Emma Barrett

Professor of Psychology, Security and Trust, University of Manchester

Emma Barrett is Professor of Psychology, Security and Trust at the University of Manchester. Her research interests include betrayal, deception, and credibility assessment; cyber-dependent and cyber-enabled crimes and criminals; investigative sense-making and decision-making; and terrorism and violent extremist behaviour. Before joining the University of Manchester in 2018, she was a CREST Research to Practice Fellow based at Lancaster University, leading efforts to ensure that CREST’s research activities focused on end user requirements and fostering strong links with stakeholders.

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Recent Publications

Barrett, E. & Martin, P. (2014) Extreme: why some people thrive at the limits. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Barrett, E. & Hamilton‐Giachritsis, C. (2013) The victim as a means to an end: detective decision making in a simulated investigation of attempted rape. In Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling. 10, 2, p. 200-218.
Barrett, E. 2009. The interpretation and exploitation of information in criminal investigations. Doctoral Thesis.
Ormerod, T. C., Barrett, E. & Taylor, P. J. (2008) Investigative sense-making in criminal contexts. In Naturalistic decision making and macrocognition. Shraagen, J. M., Militello, L., Ormerod, T. C. & Lipshitz, R. (eds.). London: Ashgate.
Alison, L., Barrett, E. & Crego, J. (2007) Criminal investigative decision making: context and process. In Expertise out of context: proceedings of the sixth International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making. Hoffman, R. R. (ed.). New York: Lawrence Erlbaum, p. 79-95.
Barrett, E. (2005) Psychological research and police investigations: does the research meet the needs? In The forensic psychologist’s casebook: psychological profiling and criminal investigation. Alison, L. J. (ed.). Cullompton: Willan Publishing, p. 47-67.
Alison, L. & Barrett, E. (2004) The interpretation and utilization of offender profiles: a critical review of “traditional” approaches to profiling. In Forensic psychology: concepts, debates and practice. Adler, J. R. (ed.). Cullompton: Willan Publishing, p. 58-77.


More from Emma…

Performance and coping under stress in security settings

A new CREST report, published today, summarises presentations from a workshop highlighting the latest cross-disciplinary academic research on performance and coping under extreme stress....Read More »

Performance and coping under stress in security settings (Workshop Report)

This CREST report written by Emma Barrett and Nathan Smith, summarises presentations from a workshop on performance and coping under extreme stress. This report...Read More »

Decision making under stress

Dr Emma Barrett and Dr Nathan Smith consider the factors that affect the decision making capability of groups in extreme or remote environments In...Read More »

The role of trust in deciding which terrorist faction to join

Research based on interviews with Irish Republican activists has shown that trust plays a greater role than ideology in how members pick sides when...Read More »

The Cognitive Interview: How Research has improved Practice

How has research improved the practice of interviewing? Matthew Francis and Emma Barrett look at how new techniques are helping police in the UK...Read More »

Terrorists’ use of messaging applications

Matthew Francis and Emma Barrett look at how emerging technologies have changed terrorist behaviour in the past and suggest that we should think about...Read More »

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