Professional Biography

Teaching responsibilities

Lecturer in Criminological and Forensic Psychology

  • Psychology and Crime (Year 1)
  • Understanding the Person (Year 1)
  • Psychology of Law and Justice (Year 2)
  • Research Methods (Year 2)
  • Abnormal Psychology (Year 3)
  • Applications in Forensic Psychology (Year 3)
  • Applied Experience (Year 3)
  • Cyberpsychology (Year 3)


I have worked in UK Higher Education in various teaching roles since 1997. I completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology (1st Class Honours) in 1997 and a PhD on rape attributions in 2002, both at the University of Central Lancashire.

I have an extensive research record spanning over 15 years. I currently have approximately 50 academic papers in print or in press, and have presented over 40 conference papers.  I am current Editor of the Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research. My research interests include (but not exclusive to) the blame process (particularly relating to criminal events), the effects of interpersonal aggression on psychological functioning, victimology, fear of crime, honour-based violence, cybercrime, and sexuality issues.

I have research links with various victim-survivor groups, and the police. I have recently worked on a project funded by the European Union, entitled “Assessing Vulnerable Victims”, in collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire, Lancashire Constabulary, Preston Domestic Violence Services and Victim Support, which addressed the needs of vulnerable victims in the criminal justice system. 

The University of Bolton has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Greater Manchester Police, which will allow the establishment of research links between the University and the Police.  I am one of the academic staff that will work to forward this research agenda.

I am interested in supervising PhD students within my research areas. I currently have three completed PhDs and one MPhil theses on: 1. effects of male rape; 2. shame and guilt in offenders; 3. components of intergroup conflict; and 4. rape attributions.


Since 2009

Please note that I was previously known as Michelle Davies

Davies, M.& Rogers, P. (2009). 'Perceptions of blame and credibility toward victims of childhood sexual abuse: Differences across victim age, victim-perpetrator relationship, and respondent gender in a depicted case. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 18, 78 – 92

Davies, M., Smith, R., & Rogers, P. (2009). Police perceptions of rape as a function of victim gender and sexuality. The Police Journal, 82, 4-12

Davies, M, Rogers, P. & Whitelegg, L.(2009).  Effects of victim gender, victim sexual orientation, victim response and respondent gender on judgements of blame in a hypothetical adolescent rape.  Legal and Criminological Psychology, 14, 331-338

Anderson, I., Davies, M. & Rogers, P. (2009). Gender’s role in attributions about child sexual abuse. In J. H. Urlich & B. T. Cosell (eds.) Handbook of Gender Roles: Conflicts, Attitudes & Behaviours (pp. 316-325). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.

Davies, M., Rogers, P. & Hood, P. (2009). Perceptions of child sexual abuse in a hypothetical cybersexploitation case.  Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 18, 422-441

Xuereb, S., Ireland, J.L., & Davies, M.(2009). Development and Preliminary Assessment of a Measure of Shame, Guilt, and Denial in Offenders. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 20,640-660.

Rogers, P. Titterington, L & Davies, M.(2009). Attributions of Blame and Credibility in a Hypothetical Child Sexual Abuse Case: Roles of Victim Disability, Victim Resistance and Respondent Gender. International  Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 56, 205-228

Boardman, M. & Davies, M. (2009).  Asymptomatic victims of child sexual abuse: A critical review.Forensic Update, 99, 6-12

Xuereb, S., Ireland, J.L., & Davies, M. (2009). Chronic and Offence-Related Factors and Coping Styles in Offenders. Personality and Individual Differences, 46, 465-471. 

Davies,  M., Walker, J., Archer, J. & Pollard, P. (2010). A comparative study of long-term psychological functioning in male survivors of stranger and acquaintance rape. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 2, 4, 25-33

Rogers, P., Davies, M.& Cottam, L. (2010). Perpetrator coercion, victim resistance and respondent gender: Their impact on blame attributions in a hypothetical child sexual abuse case. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 2, 3, 25-35

Rogers, P.,Davies, M., Anderson, I. & Potten, A. (2010 online; 2011 in print). Does norm theory explain negative perceptions of child sexual abuse victims?  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, doi: 10.1177/0886260510372936 26, 1911-1933

Rogers, P., Wczasek, R. & Davies, M.(2011) Attributions of blame in a hypothetical internet grooming case: Roles of victim naivety, parental neglect & respondent gender. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 17(2), 196-214.doi: 10.1080/13552601003664869.

Davies,  M. & Hudson, J. (2011). Judgements toward male and transgendered victims in a depicted stranger rape.   Journal of Homosexuality, 58, 237–247

Laing, T. & Davies, M.(2011). Fear of crime in a UK sample of gay and heterosexual men. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 3, 25-31

Davies, M.(2011).  Working with Adult and Child Victims of Crime. In Davey, G.(Ed) Introduction to Applied Psychology, Chapter 13. 251-265. Wiley Psychology

Davies, M.  (2011). Perceptions of male sexual assault: A review. Forensic Update. 102, 22-29

Davies, M., Austen, K & Rogers, P   (2011). Sexual preference, gender, and blame attributions in adolescent sexual assault.  Journal of Social Psychology, 151, 592-607

Rogers, P. Hirst, L., & Davies, M.(2011). An investigation into the effect of respondent gender, victim age and perpetrator treatment on public attitudes towards sex offenders, sex offender treatment and sex offender rehabilitation. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. 50. 511-530

Davies, M., Gilston, J., & Rogers, P. (2012). Examining the relationship between male rape myth acceptance, victim blame, homophobia and ambivalent sexism.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2, 2807-23. doi: 10.1177/0886260512438281

Davies, M. & Boden, S. (2012). Examining the sexual preference effect in depicted male sexual assault. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 4. 136-143

Costa, P. & Davies, M.  (2012) Portuguese Adolescents’ Attitudes toward Sexual Minorities: Transphobia, Homophobia and Gender-Roles Beliefs. Journal of Homosexuality, 59,1426–1444

Davies, M.(2013). Effects of victim gender, age and sexuality on perceptions of sexual assaults committed by women: Russell, B. L. (Ed) Perceptions of Female Offenders. How Stereotypes and Social Norms Affect Criminal Justice Responses. Springer. ISBN: 978-1-4614-5870-8 (Print) 978-1-4614-5871-5 (Online)

Davies, M., Patel, F., & Rogers, P. (2013). Examining the roles of victim-perpetrator relationship and emotional closeness in judgments toward a depicted child sexual abuse case.   Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 28, 887-909 doi:10.1177/0886260512459376

Davies, M., Walker, J., Archer, J. & Pollard, P. (2013). The scripting of male and female rape.   Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 5, 68-76

Xuereb, S., Ireland, J.L, Davies, M. & Archer, J. (2013). The association of distress and responsibility with self-esteem and maladaptive personality traits in offenders. Legal and Criminological Psychology,  DOI: 10.1111/lcrp.12020 

Rogers, P., Lowe, M. Boardman, M. (2014). Investigating the effects of respondent gender, victim resistance and victim emotional reaction on perceptions of child sexual abuse. Journal of Forensic Practice, 16(1), 1-14. doi: 10.1108/JFP-08-2012-0004.

Mahoney, B., Davies, M.& Scurlock-Evans, L. (2014). Victimisation amongst female and male sexual minorities: evidence from the British Crime Survey 2007-8, 2008-9 and 2009-10.  Journal of Homosexuality,  DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2014.92857

Lowe, M.& Balfour, B. (2014). The Unheard Victims: Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse. The Psychologist, In Press

Graham-Kevan,, N., Brooks, M., Willan, VJ., Lowe, M., Robinson, P., Khan, R, Stokes, R, Irving, M., Karwacka, M. & Bryce, J. (2015). Repeat victimisation, retraumatisation and victim vulnerability. Open Criminology Journal, 8, 36-48

Khan, R.,Willan, VJ., Lowe, M., Graham-Kevan, N, Robinson, P., Brooks, M. Irving, M.  Karwacka, M., Stokes, R. Bryce, J. (2015). Assessing risk in adult victims of domestic violence. Safer Communities, 14 (4) In Press

 Rogers, P., Lowe, M. & Reddington, K. (2015). Investigating the victim pseudomaturity effect: How a victim’s chronological age and dress style influences attributions in a depicted case of child sexual assault. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. In press

Lowe, M., Willan, VJ., Khan, R. Brooks, M., Robinson, P.,  Graham-Kevan, N., Stokes, R., Irving, M., Karwacka, M. & Bryce, J. (2016). Predictors of Engagement with Support Services in a Sample of UK Victims of Violent Crime.  British Journal of Community Justice, 14 (1) In Press