Kathy Charles

Kathy Charles

Dr Kathy Charles CPsychol SFHEA



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

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


Grant Reviewer

  • Grant reviewer for the ESRC.


Public Engagement Activity

  • 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).
  • 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).


Media Activity

  • 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.
  • 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


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

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



  • 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.


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).


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