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    Dr Sally-Ann Ashton

    BA, BA (Hons), MA, PhD, MPhil, MSc, PhD, CPsychol

    Lecturer in the Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour



    Research interests:

    Youth offending; urban gangs; child criminal exploitation; violent offending; county lines; hybrid gangs; female gangs; desistance; personality disorders; mental health and the CJS; veterans and offending; forensic psychology; investigative psychology; criminal narrative roles; offender interventions; policing; prisons; quantitative research design; mixed methods research design; applied research.


    Sally-Ann began working in prisons in 2003 as part of a museum outreach programme as part of her role as Senior Assistant Keeper at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. She was subsequently awarded an AHRC Knowledge Transfer Fellowship to work with prisoners and prison education departments (2007-09). During this period she obtained an MPhil in Criminological Research at the University of Cambridge researching the impact of cultural heritage programmes on the self-concept of Black male prisoners. In 2014 she was awarded an ESRC Impact Acceleration Grant from the University of Cambridge to develop Black cultural awareness training for prisoners and staff. 

    In 2015 Sally-Ann obtained an MSc in Investigative Psychology from the University of Huddersfield. From 2015-18 Sally-Ann was a Graduate Teaching Assistant and doctoral researcher, obtaining her PhD in 2019: 'The relationship of psychological and social risk factors to offending and desistance in a sample of male gang and group offenders'. 

    In 2017 Sally-Ann received a National Gang Crime Research Center Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Accomplishments in Gang Research; and in 2019 she was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellowship to research gang interventions in the USA. 

    Sally-Ann is a Chartered Psychologist and continues to research risk factors associated with adolescent offending and gangs. She is currently involved in a research project for Merseyside Police Violence Reduction Unit and is undertaking an evaluation of the impact of violence reduction interventions in Greater Manchester with Salford Foundation and Greater Manchester Combined Authorities. She is principal investigator for a study on the narrative roles of co-offending. 



    Education/Academic qualification

    Psychology, PhD, University of Huddersfield

    5 Oct 201514 Sep 2018

    Investigative Psychology, MSc, University of Huddersfield

    29 Sep 201431 Jul 2015

    Criminological Research, MPhil, University of Cambridge

    1 Oct 20071 Sep 2008

    Egyptology, PhD, King's College London

    Oct 1995May 1999

    Classics, MA, King's College London

    Oct 1994Aug 1995

    Classical Archaeology , BA, King's College London

    Oct 1991Jun 1994

    Ancient Greek, BA, University of Manchester


    • H Social Sciences
    • youth offending
    • criminal gangs
    • prisons
    • youth interventions
    • criminology
    • B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
    • investigative psychology
    • forensic psychology

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    Research Output 2009 2019

    • 2 Citations
    • 1 h-Index
    • 13 Paper
    • 2 Poster
    • 2 Article
    research method

    Interviewing criminally exploited young people

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

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


    Risk factors and offending behaviours of adolescent female gang members. New research findings

    ASHTON, SALLY-ANN. & Ioannou, M., 7 Aug 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    female adolescent
    health professionals
    mental health

    Understanding psychological risk factors and building ‘Therapeutic Helping’ relationships with gang involved youth

    ASHTON, SALLY-ANN. & Campbell, W., 2019, (Accepted/In press).

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    Projects 2007 2020

    Merseyside Police Violence Reduction Unit

    ASHTON, S.


    Project: Research

    Steer Project

    ASHTON, S.


    Project: Research

    Prison Equalities

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    Project: Consultancy