Dr Gareth Norris

BSc (Anrhydedd) Seicoleg a Throseddeg, MSc Seicoleg Ymchwiliadol, PhD Seicoleg Gymhwysol a Throseddeg

Dr Gareth Norris

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Department of Psychology

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Gareth joined Psychology in 2014 after eight years lecturing in the Law Department at Aberystwyth. He was previously a lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Liverpool Hope University. He worked in accounting for The Virgin Group after leaving school, but went back into higher education to study Psychology and Criminology at the University of Lincoln. He completed the MSc in Investigative Psychology at Liverpool University and then a PhD at Bond University in Australia. Gareth is a Senior Fellow of the HE Academy and on the editorial board of the journal Personality and Individual Differences. Alongside teaching Forensic Psychology he delivers Quantitative Methods in the Graduate School.

Office Hour Booking: http://tinyurl.com/garethnorris


My two main research areas are: 1. Multi-media technology in forensic settings & in particular the use of animations in the courtroom;
2. The authoritarian personality & fear of crime - a recently completed project, funded by The British Academy, looking at the impact of social-psychological variables (authoritarianism) & perceptions of crime.

I have worked on a project in collaboration with IMPACT & the Prison Service examining issues relating to engaging offenders in employment & education following release from custody. Other areas of research include offender profiling&psychological explanations of criminal behaviour, including impulsivity/ADHD, including work with Ceredigion Youth Justice & Offending Service to develop a risk assessment screening tool.

I supervise a number of PG candidates in areas including the examination of rehabilitation in the Mexican prison system, the use of Restorative Approaches in schools and Police decision making at the scene of RTAs. I have a strong background in quantitative research methods & data analysis & would be happy to supervise in a range of areas relating to criminology, psychology & law.


  • Youth Justice Board. Development of Risk Assessment Tool (?9,600: May 2014-March 2015)
  • Strategic Insight Placement. Technology & Crime - Dyfed-Powys Police (?2250: May-August, 2014)
  • ESRC: Festival of Science (?500: July 2013)
  • Strategic Insight Placement. Interactive teaching multi-media - 360Fusion (?2250: May-July, 2012)
  • The British Academy: Fear of Crime as a Moderator of Authoritarian Attitudes (?2000: January 2008)
  • Joy Welch Educational Trust: Forensic Animation (?2000: September 2007)
  • Crime Solutions: Interactive Crime Scene Photography (?2000: March 2006)
  • IMPACT: Barriers to Resettlement for Disadvantaged Offenders (Circa ?65,000 - August 2005)
  • Centre for Applied Psychology & Criminology: Hate Crimes & the Internet ($2,000: August 2002)


Norris, G & Morris, W 2022, Rural and Farm Crime in Wales.
Norris, G 2021, A Child First Pathfinder Evaluation - Ceredigion Youth Justice and Prevention Service: Towards a Common Preventions Approach Across Wales. Youth Justice Resource Hub. <https://yjresourcehub.uk/images/Wales/Child_First_Prevention_Pathfinder_Evaluation_Ceredigion_YJS_2022.pdf>
Norris, G & Norris, H 2021, 'Building Resilience Through Sport in Young People With Adverse Childhood Experiences', Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, vol. 3, 663587. 10.3389/fspor.2021.663587
Norris, G & Brookes, A 2021, 'Personality, emotion, and individual differences in response to online fraud', Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 169, 109847. 10.1016/j.paid.2020.109847
Knox, L, Norris, G, Lewis, K & Rahman, R 2021, 'Using self-determination theory to predict self-management and HRQoL in moderate-to-severe COPD', Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 527-546. 10.1080/21642850.2021.1938073
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