Kathy Charles

Kathy Charles

Dr Kathy Charles CPsychol SFHEA



Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Statutory role created by the Public Services Reform (Inspection and Monitoring of Prisons) (Scotland) Order
  • Independent Prison Monitor


Conference Activity

  • Charles, K. & Palkowski, M. (2016). Agency and the childhood origins of feedism. The 31st International Congress of Psychology 24-29 July PACIFICO Yokohama, Yokohama. Oral Presentation.
  • Charles, K. (2015).  Photographs and memory work in grieving: an auto-ethnography.  The 2nd British Auto-ethnography Conference 30-31 October University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen.  Oral Presentation.
  • Charles, K. & Baxter, J. (2014). The effect of negative feedback during forensic interviews: implications for therapeutic jurisprudence. Asian Congress of Applied Psychology 7-8 May Asia Pacific International Academy, Singapore. Oral Presentation.
  • Charles, K. & Shaw, M. (2014). Preparing for the polygraph: a case study of staff-student collaboration in creating a technical teaching resource. HEA STEM Conference 30 April – 1 May The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh. Poster Presentation.
  • Charles, K. (2010). “Not another Ted Bundy essay”: Re-designing the assessment of undergraduate forensic psychology to improve the staff and student experience. Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference 30 June – 2 July Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh. Poster Presentation.
  • Charles, K. (2008).  Talking the talk: how do adults masquerade as adolescents in the online seduction of under-16s.  British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology 24-26 June Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.  Oral presentation.
  • Charles, K. (2007). Sensational Interests, Intrasexual Competition, and Delinquency in British Adolescents.  International Society for the Study of Individual Differences 22-27 July University of Giessen, Germany.  Oral presentation.
  • Charles, K. & McGee, A. (2007). Shyness, agreeableness, and mating effort: their relationship with adolescent sociometric status. BPS Scottish Branch Annual Conference 30 November – 1 December MacDonald Inchyra Grange Hotel, Falkirk. Poster presentation.
  • Charles, K., McNeill, A., Burton, M. and White, D. (2007). Individual Differences in Face Matching. International Society for the Study of Individual Differences 22-27 July University of Giessen, Germany. Poster presentation.
  • Charles, K. (2005). Psychopathology, sensational interests, and mating effort in a sample of Scottish adolescents.  Human Behavior and Evolution Conference 1-5 June University of Texas.  Oral presentation.
  • Charles, K. and Egan. V. (2004). Mating effort strongly predicts self-reported delinquency in a normal adolescent sample.  Division of Forensic Psychology Thirteenth Annual Conference 22-24 March University of Leicester. Oral presentation.


Fellowships and Awards

  • Public Engagement Fellowship from the Edinburgh Beltane
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Grant Reviewer

  • Grant reviewer for the ESRC.


Invited Speaker

  • Bloody Scotland – Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival.  A panel discussion including the crime writer Elly Griffiths.
  • The Dunbar Science Festival (invited to discuss forensic psychology with crime writer Lin Anderson).


Media Activity

  • Interviewed by the Times Higher Education Supplement about the importance of public engagement in psychological research
  • Following a conference presentation I gave on the problems of online seduction of under 16s, I worked with Real Radio giving various interviews around issues relating to crime and internet use.  Some of these were broadcast and some were used in a piece o
  • As a result of my publications and engagement I have been consulted by three documentary makers representing Channel 4, ITN, and the Discovery Channel. All of these requests centred on professional advice about personality psychology and unusual behaviour
  • Worked with a journalist from the Scottish Sun to produce a week of features on crime in Scotland with a focus on the psychology and utility of offender profiling.


Public Engagement Activity

  • Lighthouse Lectures.  I organised four public lectures themed around forensic and abnormal psychology at the Lighthouse in Glasgow.  These lectures have finished now but please see the public lectures tab for information
  • Edinburgh Skeptics – Skeptics on the Fringe.  A talk titled: The Psychology of Serial Killers.
  • Edinburgh Skeptics – Skeptics on the Fringe.  A talk titled: Fat Love, the world of feederism and erotic weight gain.
  • Edinburgh International Science Festival with Lin Anderson.  A talk titled: Forensics and Fiction.
  • The Dana Centre at the Science Museum (invited to speak at a public debate on how society views young people).
  • The Dunbar Science Festival.  A talk titled: The Science and Psychology and Aphrodisiacs
  • U3A, Edinburgh.  A talk titled: Offender Profiling
  • Cheltenham Science Festival (invited to speak at a public debate on the psychology of bullying).



  • Peer reviewer for journals: Justice Quarterly [high impact factor]; Psychology, Crime & Law; and Personality and Individual Differences [both mid impact factor].
  • Peer reviewer for publishers: Routledge; Cambridge University Press; and Sage.


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