About me

I am a researcher by trade, criminal psychologist by training who works and resides in London, England. Expect blog posts to be about criminal behavior, Spanx research, bizarre and irreproduceable patterns in sports data, marathon running, and other various topics.

My official blurb

Ian A. Elliott, Ph.D., is a Forensic Psychologist and researcher. Ian is a Senior Outcomes Specialist with Interventions Services at HM Prison and Probation Service (an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice). There he is engaged in evaluations of outcomes and processes related to the suite of interventions provided by HMPPS and the development and the validation of assessment and selection tools. He is also an Honorary Research Associate at the Dept. of Crime Science, University College London.

Ian received his Ph.D. in 2012 from the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham, where his thesis focused on the psychological characteristics of online sex offenders and users of indecent images of children. During this time, he was awarded both the 2011 Junior Award in Forensic Psychology from the British Psychological Society’s Division of Forensic Psychology and the 2011 Graduate Research Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. He conducted his doctoral research whilst employed as a Research Psychologist with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, a U.K. child protection organization specializing in the prevention of the sexual abuse of children.

After completing his Ph.D. studies, Ian was a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar at the Justice Center for Research at The Pennsylvania State University. There, he secured U.S. National Institute of Justice funding for a nationwide evaluability study of the community-based sex offender reentry program ‘Circles of Support and Accountability’. He was also involved in a number of other projects including a pilot study of offender management software, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, and assisting with the organization of Penn State’s inaugural 2012 Conference on Child Protection and Well-Being. After this appointment, Ian completed a two-year term as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he taught courses related to criminal and forensic psychology at both undergraduate and graduate level.

Ian has published a number of peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and practical reports on sex offender behavior, assessment, and community management for adult male, adult female, and online sex offenders and has been invited to speak at both national and international conferences on these topics. He is also an Editor of the fledgling NextGenForensic community blog, a venue for ideas, musings, and reflections on the etiology and prevention of sexual violence.