Jeffrey DeMarco is a forensic psychological, criminological and legal researcher. Originating from Canada, he studied a Bachelors of Psychology with Chemistry at McGill University and has spent much of the last seven years travelling nationally and internationally on a range of investigations and research studies.
His research mainly focuses on collaborative practices within law enforcement both in England and Wales, but also more broadly and outside of the 'norm' of contemporary policing. This includes applying principles of good police practice in military settings during times of conflict and armed intervention, such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Critical issues surrounding good relationships (and bad) when coercive authoritative figures come into contact with vulnerable foreign citizens has been a focus of some of his recent work, with an emphasis on ensuring co-operative and proactive interactions between the two sides.
Jeffrey has worked on a number of government related research projects, concerning trust in authority figures including collaboration with the Ministry of Justice on parenting programmes for maximum security offenders and a violence prevention initiative in hospital A&E's for London adolescents. He is currently working on a European Commission funded international investigation into preventing Computer Mediated Crimes Against Children (CMCAC) and is a Research Fellow with the Centre of Abuse and Trauma Studies.
BSc Psychology (McGill University) 2006 MSc Forensic Psychology (London Metropolitan) 2009 PhD Psychology and Criminology (Royal Holloway, University of London) 2014 (pending).
Ilan-Clarke, Yael and Bunn, Amanda and DeMarco, Jeffrey and Bifulco, Antonia and Criddle, John and Holdsworth, Gillian (2013) Setting up a youth violence prevention project in a London hospital emergency department. Journal of Public Mental Health, 12 (2). pp. 80-92. ISSN 1746-5729
Funded Research & Knowledge Exchange Projects
03/2014 - 03/2016 European Commission – ISEC Developing Research Informed Industry and Policing Best Practice in the Prevention of Online Child Sexual Abuse. Project Manager and Research Fellow.
12/2012 - 03/2013 Ministry of Justice – Mapping the Landscape, exploring the quality of Community provision for offenders and their families, with Prof Julia Davidson, Prof Antonia Bifulco, Toynbee Hall & POLICIS.
Engagement & Impact
Jeffrey has spent a great deal of time in recent years focusing on some key issues surrounding the evolution of terrorism in a post 9/11 world. Following the heinous murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby in south London; the attack on Nairobi's Westgate Shopping Complex. Also he has served as a voice on national and international television discussing self-radicalisation, issues with incongruent ideologies and problems with foreign policy, from a psychological perspective.