Dr Miranda Horvath joined Middlesex University in 2010. She was previously a Lecuturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Surrey and prior to that a Research Fellow in the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at London Metropolitan University.
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Course Leader MSc in Forensic Psychology https://www.mdx.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/forensic-psychology
Director of Forensic Psychological Services https://www.mdx.ac.uk/about-us/what-we-do/faculty-of-science-and-technology/psychology/business-services-and-knowledge-transfer/forensic-psychological-services
Current PhD students
Mia Scally - Exploring intimate partner violence and abuse in the context of child custody hearings. (co-supervised with Joanna Adler)
Past PhD Students
Shola Apena-Rogers - Understanding the commission process for sex offending on London railways: An integrated theoretical framework (co-Supervised with Jackie Gray and Joanna Adler)
Astra Kassiram – East Indian women's experiences of somatisation disorder and domestic violence (co-supervised with Susan Hansen and Paul De Mornay Davies)
Mackenzie Lambine – Multiple Perpetrator Rape (co-supervised with Joanna Adler and Jackie Gray)
Conferences and Training
With Dr Jackie Gray and Dr Susan Hansen I co-organised Forensic Psychological Services two conferences on Sexual Violence. The first was held on the 8th September 2011 and the second on the 17th and 18th September 2015, both at Middlesex University. For more information see https://www.mdx.ac.uk/events/2015/09/sexual-violence-conference
In 2012 Dr Jackie Gray, Dr Susan Hansen and gave 3 workshops commissioned by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre as part of the Division of Forensic Psychology Continuing Professional Development Workshop Series. The first "'The Psychology of Sexual Violence' took place on May 15th in London; the second 'Preventing Sexual Violence' will take place in September 13th in London; the third "Understanding and Preventing Sexual Violence" which took place on the 3rd October in Glasgow. We delivered another workshop on 'Preventing Sexual Violence' on Tuesday 21st May 2013.
My research focuses on sexual violence from an applied social psychological perspective. My work is informed by a variety of social psychological constructs such as; script theory, sex roles, group processes and negotiative space alongside feminist theory. I also maintain a focus on the broader cultural context in which sexual violence occurs.
Horvath, M.A.H. & Massey, K. (2018). The Impact of Witnessing Other People's Trauma: The Resilience and Coping Strategies of Members of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 55, 99-104.
Romero-Sánchez, M. Toro-Garcia, V., Horvath, M.A.H. & Megias, J.L. (2017). More than a magazine: exploring the links between lads’ mags, rape myth acceptance and rape proclivity. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32(4), 515-534.
Gekoski, A., Gray, J., Adler, J. & Horvath, M.A.H. (2017). The prevalence and nature of sexual harassment and assault against women and girls on public transport: An international review. Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, 3(1), 3-16. ISSN: 2056-3841. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/JCRPP-08-2016-0016
Books and Chapters:
Coy, M. & Horvath, M.A.H. (2018). Young people, pornography and gendered sexual practices. In J. Gilbert & S. Lamb (Eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of Sexual Development: Childhood and Adolescence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Gray, J.M. & Horvath, M.A.H. (2018). Rape Myths in the Criminal Justice System. In K.Brennan (Ed), Women and Criminal Justice - Victims and Offenders in a Failing System. Palgrave Macmillan.
Martellozzo, E.; Monaghan, A.; Adler, J. R.; Davidson, J; Leyva, R. & Horvath, M. A. H. (2016) "I wasn’t sure it was normal to watch it…”A quantitative and qualitative examination of the impact of online pornography on the values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of children and young people. Project Report. Middlesex University, NSPCC, OCC.
Nash, V.; Adler, J. R.; Horvath, M. A. H.; Livingstone, S.; Marston, C.; Owen, G.; and Wright, J. (2016) Identifying the routes by which children view pornography online: implications for future policy-makers seeking to limit viewing report of expert panel for DCMS. Technical Report. Department of Culture, Media and Sport
Adler, J.R., Edwards, S., Scally, M., Gill, D., Puniskis, M.J., Gekoski, A. & Horvath, M.A.H. (2016). What works in managing young people who offend? A summary of the international evidence. Technical Report. London: Ministry of Justice.
Sanders-McDonagh, E., Apena Rogers, S., Horvath, M.A.H. & Selwood, S. (2015). Evaluation Report of the Tender Healthy Relationships Project National Partnership Programme. London: Middlesex University.
Gekoski, A., Gray, J.M., Horvath, M.A.H., Edwards, S., Emirali, A. & Adler, J.R. (2015). ‘What Works’ in Reducing Sexual Harassment and Sexual Offences on Public Transport Nationally and Internationally: A Rapid Evidence Assessment. London: Middlesex University, British Transport Police, Department for Transport.
Horvath, M.A.H., Davidson, J., Grove-Hills, J., Gekoski, A. & Choak, C. (2014). It’s a lonely journey: A rapid evidence assessment on intrafamilial child sexual abuse. London: Office of the Children’s Commissioner. Available from http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/content/publications/content_821
Other Forms of Public Output:
SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Horvath, M.A.H. (2017). ‘…I wasn’t sure it was normal to watch it…’: The impact of online pornography on the values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of 11-16 year olds. Screen Time Event, Edinburgh, March 28.
Horvath, M.A.H. (2017). Multiple Perpetrator Rape (Talk given and part of expert panel on perpetrators). The Child Sexual Exploitation and Policing Knowledge Hub Conference, London, March 16.
Horvath, M.A.H. & Gray, J.M. (2015). Multiple Perpetrator Rape. Workshop delivered at the UK Psychological Trauma Society 7th Annual Conference, ‘Psychological Trauma in the modern world’, London, April 20-21.
Horvath, M.A.H. & Massey, K. (2015). The impact of witnessing other people’s trauma: Resilience and coping strategies. Workshop delivered at the St. Mary’s Centre 13th Annual Conference Rape, ‘The brain and mental health: Impact, services and care for victims’, Manchester. February 26-27.
Horvath, M.A.H. (2015). The effectiveness and impact of the child protection and criminal justice system on victims of intrafamilial child sexual abuse: Findings from a Rapid Evidence Assessment. The Crisis in Child Protection Conference, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, February 12.
Horvath, M.A.H. (2014). Impacts of Adult Pornography on Young People. UK Council for Child Internet Safety Evidence Group Expert Seminar Series ‘Identifying Children's Risk-Taking Behaviour Online: Implications for Research Informed Safeguarding Policy and Practice’, London, September 30.
Massey, Kristina and Horvath, Miranda A. H. and Essafi, Shanaz and Majeed-Ariss, Rabiya (2019) Staﬀ experiences of working in a Sexual Assault Referral Centre: the impacts and emotional tolls of working with traumatised people. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology . ISSN 1478-9949 (Published online first)
Horvath, Miranda A. H. and Massey, Kristina (2018) The impact of witnessing other people’s trauma: the resilience and coping strategies of members of the faculty of forensic and legal medicine. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 55 . pp. 99-104. ISSN 1752-928X
Hegarty, Peter and Stewart, Andrew and Blockmans, Inge and Horvath, Miranda A. H. (2018) The influence of magazines on men: normalizing and challenging young men’s prejudice with “lads’ mags”. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 19 (1). pp. 131-144. ISSN 1524-9220
Gekoski, Anna and Gray, Jacqueline M. and Adler, Joanna R. and Horvath, Miranda A. H. (2017) The prevalence and nature of sexual harassment and assault against women and girls on public transport: an international review. Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, 3 (1). pp. 3-16. ISSN 2056-3841
Romero-Sánchez, Mónica and Toro-García, Virginia and Horvath, Miranda A. H. and Megías, Jesús L. (2017) More than a magazine: exploring the links between lads’ mags, rape myth acceptance and rape proclivity. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32 (4). pp. 515-534. ISSN 0886-2605
2015-2016 - A quantitative and qualitative examination of the impact of pornography on the values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviour of children and young people. Funded by National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner. Forensic Psychological Services with the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies, Middlesex University.
2014-2015 - Rapid Evidence Assessment on ‘what works’ for reducing sexual offences on public transport nationally and internationally. Funded by British Transport Police. Forensic Psychological Services.
2014-2015 – Evidence Review of What Works in Managing Young Offenders. Funded by the Ministry of Justice. Forensic Psychological Services.
My letter was published in the Guardian on Sunday 18th September titled ‘Sex education more needed than ever’
From 2009-2017 I was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sexual Aggression which is published in association with the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA) by Routledge. In 2011 I commissioned and edited three debate papers titled: "Two steps forward and two steps back: Rape investigation and prosecution in the wake of the Stern Review" which are available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tjsa20/17/3 The papers debate the state of rape investigation and prosecution in England and Wales in the aftermath of the Stern Review and provide numerous challenging and thought provoking insights. The papers featured have been were authored by Dr Jan Jordan (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand), Dr Kate Cook (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) and Professor Jennifer Brown (London School of Economics, UK).
I am on the editorial board of Women's Studies International Forum which is a bimonthly journal to aid the distribution and exchange of feminist research in the multidisciplinary, international area of women's studies and in feminist research in other disciplines. The policy of the journal is to establish a feminist forum for discussion and debate.
Department of Culture, Media and Sport
Expert panel member for Online Age Verification for Access to Pornography.
MsUnderstood Partnership Boys and Young Men Sub-Group. Invited panel member of the MsUnderstood Partnership boys and young men subgroup which draws together professionals with knowledge and expertise of boys and young men’s experiences of violence, abuse, and service engagement. The boys and young men subgroup will: Inform the development and methodology of the project; provide feedback on outputs, such as survey; support the MsUnderstood programme to influence and engage with current policy trends on peer-on-peer abuse and support the partnership to create opportunities for boys and young men to engage with work of the MSU.
Office of the Children’s Commissioner’s Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment. Invited Panel member on the inquiry into child sexual abuse conducted under the powers conferred on the Children’s Commissioner under the Children and Families Act 2014 which aims to assess the scale and nature of child sexual abuse in the family environment in England, examine current inter-agency practices for recognising and addressing this issue, and make evidence based recommendations to national and local government and relevant statutory agencies on the most effective means for tackling child sexual abuse.
Metropolitan Police External Rape Scrutiny Panel. Invited Panel Member an external challenge panel formed of independent academics with expertise in this area who scrutinise the decisions of a Metropolitan Police Panel which assesses those allegations agreed as ‘no crime’ by the Crime Management Unit.
Office of the Children’s Commissioner’s Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups (CSEGG). Invited panel member on the inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups (CSEGG) conducted under the Children's Commissioner's powers in the Children Act 2004 which aims to throw light on the scale, scope, nature and extent of the sexual exploitation, victimisation and abuse that girls and boys in England are subjected by street gangs and loosely formed groups.
SCD2 (Sapphire) Reference Group. Invited member of the Sapphire Reference Group which exists to help the Metropolitan Police Service rape and serious sexual offences investigation command to improve the service to victims of serious sexual violence. The goal is to increase public confidence that perpetrators of rapes and serious sexual offences will be brought to justice and that victims will be treated in the manner most appropriate to their needs.
Research on Young People and Sexual Consent, London Metropolitan University Invited member of the advisory group. This research project is designed to inform the Office of the Childrenís Commissionerís Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups (CSEGG). The research seeks to understand how young people understand consent to sexual activity and how this shapes their expectations, choices and experiences.
Safe Choices Programme, The Children's Society and nia Invited member of the advisory group. The programme is a collaboration between the Children Society and nia to support young women leaving care and youth offenders'institutes. This project, funded by the Big Lottery: Youth in focus, will work in six London boroughs per year over a period of five years [2012-2016]. nia has also been awarded funding to deliver Safe Choices work in two North/East London boroughs under the Big Lottery: Reaching Communities programme for three years [2012-2015].
Other Forms of Public Engagement