Rachael Thompson

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton Building, Room L818.


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Current positions

Lecturer in Psychology


Rachael joined the University of Salford in 2019 as a Lecturer in Psychology (Forensic/Criminology) and teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. Alongside her teaching role, Rachael also holds the role of an Assessment Officer and Placement Tutor.

Rachael completed a first degree in Psychological Studies and Master’s by Research with the University of Huddersfield. Currently, Rachael is completing a PhD titled ‘Morality and Offending: A Comparison between Sexual and Non-Sexual Offenders and Public Perceptions of These Offender Groups’. Rachael has also undertaken a Lifelong Learning Postgraduate Diploma in Education, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is a member of the British Psychological Society as well as the British Criminological Society. Furthermore, Rachael is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Criminal Psychology.

While Rachael’s research mainly focuses on the relationship between morality and crime, along with public perceptions of offending, she has also co-led studies exploring online sexual harassment and been involved in research examining the transitional experiences of students in higher education.


Co-module leader

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Workplace Psychology Placement
  • Individual Differences & Crime

Further Teaching Contributions

  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • The Psychology of Extreme Violence
  • Anatomy of Coercive Control in Comparative Contexts

Rachael also supervises a number of students completing their dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Research Interests

  • Morality and Crime
  • Public Perceptions of Offenders
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Rehabilitation of Drug Use Offenders
  • Student Experiences of Higher Education

Qualifications and Memberships


  • BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies (University of Huddersfield, 2016)
  • MSc by Research in Psychology (University of Huddersfield, 2018)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (University of Huddersfield, 2018)
  • PhD (University of Huddersfield, 2018 - Present)


  • Member of the British Psychological Society
  • Member of the British Criminological Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy