Dr Stephanie Jane Bennett

Programme Coordinator for BSc Criminology, Lecturer in Criminology and Forensic Psychology

Stephanie Bennett

About

Leads the Quantitative Criminology Lab

 

Stephanie holds a BSc, MSc, PhD in Psychology, and a MSc in Crime Science Investigation and Intelligence.

Stephanie has been teaching for over 20 years, initially at the University of Plymouth (1999-2008) and more recently in the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth between 2011-2021. Stephanie also has been teaching Forensic Psychology (Masters level) for the Open University since 2018.

Stephanie has experience of working for the NHS, and the charity sector (Down Syndrome Education International) as well as extensive experience of teaching and researching both Psychology and Criminology in academic settings. Stephanie is a specialist in quantitative research methods, in particular survey design and analysing survey data using descriptive and inferential methods.

Professional

2021              BPS                                    Associate Fellow

2017              BPS                                    Solent Hub lead – Wessex Branch

2015              BPS                                    Committee member – Wessex Branch

2013               BPS                                   DARTP Chartered member.

2011               HEA                                    Fellow

Publications

Chapters in edited books

Cooper, V. L., Payler, J. and Bennett, S. (2019) ‘Beyond talk: Learning from children and young people experiencing a family health crisis’, in Robb, M., Montgomery, H. and Thomson, R. (eds.) Critical Practice with Children and Young People (2nd edition), Bristol, Policy Press, pp. 143 – 160.

Peer reviewed articles

Bennett, S., Illett, C.,(2021)  Analysis of Police response to the Pandemic. Policing Quarterly. In preparation.

Bennett, S, Milne., R (2021) Interviews with child victims of trafficking, developing best practice (in preparation). Journal of Forensic Practice.

Illett, C & Bennett, S. Inkpen, R, Ghaemmaghami, A G., Charman, S., Smith, P., Newiss, G.  (2021) Public Perceptions of Compliance in the context of Pandemic Policing, Journal of Psychology, Policing, and Law. In submission.

Vakcova, P., Bennett., S., Plowright-Pepper., L (2021) Childrens’ narratives of loss, death and dying during the COVID-19 pandemic. (in review).

Ghaemmaghami, A., Inkpen, R., Charman, S., Illett, C., Bennett, St., Smith, P. and Newiss, G. (2021). Responding to the public during a pandemic: perceptions of ‘satisfactory’ and ‘unsatisfactory’ policing. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice (in review).

Newiss, G., Charman, S., Illett, C., Bennett, S., Ghaemmaghami, A., Smith, P., Inkpen, R.  (2021). Taking the strain? Police wellbeing in the Covid-19 era. The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles. In review.

Charman, S., Bennett., S (2021) Voluntary Resignations from the Police Service: the impact of organisational and occupational stressors on organisational commitment. Policing & Society.   https://doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2021.1891234

Payler, J., Cooper, V. and Bennett, S. (2019) Children and young people living through a serious family illness: structural, interpersonal and personal perspectives. Children & SocietyDOI:10.1111/chso.12348.

Denault, V., Plusquellec, P., Jupe, L. M., St-Yves, M., Dunbar, N. E., Hartwig, M., … van Koppen, P. J. (2019). The analysis of nonverbal communication: The dangers of pseudoscience in security and justice contexts. Anuario de Psicología Jurídica. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.5093/apj2019a9

Smith, P. A., Mound, S., Brown, N., Leonard, R., Lovell, C., & Bennett, S. (2017). Empirical Approaches to Improving the Use of DNA in Crime Scene Investigative Practice. International Journal of Police Science & Management, (Issue 1), 54. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1461355716688921

Fasulo, A., Shukla, J., & Bennett, S. (2017). Find the Hidden Object. Understanding Play in Psychological Assessments. Frontiers in Psychology8, 1. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00323

Bennett, S., Holmes, J. and Buckley, S. (2013) Computerized memory training leads to sustained improvement in visuospatial short-term memory skills in children with Down syndrome. https://doi.org/10.1352/1944-7558-118.3.179

Bennett, S. The Development of Vocational Interests and Abilities in Secondary School Aged Children, PhD Thesis. https://pearl.plymouth.ac.uk/handle/10026.1/1232

Evans, J.St. B.T., Handley, S.J.,Hadjchristidis, C., Thompson, V., Over, D., & Bennett, S.J. (2007). On the basis of belief in causal and diagnostic conditionals. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 60, No. 5. Pages 635-643. https://doi.org/10.1080/17470210601100274

Presentations to political and professional audiences

Payler, J., Cooper, V. and Bennett, S (2018) Extent of need for HOPE support amongst children and young people. Launch of research at the Houses of Parliament, 27th March 2018.

Research reports, consultancy and professional/policy engagement

Ilett, C., Newiss, G., Charman, S., Bennett, S., Ghaemmaghami, A., Inkpen, R. & Smith, P. (2021). Police preparedness and response to Covid-19. Evidence submitted to the Home Affairs Select Committeehttps://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/22325/pdf/

Charman., S., Bennett S., (2021) Understanding voluntary resignations from the police service, The Police Foundation. https://www.policingreview.org.uk/understanding-voluntary-resignations-from-the-police-service/?mc_cid=b2c2fc3859&mc_eid=8155d07430

Charman, S. & Bennett, S. (2021). Understanding voluntary resignations from the police service. The Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales. Retrieved from https://www.policingreview.org.uk/understanding-voluntary-resignations-from-the-police-service/?mc_cid=b2c2fc3859&mc_eid=8155d07430

Chamberlain, L., Karlsen, M., Sinitsky, G., Bennett, S., Plowright-Pepper, L., Vackova, P. (2021) Coronavirus and my life: What children say. Milton Keynes Children Heard/The Open University. http://oro.open.ac.uk/74879/

Payler, J., and Bennett, S. (2020). Workforce composition, qualifications and professional development in Montessori early childhood education and care settings in England. Montessori St. Nicholas Charity, & OU, Milton Keynes, UK. Available online at http://oro.open.ac.uk/72360/1/Open%20University%20Montessori%20final%20research%20report%2021%20Sept%202020.pdf. Accessed 25.9.2020.

Charman, S., Bennett, S. (2019). Police leavers Report commissioned by Anon Police Force in South UK.

Payler, J., Cooper, V. and Bennett, S. (2018) ‘Caring for young carers’ in Children & Young People Now, May 2018.

Bennett, S., Cooper, V. and Payler, J. (2018) The Need for Support: Young People Living Through a Family Health Crisis. Report of research commissioned by Hope Support. http://oro.open.ac.uk/56167/

Bennett, S., Green, N., (2013) ‘Mum can you lend me £20’ Operation Fortress- Survey data analysis report for Hampshire Constabulary.

Conference presentations

Charman, S., Bennett, S.,  Ghaemmaghami, A., Inkpen, R., A Illett, C., Newiss, G., Smith, P., ‘Them and Us’ : An analysis of public attitudes towards policing and compliance during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Open University Centre for Policing Research and Learning Annual Conference “Resilience in Policing and Publics”  26th-28thApril 2021

Charman, S., Illett, C, Newiss, G., Smith, P., Inkpen, R., Bennett, S., Ghaemmaghami, A. Responding to change,  An early analysis of one force’s response to policing a pandemic. UCL Institute for Global City Policing. London Policing Seminar Series 2021. Police Perspectives on Policing the Pandemic 3 February 2021

Bennett, S. & Milne, R. Forensic interviews with children who have been trafficked, developing best practice. British Psychological Society Wessex Branch, July 2019.

Bennett, S., & Milne, R. Forensic Interviews with Child Victims of Trafficking: Understanding the ChallengesPaper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Missing Persons and Adults, Dundee, U.K, June 2017.

Bennett, S. & Milne, R. Forensic interviews with child victims of trafficking, developing best practice. EAPL, Mechelen, May 2017.

Bennett, S., Wakefield et al. Evaluating a critical incident: analyzing data collected during and directly after a critical incident exercise part of symposium for International Emergency Response Day, Portsmouth, Mar 2017.

Bennett, S. A day in the life of a researcher and teacher in Psychology, from child development to crime science. British Psychological Society Wessex Branch Careers Conference, Southampton Solent University, Nov 2016.

Bennett, S., Wakefield et al. Evaluating a critical incident: analyzing data collected during and directly after a critical incident exercise part of symposium for British Psychological Society 5th Military Psychology Conference, Nov 2016.

Bennett, S.J. Buckley, S, Holmes, J, Gathercole, S. Evaluating working memory training for children with Down syndrome. IASSID, Canada, July, 2012. 

Fasulo, A., Bennett, S. Early Communication in children with Down syndrome. Language, Culture and Mind, Lisbon, 2012.  Buckley, S., & Bennett, S.J. A longitudinal study of the emergence of autistic profiles in young children with Down syndrome – what is the picture over 3 years?. Gatlinburg, Annapolis March, 2012. 

Bennett, S.J. Buckley, S, Holmes, J, Gathercole, S. Evaluating working memory training for children with Down syndrome. Cogmed Annual Conference, Florida, February, 2012. 

Bennett, S.J. Buckley, S, Holmes, J, Gathercole, S. Evaluating working memory training for children with Down syndrome. BPS Developmental Conference, Northumbria University, September, 2011. 

Bennett, S.J., Handley, S.J., Dennis, I., Vocational Interests & Science/Spatial Aptitude: how are they related in U.K. Secondary School aged children? BPS Developmental Conference, Northumbria University, September, 2011. 

Bennett, S.J. Buckley, S, Holmes, J, Gathercole, S. Evaluating working memory training for children with Down syndrome. Invited Research Seminar, University of Portsmouth, 24th November, 2010. 

Bennett, S.J. Buckley, S, Holmes, J, Gathercole, S. Evaluating working memory training for children with Down syndrome. DownsEd UK and Europe Down syndrome research Forum, Portsmouth, 11th-12th November, 2010. 

Bennett, S.J. Buckley, S, Fidler, D. Improving problem solving skills in toddlers with Down syndrome. DownsEd UK and Europe Down syndrome research Forum, Portsmouth, 11th-12th November, 2010.

Bennett, S.J. Buckley, S, Holmes, J, Gathercole, S. Evaluating working memory training for children with Down syndrome. IASSID Conference, Rome; 20th-23rd October, 2010. 

Bennett, S.J. Buckley, S, Holmes, J, Gathercole, S. Evaluating working memory training for children with Down syndrome. Cogmed Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, 23rd-27th, September, 2010. 

Bennett, S.J. Buckley, S, Holmes, J, Gathercole, S. Evaluating working memory training for children with Down syndrome. BPS Developmental Section, Goldsmiths, London, 12th-15th September 2010.

Bennett, S.J., Buckley, S. Early development in children with Down syndrome. BPS Developmental Section, Nottingham, 9th-11th September, 2009. 

Bennett, S.J., Buckley, S. Early development in children with Down syndrome. Down syndrome World Congress, Dublin, 19th 22nd August 2009.

Bennett, S.J. The development of vocational interests and abilities in secondary school age children. BPS AGM, Dublin, 2nd-4th April 2008.  Bennett, S.J. The development of vocational interests and abilities in secondary school age children, Preliminary Findings from Phase 1, BPS Developmental Section, Plymouth, 29th-31st August, 2007.

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Research

Stephanie’s research has had a focus on cognitive development in children with and without developmental disability, evaluating the impact of school and home-based educational intervention, in particular the project ‘evaluating working memory training for children with Down syndrome’. Stephanie’s PhD explored the development of vocational interest and abilities in secondary school aged children.

Stephanie is currently working on a research project exploring the impact of having a parent in prison on children and families in collaboration with a charity who deliver interventions in the community (YSS) and the Open University.

Also, in collaboration with the Open University, Stephanie is currently working on two projects, one of which is exploring children’s perceptions of the Pandemic through drawings and written narratives, and the other is a Systematic Review of literature published on ECEC staff qualifications and child outcomes.

After her PhD, Stephanie completed a Masters in Crime Science Intelligence and Investigation, focusing on evaluating witness interviews for children who have been trafficked into the UK. Stephanie has just finished a project exploring why police officers leave the police and is on the team of researchers at on the large-scale project ‘Policing the Pandemic’, both in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth.

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PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising projects that are in the broad areas of Forensic Psychology, Criminology, Children and Young People (CYP), Police Investigation and Rehabilitative culture in Prisons.

Other department members

Juan Du
Associate Lecturer

Juan is a researcher clinician, accredited integrative psychotherapist, and mindfulness teacher. She is currently at the final stage of completing her doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy with Metanoia Institute  and Middlesex University.

Dr James Stiller
Senior Lecturer

James has taught, developed and lead on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate psychology modules and courses (from Cognitive Psychology to Developmental Psychology to Applied Research in Psychology). James has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Gloucestershire, a MSc in Evolutionary Psychology from the University of Liverpool and a BSC (Hons) in Zoology from Royal Holloway University of London.

Victor Meirinhos
PhD Student

Victor’s research interests include safety behaviour and driving error, and he is currently finishing a PhD that explores the impact of organizational factors in occupational drivers as predictors of traffic accidents.

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