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.


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