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University of Wolverhampton Lecture by Prof Laura Caulfield

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The Psychology of Prisoner Rehabilitation.

by Professor Laura Caulfield, Founding Chair, Institute for Community Research and Development.


Lecture overview: This lecture will cover cutting edge research on rehabilitation in UK prisons. From assessment of risk, to psychologically informed rehabilitation, and non-traditional ways of engaging prisoners, this lecture will take an evidence-based approach to exploring what really works in prisons. The Institute for Community Research and Development at the University of Wolverhampton is involved with a number of projects aimed at: improving prison cells and cell furniture; managing the complex needs of older prisoners; and creative approaches to prisoner rehabilitation. This lecture will share new findings from these research projects.

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Laura is a psychologist and criminologist and for the past 18 years her research has focused on rehabilitation in criminal justice. Her work was instrumental in challenging government policy on restrictions to arts activities in prisons, has influenced the practice of arts programmes working in the criminal justice system, and has developed methodological approaches in seeking to evidence the impact of the arts.

Laura has been invited to speak at the House of Lords to give evidence from her research, and her work has received praise nationally and internationally. For example, she has received a commendation award from the Howard League for Penal Reform for her research achievements; her research was identified as ‘research that will have a profound effect on our future’ by Research Councils UK; and she received special recognition from the Asian Psychological Association in bringing work on Javanese Gamelan music to the UK.

Laura is the author of two books. ‘Forensic Psychology’ was published in 2014, and latest book ‘Criminological Skills and Research for Beginners’ was published in 2018.




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