Rebecca Gomm is a Chartered Psychologist and lecturer on the MSc Forensic Psychology programme, within the school of Science and Technology. Rebecca has held visiting positions, lecturing and delivering teaching in Forensic Psychology, at the London Metropolitan University and also at City, University of London, within Criminology and Criminal Justice. Rebecca was awarded a PhD in 2016 from Durham University, which explored the perspectives of women with past experiences of violence and abuse who had offended. The focus upon the perspectives of women enabled an understanding of how women adapt within contexts of violence and abuse and the complexity of the process. The work also explored how women ‘made sense’ of approaches and interventions which had supported them and the building of resilience.
Rebecca has delivered workshops and training to various professionals. This has included workshop delivery with a network of prison-based counsellors and also training delivered with community based practitioners, working with women who had offended. Prior to this, Rebecca has undertaken research and evaluation related to offending and also drug and alcohol use, which has been used to inform the commissioning of services and interventions. Rebecca is a committee member of the Community Psychology section and a Commissioning Editor for the Psychology of Women Section Review, for the British Psychological Society
Dr Gomm is co-convenor of one module at Postgraduate level: Psychology of Investigation and Criminal Justice for the academic year 2017-18. Rebecca also contributes to two other postgraduate modules, both of which are also core to the MSc in Forensic Psychology: Victims, Offenders and Communities and Assessment, Intervention and Professional Practice.
Dr Gomm’s broad research interests include the development of policy and practice, in relation to vulnerability and mental health support needs within the Criminal Justice System. This relates particularly to the gendered nature of offending, within the context of violence and abuse. One of the areas which Rebecca is currently interested in exploring relates to how criminal justice practice can be modelled to account for trauma, from the point of initial engagement with the police, throughout the criminal justice process. Rebecca is interested in the development of practice and policy which is positioned at the interface between criminal justice and behavioural health, within contexts of trauma. Further academic interests span human rights issues in relation to the specific needs of vulnerable groups and applying scrutiny to ethical frameworks within the current criminal justice landscape.
I have a commitment towards attracting research and knowledge transfer funding. I have advised and been consulted by Clinks (an agency which advises the voluntary sector on offence related policy and practice) concerning funding. The work related to the development of a toolkit for evidencing outcomes for working with offenders, in relation to commissioning (knowledge transfer). Additionally, I have put forward ideas for exploring research opportunities in relation to supporting trauma informed work with women offenders and also, developing key priority areas for developing service delivery.