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Dr Amy Rose Grubb

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542954

Amy is a Registered Forensic Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS).  She has recently joined the University of Worcester as a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology.  Amy previously taught at Coventry University for a period of nine years and was responsible for the teaching of forensic psychology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

Amy has experience of acting as a course director for both campus based and blended learning versions of accredited forensic psychology masters courses and has successfully supervised approximately 80 forensic psychology dissertation students, many of whom have gone on to complete Stage 2 of the qualification towards becoming a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist.  Amy is passionate about both teaching and research and sees her role as bridging the gap between research and practice within the policing and investigative arenas.   


PhD in Forensic Psychology (Coventry University, 2017)
PGCert in Higher Education Professional Practice (Coventry University, 2009)
MSc in Forensic Psychology (Coventry University, 2005)
BSc (Hons) in Psychology (University of Birmingham, 2003)


Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research


Forensic Psychology
Police Psychology
Investigative Psychology     
Qualitative Research Methods   


Amy’s main research interests focus on sexual violence and the application of psychology within police and investigatory settings.  She has experience of working with a number of police forces nationally on a consultancy basis and is motivated by a desire to improve medico-legal responses to victims of sexual violence.  Amy also has expertise in the area of hostage and crisis negotiation, a topic which formed the basis of her PhD thesis.  Her doctoral research involved working with 21 UK police forces to assess the competencies and characteristics of police negotiators and to develop an Anglo-centric model of negotiation (i.e. the D.I.A.M.O.N.D. model of hostage and crisis negotiation).  Amy has also been involved in the development and implementation of the National Negotiator Deployment Database being led by the National Negotiator Group (NNG) and has acted as a consultant during the development phases of this project.      

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Registered Forensic Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and member of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Chartered Scientist with the Science Council



Grubb, A. & Harrower, J. (2008). Attribution of blame in cases of rape: An analysis of participant gender, type of rape and perceived similarity to the victim. Aggression and Violent Behaviour, 13, 396-405. doi:10.1016/j.avb.2008.06.006

Grubb, A. & Harrower, J. (2009). Understanding attribution of blame in cases of rape: An analysis of participant gender, type of rape and perceived similarity to the victim. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 15, 63-81.  doi:10.1080/13552600802641649

Grubb, A. (2009). Book review of “Accounting for rape: Psychology, feminism and discourse analysis in the study of sexual violence”. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 15, 214-216. doi:10.1080/13552600902907270

Grubb, A. (2010). Modern day hostage (crisis) negotiation: the evolution of an art form within the policing arena.  Aggression and Violent Behaviour, 15, 341-348.  doi:10.1016/j.avb.2010.06.002

Grubb, A. (2011). A needs analysis conducted with the survivors of sexual assault to inform the development of a Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Coventry and Warwickshire. Confidential consultancy report commissioned by Warwickshire Police and Warwickshire County Council 

Grubb, A. & Turner, E. (2012). Attribution of blame in rape cases: A review of the impact of rape myth acceptance, gender role conformity and substance use on victim blaming. Aggression and Violent Behaviour, 17, 443-452. doi:10.1016/j.avb.2012.06.002

Grubb, A. & Brown, S. (2012). Hostage (crisis) negotiation: The potential role of negotiator personality, decision-making style, coping style and emotional intelligence on negotiator success.  International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, 14, 41-51.  Retrieved from    

Grubb, A., & Tarn, T. (2012). An exploratory analysis of the relationship between women's rape fantasies, rape myth acceptance, rape victim empathy and rape blame attribution.  Forensic Update, 108, 14-20

van der Bruggen, M. & Grubb, A. (2014). A review of the literature relating to rape victim blaming: An analysis of the impact of observer and victim characteristics on attribution of blame in rape cases.  Aggression and Violent Behaviour, 19, 523-531.  doi:10.1016/j.avb.2014.07.008

Williamson, L., & Grubb, A. (2015).  An analysis of the relationship between being deaf and sexual offending.  Journal of Sexual Aggression, 21, 224-243. doi:10.1080/13552600.2013.842001

Grubb, A., Brown, S., & Hall, P. (2015). Personality traits and coping styles in UK police officers. Do negotiators differ from their non-negotiator colleagues? Psychology, Crime and Law, 21, 347-374. doi:10.1080/1068316X.2014.989165

Grubb, A. R. (2016).  A mixed-methodological analysis of police hostage and crisis negotiation in the United Kingdom (Unpublished doctoral dissertation).  Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom.  doi:10.13140/RG.2.2.22287.79522

Grubb, A. R., Brown, S. J., & Hall, P. (2017).  The emotionally intelligent officer?  Exploring decision-making style and emotional intelligence in hostage and crisis negotiators and non-negotiator-trained police officers.  Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.  Advance online publication.  doi:10.1007/s11896-017-9240-2

Grubb, A. R. (2017).  Understanding the prevalence and situational characteristics of hostage and crisis negotiation in England: An analysis of Norfolk and Suffolk Constabulary negotiator deployment data from January 2015 to December 2016.  Consultancy report commissioned by Norfolk Constabulary

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

External examiner for the University of Wolverhampton MSc Forensic and Investigative Psychology Course (September 2016 – present)      
Book Review Editor for the Journal of Sexual Aggression from 2011 – 2017        
Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice since 2016    
Member of the DFP training committee (2012 – present)

I have acted as a consultant for the following police forces:

Warwickshire Police, Hampshire Constabulary, and Norfolk Constabulary

I have acted as a peer reviewer for the following academic peer-reviewed journals:

Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Psychology, Crime and Law, Journal of Basic and Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Police Practice and Research, Journal of Sexual Aggression, Aggression and Violent Behaviour, Behavioural Sciences and the Law, Criminal Justice and Behaviour, Culture, Health and Sexuality, Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, Sociology and Criminology, Legal Studies, Asian Journal of Criminology, Violence Against Women, Violence and Victims, Sex Roles, Journal of Legal and Criminological Psychology, and Journal of Applied Social Psychology