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    Dr Anna Bussu

     BSc (Hons), Ma, MEd  MSc  Ph.D. MBPsS CPsychol, FHEA

     Lecturer in the Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour



    Anna is a lecturer in Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour. Anna completed her Ph.D in Forensic Psychology from the University of Sassari (Italy) in 2009. Her dissertation investigated the training requirements of the Italian Police Forces. During her postdoc (2009-2012) and assistant professorship (2012-2015) at the University of Sassari, she collaborates on several international research projects.

    Anna was awarded a Prometeo Scholarship. From 2015 to 2016, she spent over six months in Ecuador, where she worked at the Faculty of Psychology (University of Guayaquil) to implement her project on life skills and restorative practices.

    From 2014 to 2016 she was visiting scholar in USA (University of San Diego, Skidmore College etc) and in several European Universities (Universitad  de Girona, Université de Corse Pascal Paoli etc). From 2010 to 2015 she worked as a research coordinator and life coach at the Center for Counselling and Coaching at the University of Sassari.

    From Jan 2011 to Dec 2013 she was a Honorary Judge (Expert in Forensic Criminology) at the Surveillance Court of Sassari. From 2004 to date she is a Trainer and Life Coach.

    As a Teaching and Learning Fellow, her aim is to implement and develop projects and initiatives within the Faculty that support the vision to maintain teaching excellence (TEF Gold) and to promote student retention.

    From 2017 she is peer mentoring trainer at the FOHSCM.


     Research Interests

    Anna is chartered psychologist (BPS), with research interest in:


    Deviance and Crime, Criminal justice and Governance: restorative justice, restorative practices, offending behaviour, police practices.

    Wellbeing and Quality of Life: social and pathological gambling, student wellbeing, student drop out.

    Training and Vocation: career guidance and vocational training, active learning and life skills, peer mentoring and coaching, professional training requirements.


    From December 2017 she has been Associate Managing Editor of “Police Practice & Research – An International Journal”

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    Research Output 2013 2019

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    Effect of Polyphenol-Rich Dark Chocolate on Salivary Cortisol and Mood in Adults

    TSANG, CATHERINE., Hodgson, L., BUSSU, ANNA., Farhat, G. & Al Dujiali, E., 29 May 2019, In : Antioxidants. 8, 6, p. 1-10

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access

    Indicators to prevent the university drop-out and to promote regular careers

    Bussu, A., Detotto, C. & Serra, L., Aug 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    university drop-out
    environmental factors

    Interviewing criminally exploited young people

    BUSSU, ANNA. & ASHTON, SALLY-ANN., 2 Aug 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    Understanding the influence of guilt, loss and self-awareness on gambling behaviour

    Bussu, A., Detotto, C. & Leadbetter, P., 2 Feb 2019, In : Economics Bulletin. 39, 1, p. 223-236

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access

    Understanding the offending narratives in a sample of co-offending youth

    ASHTON, SALLY-ANN. & BUSSU, ANNA., 20 Jun 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    youth worker