Dr. Emma Holdsworth
Dr Emma Holdsworth is a lecturer in forensic psychology and a Chartered Psychologist. Emma is the module leader for M82PY; Psychology in the Criminal Justice System, M75PY; Psychology in Forensic Decision Making, and M144PY; Treatment of Offenders and Victims. Emma also provides guest lectures on forensic psychology including the theories of intimate partner violence, offender motivation, and strengths-based interventions for offenders.
Emma’s areas of research interest are offender rehabilitation and violence prevention. Research projects Emma has worked on include the evaluation and redevelopment of non-accredited offending behaviour programmes for Wiltshire Probation Trust, and a European project involving the development of a serious game to raise adolescents’ awareness about dating violence.
Her PhD was the development of a theory of offender and facilitator engagement in group offending behaviour programmes.
- Bowen, E., Holdsworth, E., Leen, E., Sorbring, E., Helsing, B., Jaans, S., and Awouters, V. (2013) ‘Northern European Adolescent Attitudes towards Dating Violence’. Violence and Victims 28 (4), 619-634.
- Bowen, E., Walker, K., Mawer, M., Holdsworth, E., Sorbring, E., Helsing, B., Bolin, A., Leen, E., Held, P., Awouters, V., and Jans, S. (2014) ‘”It’s like you’re playing as yourself’’: Preliminary evaluation of Green Acres High, a serious game-based primary intervention to combat adolescent dating-violence’. Psychosocial Intervention 23 (1), 43-55.
- Bowen, E., Walker, K., Mawer, M., Holdsworth, E., Sorbring, E., Helsing, B., Bolin, A., Leen, E., Held, P., Awouters, V., and Jans, S. (2014) ‘“Es como si realmente actuaras como tú mismo”: Desarrollo y evaluación preliminar de “Green Acres High”, una intervención que utiliza un juego serio para combatir la violencia en las relaciones sentimentales’. Psychosocial Intervention 23 (1), 43-55.
- Holdsworth, E., Bowen, E., Brown, S., and Howat, D. (2014a) 'Offender Engagement in Group Programs and Associations with Offender Characteristics and Treatment Factors: A Review'. Aggression and Violent Behavior 19 (2), 102-121.
- Holdsworth, E., Bowen, E., Brown, S., and Howat, D. (2014b) 'Client Engagement in Psychotherapeutic Treatment and Associations with Client Characteristics, Therapist Characteristics, and Treatment Factors'. Clinical Psychology Review 34 (5), 428-450.
- Leen, E., Sorbring, E., Mawer, M., Holdsworth, E., Helsing, B., and Bowen, E. (2012) ‘Prevalence, Dynamic Risk Factors and the Efficacy of Primary Interventions for Adolescent Dating Violence: An International Review’. Aggression and Violent Behavior 18 (1), 159-174.
- A collaboration with Wiltshire Probation Trust: Evaluation and redevelopment of offending behaviour programmes.
- Changing Attitudes towards Violence in Adolescents (CAVA): development of a serious game to raise adolescents’ awareness of dating violence in secondary schools.