Research project: Sexual offending: predictors of recidivism
Supervisor: Robert J. Edelmann
Geraldine is a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist and Head of Psychology Services and Interventions with the Probation Board for Northern Ireland, where she has worked for the last 17 years. Geraldine works with a range of offenders who are subject to community supervision, and her interests are in the areas of sex offenders and personality disordered offenders.
Sexual offences create extremely high levels of concern amongst the public, and legislation and government policies have been developed over the years to address this concern, including registration of sex offenders, indeterminate sentences and specialised treatment programmes in custody and in the community. Geraldine,s research study aims to address the factors relevant to sexual recidivism and in doing so, evaluates models of risk assessment and the utility of various instruments. Supervision can only work to reduce risk when it monitors and addresses factors related to sexual recidivism, and the research findings will explore how assessment and treatment of sex offenders can impact on risk reduction and ultimately recidivism rates.