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Shihning Chou

Associate Professor of Forensic Psychology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Dr. Shihning Chou, Registered Practitioner Psychologist (Forensic), is Associate Professor of Forensic Psychology based in the Injury Epidemiology and Prevention Research Group in the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Nottingham. She was the Academic Consultant for the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Corporate Safeguarding Team Senior Leadership Programme.

She obtained her BSc (Hons) in Psychology and MSc in Forensic Psychology Practice from the University of Birmingham. She completed her PhD at the University of Liverpool.

After getting her MSc, Dr Chou worked as a research associate at the University of Birmingham and the University of Liverpool. She also worked as a school instructor at the University of Birmingham, organising the module and delivering the teaching on systematic review methods and advising on forensic psychology doctorate review projects.

She was the Focal Point for the former World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Child Care and Protection at the University of Birmingham for 2 years.

After joining the University of Nottingham, Dr Chou jointly set up the Professional Doctorate in Forensic Psychology and MSc Forensic & Criminological Psychology.

Over the years, Dr Chou has carried out research on international adoption and its association with deinstitutionalisation of children; child abandonment and its prevention, parenting, and the impact of childhood victimisation.

Expertise Summary

Family violence, child-to-parent violence, elder abuse and neglect, trauma, parenting, workplace abuse and violence

Teaching Summary

I have been Director of Doctorate in Forensic Psychology between September 2018 and January 2022; Director for MSc in Forensic & Criminological Psychology between October 2010 and September 2018.

Module organisation, teaching and assessment for 2022-23:

  • Forensic Organisational Psychology
  • Systematic Reviews and Critical Appraisal

I also teach on other DForenPsy modules.

Research Summary

Main interests: Understanding the development of violence, victimisation and vulnerability;

Preventing violence and violence- / victimisation-related injuries and trauma;

Promoting survivors' wellbeing.

Specific areas:

  • Childhood maltreatment, elder mistreatment and child to parent abuse;
  • Resilience and wellbeing among abuse survivors;
  • Violence and abuse by clients in healthcare settings and its prevention;
  • Staff burnout and wellbeing in health, care and forensic settings;
  • The impact of staff victimisation and burnout on the quality of care and client outcomes;
  • Bullying, harassment and discrimination in the workplace;
  • Mental health in minority population and equity in access to health and social care

Selected Publications

Past Research

2015 - 2017 Post-conflict psychological recovery and family well-being (Principal Investigator)

2015 - 2017 Projects under the Police Knowledge Fund (Joint lead with Prof. Browne)

  • Developing Missing Children Risk Algorithm
  • Specialist training and seminars on Child Protection and Missing Children

2014 - 2015 The extent and characteristics of institutional care for young children in Europe: A follow up study (Joint Principal Investigator with Prof Kevin Browne)

2009 - 2012 Co-authoring and 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 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

2014 - 2015 The extent and characteristics of institutional care for young children in Europe: A follow up study (Joint Principal Investigator with Prof Kevin Browne)

2009 - 2012 Co-authoring and 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 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

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University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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