Craig Harper


Craig Harper, PhD is a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer within the Department of Psychology, based at Nottingham Trent University (UK). He teaches on selected courses on the undergraduate forensic pathway (e.g., critical thinking and sexual offending), and experimental research methods. He also supervises project students and teaches selected sessions on the MSc in Forensic Psychology.

Before joining NTU, Craig worked briefly as a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of East London. Prior to this role, he acted as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Lincoln while completing his PhD on how people form and express attitudes towards sexual offenders from a dual-process cognitive perspective.

Craig is principally interested in the psychological mechanisms that underpin decision-making about politically controversial issues. His primary research area is related to how people form attitudes to sexual offenders, and how these attitudes interact with specific stimuli and lead to outcome judgements (e.g., policy preferences around sentencing, risk assessments, etc).

Craig’s research is linked to the ongoing activities taking place within the Sexual Offences, Crime & Misconduct Research Unit (SOCAMRU) at NTU. In 2015, Dr. Harper was presented with the ‘Rising Researcher Award’ by the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group of the British Psychological Society.