Sarah Edwards started an MPhil/PhD with the Department of Psychology, School of Health and Education at Middlesex University in 2013. Prior to this she has completed a Masters in Forensic Psychology at Middlesex University in July 2013 and a BSc in Psychology at the University of Plymouth. She has worked within the Criminal Justice System with adult and young offenders across several secure forensic and educational facilities, including the HM Prison Service, Secure Children's Homes and Pupil Referral Units.
The topic of her research is situated within the area of Forensic Psychology and focuses on the use of empathy within the Criminal Justice System and the potential for interventions using this approach to reduce re-offending and support offenders from desisting from offending behaviour. Elements of this research will also integrate consideration of the efficacy of current scales designed to measure empathy as well as the wider, and potentially negative, effects of empathy and perspective taking on offenders (e.g. increased shame or guilt) and how this affects implicit belief systems and consequently recidivism.
Adler, Joanna R. and Edwards, Sarah and Scally, Mia and Gill, Dorothy and Puniskis, Michael John and Gekoski, Anna and Horvath, Miranda A. H. (2016) What works in managing young people who offend? A summary of the international evidence. Technical Report. Ministry of Justice.
Gekoski, Anna and Gray, Jacqueline M. and Horvath, Miranda A. H. and Edwards, Sarah and Emirali, Aliye and Adler, Joanna R. (2015) 'What works' in reducing sexual harassment and sexual offences on public transport nationally and internationally: a rapid evidence assessment. Project Report. Middlesex University; British Transport Police; Department for Transport, London.