberly is a researcher within the Social Futures Institute at Teesside University and is a member of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (http://www.iiirg.org/), the European Association of Psychology and Law, and the British Psychological Society. 



Her research interests focus on the facilitation of the communication of vulnerable witnesses, and sex offenders during police interviews and in court. Her research has a strong focus on both the role of verbal and non-verbal cues in communication. During her research she has collaborated with various UK police forces.

Kimberly is currently working on several research projects. The first is a project looking at rapport building and barriers to rapport during real life investigative interviews with children. This is in collaboration with the police and Professor Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon from Newcastle University. A second project with the police is examining the rapport between police officers and child sex offenders during investigative interviews. 

She is also working with Triangle services www.triangle.org.uk/ and Sussex police on a new approach for assessing children’s understanding of truth and lies during the pre-substantive phase of investigative interviews

Finally, Kimberly has conducted several research projects looking at jury perceptions of intermediary work in the court room.

Enterprise interests

Kimberly has trained local police forces on how to build rapport with children and interview young children during investigative interviews.  Kimberly is a trained forensic interviewer for vulnerable victims and witnesses.

Kimberly is an intermediary development officer for the North of England.  This involves training practitioners about the work of intermediaries and supervising local intermediaries who work with defendants who have communication difficulties.

Kimberly has delivered training workshops on behalf of the National Crime Agency.  These workshops have focused on rapport building and the assessment of truth and lies with vulnerable witnesses.


Publications

Collins, K., Doherty-Sneddon, G., & Doherty, M. J. (2014). Practitioners’ perspectives on rapport building during child forensic interviews, the journal of Psychology, Crime and Law, 20, 884-901.

Hart, J. & Collins, K. (2014). A back to basics approach to offender supervision:Does working alliance contribute towards the success of probation? European Journal probation, 6, 112-125.

Collins, K., Doherty-Sneddon, G., & Doherty, M. J. (under review). A collaborative approach to rapport building during child interviews. Article submitted to the journal of Legal and Criminological Psychology.

Collins, K., & Oxburgh, G.E. (in prep). Review of rapport building practice in investigative interviews. Article due for submission to Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling.

Collins, K., Prior, J., & Marchant, R. (in prep). Qualitative practitioner experiences of working with Triangle when interviewing vulnerable individuals for criminal proceedings. Article due for submission to Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice.

Dale, K., & Collins, K. (in prep). Gang activity in young offender prison settings. Article due for submission to the journal of Psychology, Crime and Law.

Peer reviewed conference proceedings and key note presentations:

Collins, K. (2014). How to facilitate the communication of vulnerable individuals and suspected offenders during criminal proceedings. Invited keynote presentation to Northumbria University student conference, 3rd March, Northumbria University, UK.

Collins, K. (2013). How to build rapport and use rapport to inform your practice with children and young people in the criminal justice system. Invited presentation to the Special Measures seminar for the National Crime Agency, 7th November, the College of Policing, UK.

Collins, K. (2013). Mentored challenge with Triangle. Presentation to the Vice Chancellor of Teesside University on the collaborative work with Triangle, 24th September, Teesside University.

Collins, K., & Mattison, M. (2013). Review of collaboration between Triangle and Sussex Police. Paper presentation at the 6th Annual Conference of the Investigative Interviewing Research Group, 3rd-5th July, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Collins, K., & Eaton, A. (2013). Communicative scaffolding in the rapport phase of child investigative interviews. Paper presentation at the 6th Annual Conference of the Investigative Interviewing Research Group, 3rd-5th July, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Collins, K., & Eaton, A. (2013). The communicative impact of rapport building with Internet child sex offenders. Paper presentation at the 6th Annual Conference of the Investigative Interviewing Research Group, 3rd-5th July, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Marchant, R., Prior, J., & Collins, K. (2013). Truth lies and muddles: new ways to explore children’s understanding of truth and lies. Paper presentation at the 6th Annual Conference of the Investigative Interviewing Research Group, 3rd-5th July, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Collins, K. (2013). Rapport building and the non-verbal behaviour of children: Implications for the practice of Registered Intermediaries in the Criminal Justice System. Invited presentation to the Registered Intermediaries Development Day for the Ministry of Justice, 21st February, the College of Policing, UK.

Collins, K., Doherty, M.J. & Doherty-Sneddon, G. (2012). The relationship between the rapport building phase and children’s communication in child forensic interviews. Paper presentation at the 5th Annual Conference of the Investigative Interviewing Research Group, 24th-26th May, Toronto, Canada.

Collins, K., Doherty, M.J. & Doherty-Sneddon, G. (2011). The relationship between rapport building and children’s communication: Qualitative interviews with Scottish practitioners. Paper presentation given at the 4th Annual Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, 1st – 3rd June, Abertay University, Dundee, Scotland.

Collins, K., Doherty, M.J. & Doherty-Sneddon, G. (2011). The impact of rapport practice on child witness recall and anxiety. Paper presentation given at the 4th Annual Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, 1st – 3rd June, Abertay University, Dundee, Scotland.

Collins, K., Doherty-Sneddon, G., & Doherty, M. J. (2010). It’s all to play for: An alternative approach to rapport building during child investigative interviewing. Paper presentation given at the 3rd Annual Conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group, 22nd – 24th June, Stavern, Norway.

Collins, K., Doherty-Sneddon, G., & Doherty, M. J. (2010). It’s all to play for: An alternative approach to rapport building during child investigative interviewing. Poster presentation given at the 20th Annual Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law, 15th – 18th June, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Collins, K., Doherty-Sneddon, G., & Doherty, M. J. (2009). Playing with rapport: The communicative impact of building rapport during child investigative interviews. Paper presentation given at the Annual Conference of the BPS Developmental Section, 9th – 11th September, Nottingham, UK.

Collins, K., Doherty-Sneddon, G., & Doherty, M. J. (2009). Playing with rapport: The communicative impact of building rapport during child investigative interviews. Paper presentation given at the 19th Annual Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law, 2-5th September, Sorrento, Italy.

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In the news

  • SoFI Seminar Series: No Rapport, No Comment: The Relationship Between Rapport and Communication During Investigative Interviews With Child Internet Sex Offenders
    Gazette Live online, 22/10/2014
    An event at Teesside University with Professor Anna van Wersch and Dr Kimberley Collins.