Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
Dr. Shihning Chou is a Registered Forensic Psychologist. She obtained her BSc (Hons) in Psychology and MSc in Forensic Psychology Practice from the University of Birmingham. She completed her PhD, looking at international adoption, its link with deinstitutionalisation and the effects on adopted children, at the University of Liverpool.
At the University of Birmingham, she was employed as a research associate, working on various research projects between 2001 and 2005. She then worked as a school instructor, organising the module and delivering the teaching on systematic review methodology and advising on forensic psychology doctorate review projects from 2005 to 2007. Between 2007 and 2009, she worked as a research associate at the University of Liverpool before joining the Institute of Work, Health & Organisations in April 2009.
After joining the Institute, Dr Chou's main responsibility initially was to work with Professor Kevin Browne, Director of Forensic Psychology Programmes, to set up the Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology and MSc in Criminological Psychology. From February 2010, she transferred to work as the project manager for an EU Daphne funded project on child abandonment in Europe. She became a full time Lecturer in Forensic Psychology in October 2010.
Dr Shihning Chou is the Director of the MSc in Criminological Psychology and Year 1 D.Foren.Psy.. For the MSc/Year 1, she convenes the modules on 'criminological psychology: theories of criminal… read more
Dr Chou's interest is the development of offending behaviour and psychological vulnerability in general and the consequences of childhood victimisation, abuse or neglect. She is currently… read more
ROBLES, L., CHOU, S., COLE, O., HAMID, A., GRIFFITHS, A. and VEDHARA, K., 2012. Factors influencing patients’ treatment selection for localised prostate cancer: a systematic review British Journal of Medical and Surgical Urology. 5(5), 207-215
BROWNE, K.D. and CHOU, S., 2010. Children who physically or sexually harm others. In: G.J. TOWL and D.A. CRIGHTON, eds., Forensic Psychology Wiley-Blackwell. 360-368
CHOU, S. and BROWNE, K.D., 2010. Child and adolescent offending. In: J. BROWN and L. CAMPBELL, eds., Cambridge Handbook of Forensic Psychology CUP. 23-33
Dr Shihning Chou is the Director of the MSc in Criminological Psychology and Year 1 D.Foren.Psy.. For the MSc/Year 1, she convenes the modules on 'criminological psychology: theories of criminal behaviour' and 'legal psychology: policing and criminal justice'. She is also the module convener on 'systematic reviews and critical appraisal' for D.Foren.Psy. She is currently supervising 15 systematic review projects for the D.Foren.Psy., 3 research projects for the MSc in criminological psychology and Year 1 D.Foren.Psy., the primary research of 3 doctorate trainees and co-supervising 1 PhD student.
Dr Chou's interest is the development of offending behaviour and psychological vulnerability in general and the consequences of childhood victimisation, abuse or neglect. She is currently investigating individual behaviours and psychological reactions under or after political violence and the consequences on individuals as well as the society as a whole from a developmental perspective, in particular, attachment theory. She also carries out systematic reviews and is interested in further developing/adapting the methodology for psychological research.
Past projects as a research associate/fellow
2009 Working full time as the project manager for an EU Daphne funded project on 'child abandonment and its prevention in Europe'
2004 - 2005 Working full time as the project manager for an EU Daphne funded project on 'identifying good practices for the deinstitutionalisation of children under 5 in Europe'
2004 Carrying out a rapid systematic review on the effects of media violence on children's behaviours based on a joint grant from Youth Justice Board as the full time primary reviewer
2001 -2002 Evaluating the effectiveness of parenting orders on tackling child/youth offending as a part time research associate