Dr

Laura Caulfield

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Personal Statement

I'm Assistant Dean (Research and Postgraduate Affairs) and Associate Professor of Criminological Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts at Bath Spa University.

I've held posts at Birmingham City University, Loughborough University, University of Leicester, and Portsmouth University.

I'm currently Principal Investigator on a project funded by the Ministry of Justice at HMP Downview. I specialise in researching the role of the arts and creative activities with challenging and vulnerable groups. Much of my work involves the evaluation of arts programmes in the criminal justice system, and I have received funding from the Home Office, Economic and Social Research Council, the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, the NHS, and several third-sector organisations.

My research was instrumental in challenging government policy on restrictions to arts activities in prisons: I served as an advisor to the Arts Alliance Evidence Advisory Group from 2011-2013, consulting on collating, enhancing, reviewing, and disseminating the evidence base for the arts. In 2011 my research was highlighted in Research Councils UK Big Ideas for the Future report, and my methodological approach to evidencing the impact of the arts was cited as an example of good practice by the Charities Evaluation Service. In that year I was also presented with a commendation award from the Howard League for Penal Reform for my research on the arts in prisons and this work formed the basis of a successful a REF 2014 impact case study. In 2016 I was invited to speak at the House of Lords to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

Current PhD students:

  • Ella Simpson - The arts and redemption narratives of women in prison
  • Amina El-Warari - The employment needs of refugee men
  • Richard Lewis - The ethics of undercover policing

I publish widely in academic and professional arenas, and serve on the editorial boards of a number of academic journals.

Academic Qualifications

  • BSc Aston University
  • PG Cert (HE) Birmingham City University
  • PhD Loughborough University

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the British Psychological Societys Division of Forensic Psychology

Research and academic outputs

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Criminological research for beginners: a student's guide
book

Caulfield, L.S and Hill, J (2014) Criminological research for beginners: a student's guide. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415509602


Forensic psychology
book

Caulfield, L.S and Wilkinson, D (2014) Forensic psychology. Psychology Express . Pearson, Harlow. ISBN 9781447921677


The role of the arts as an intervention with offenders in prison
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Caulfield, L.S and Wilson, D (2012) 'The role of the arts as an intervention with offenders in prison.' In: Jones, P, ed. Interventions in criminal justice: a handbook for counsellors and therapists working in the criminal justice system. Pavillion Publishing, Brighton.


The perceived benefits of an arts project for health and wellbeing of older offenders
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Wilkinson, D.J and Caulfield, L.S (2017) 'The perceived benefits of an arts project for health and wellbeing of older offenders.' Europe's Journal of Psychology, 13 (1). pp. 16-27. ISSN 1841-0413


Delusional ideation, cognitive processes and crime based reasoning
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Wilkinson, D.J and Caulfield, L.S (2017) 'Delusional ideation, cognitive processes and crime based reasoning.' Europe's Journal of Psychology. ISSN 1841-0413 (Forthcoming)


Counterintuitive findings from a qualitative study of mental health in English women’s prisons
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Caulfield, L.S (2016) 'Counterintuitive findings from a qualitative study of mental health in English women’s prisons.' International Journal of Prisoner Health, 12 (4). pp. 216-229. ISSN 1744-9200


Exploring alternative terrain in the rehabilitation and treatment of offenders: findings from a prison-based music project
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Caulfield, L.S, Wilkinson, D.J and Wilson, D (2016) 'Exploring alternative terrain in the rehabilitation and treatment of offenders: findings from a prison-based music project.' Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 55 (6). pp. 396-418. ISSN 1540-8558


Investigating schizotypy and crime-based reasoning with qualitative methods
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Wilkinson, D, Caulfield, L.S and Jones, T (2014) 'Investigating schizotypy and crime-based reasoning with qualitative methods.' The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 53 (2). ISSN 1468-2311


Female alcohol consumption, motivations for aggression and aggressive incidents in licensed premises
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Caulfield, L.S, Newberry, M and Williams, N (2013) 'Female alcohol consumption, motivations for aggression and aggressive incidents in licensed premises.' Addictive Behaviours, 38 (3). pp. 1844-1851. ISSN 0306-4603


Good Vibrations: Positive change through social music-making
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Caulfield, L.S, Henley, J, Wilson, D and Wilkinson, D (2012) 'Good Vibrations: Positive change through social music-making.' Music Education Research, 14 (4). pp. 499-520. ISSN 1461-3808


The experiences of women working in a therapeutic community prison
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Caulfield, L.S, Kumari, N and Newberry, M (2012) 'The experiences of women working in a therapeutic community prison.' Prison Service Journal, 201. pp. 7-11.


Implementing change: staff experiences of changes to prison mental healthcare in England and Wales.
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Caulfield, L.S and Twort, H (2012) 'Implementing change: staff experiences of changes to prison mental healthcare in England and Wales.' International Journal of Prisoner Health, 8 (1). pp. 7-15. ISSN 1744-9200


Time to reason about crime: assessing the impact of schizotypal tendencies on a crime-based reasoning task
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Caulfield, L.S, Wilkinson, D and Jones, T (2011) 'Time to reason about crime: assessing the impact of schizotypal tendencies on a crime-based reasoning task.' The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 50 (4). pp. 393-405. ISSN 0265-5527


Offenders, deviants or patients? 4th ed by H. Prins
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Caulfield, L.S (2011) 'Offenders, deviants or patients? 4th ed by H. Prins.' Medicine, Science and the Law, 51 (2). p. 121. ISSN 2042-1818


The prevalence and treatment of people with Asperger’s Syndrome in the criminal justice system
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Caulfield, L.S and Browning, A (2011) 'The prevalence and treatment of people with Asperger’s Syndrome in the criminal justice system.' Criminology & Criminal Justice, 11 (2). pp. 165-180. ISSN 1748-8958


The relationship between nonclinical schizotypy and handedness on divergent and convergent creative problem-solving tasks
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Caulfield, L.S, Jones, T, Wilkinson, D and Weller, L (2011) 'The relationship between nonclinical schizotypy and handedness on divergent and convergent creative problem-solving tasks.' Creativity Research Journal, 23 (3). pp. 222-228. ISSN 1040-0419


Rethinking the assessment of female offenders
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Caulfield, L.S (2010) 'Rethinking the assessment of female offenders.' The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 49 (4). pp. 315-327. ISSN 0265-5527


The role of the arts: the potential for enhancing offender outcomes.
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Caulfield, L.S (2010) 'The role of the arts: the potential for enhancing offender outcomes.' The Howard League for Penal Reform ECAN Bulletin, 5. pp. 5-8.


An analysis of offending in young people looked after by local authorities
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Caulfield, L.S, Darker, I and Ward, H (2008) 'An analysis of offending in young people looked after by local authorities.' Youth Justice, 8 (2). pp. 134-148. ISSN 1473-2254


Interventions with arsonists and young fire setters: a survey of the national picture in England and Wales
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Hollin, C.R, Caulfield, L.S and Palmer, E. J (2007) 'Interventions with arsonists and young fire setters: a survey of the national picture in England and Wales.' Legal and Criminological Psychology, 12 (1). pp. 101-116. ISSN 2044-8333


Surveying fear: crime, buses, and new paint
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Hollin, C.R, Caulfield, L.S and Palmer, E. J (2005) 'Surveying fear: crime, buses, and new paint.' Crime Prevention and Community Safety (7). pp. 47-58. ISSN 1743-4629


Coproducing knowledge: social impact and practical challenges
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Caulfield, L.S (2016) Coproducing knowledge: social impact and practical challenges. In: Impact Summit: Challenges, Issues and Priorities, 20 May 2016, Coventry University, Coventry, UK.


Women, the criminal justice system and the arts
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Caulfield, L.S (2015) Women, the criminal justice system and the arts. In: Women, The Criminal Justice System & The Arts, 4 March 2015, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.


The role of the arts in engaging offenders
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Caulfield, L.S (2014) The role of the arts in engaging offenders. In: Centre for Recovery and Social Inclusion: 7th Annual Conference with UCC, 11th June 2014, Cork, Ireland.


The role of music programmes in English women's prisons': engaging the vulnerable and the 'hard to treat'
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Caulfield, L.S (2014) The role of music programmes in English women's prisons': engaging the vulnerable and the 'hard to treat'. In: XIV Annual Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services: Trauma, Violence and Recovery: Risk and Resilience Across the Lifespan, 19-22 June 2014, Toronto, Canada.


An evaluation of Talent 4... Europe LLP-TOI programme: a group programme to identify talent and skills
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Caulfield, L.S and McGuire-Snieckus, R (2014) An evaluation of Talent 4... Europe LLP-TOI programme: a group programme to identify talent and skills. Rideout.


Re-Imagining futures: exploring arts interventions and the process of desistance.
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Caulfield, L.S, Bilby, C and Ridley, L (2013) Re-Imagining futures: exploring arts interventions and the process of desistance.


An evaluation of Talent 4
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Caulfield, L.S and Wilkinson, D (2012) An evaluation of Talent 4.


An evaluation of the artists in residence at HMP Grendon: final grant report to the Motesiczky Charitable Trust
commissioned_report

Caulfield, L.S (2011) An evaluation of the artists in residence at HMP Grendon: final grant report to the Motesiczky Charitable Trust.


Continuing positive change: an analysis of the long-term and wider impact of the Good Vibrations project
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Caulfield, L.S, Wilson, D and Wilkinson, D (2009) Continuing positive change: an analysis of the long-term and wider impact of the Good Vibrations project.


Promoting positive change: assessing the long-term psychological, emotional and behavioural effects of the Good Vibrations gamelan in prisons project
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Caulfield, L.S, Wilson, D and Atherton, S (2008) Promoting positive change: assessing the long-term psychological, emotional and behavioural effects of the Good Vibrations gamelan in prisons project.


Evaluation of interventions with arsonists and young firesetters
commissioned_report

Hollin, C.R, Caulfield, L.S and Palmer, E. J (2005) Evaluation of interventions with arsonists and young firesetters.


CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) health needs analysis: Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland
commissioned_report

Hollin, C.R and Caulfield, L.S (2004) CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) health needs analysis: Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland.


Provision of effective regimes
commissioned_report

Hollin, C.R, Caulfield, L.S and Palmer, E. J (2004) Provision of effective regimes.


Researching the impact of a prison music project: inaugural research medal, collected papers
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Caulfield, L.S (2012) Researching the impact of a prison music project: inaugural research medal, collected papers.


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