Staff profile

Paul Smith

Dr Paul Smith

Senior Lecturer

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Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Leeds

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Leeds

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,


Paul Smith is programme manager for the BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology Degree and lectures in Forensic Psychology. He has a PhD in Psychology from the Institute for Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds where he taught as a Lecturer before coming to Leeds Trinity in 2008. Dr Smith's research interests are in the areas of sexual offenders cognitions, impulsivity, addiction and aggression. He currently co-supervises several PhD students based at the University of Leeds (with Dr Amanda Harrison and Professor John Rogers) working on these topics. He has published extensively on cognitive bias in offenders, gender and aggression, impulsivity and anger. Before entering academia Dr Smith worked for 18 years in the Civil Service within areas such as the MOD and NHS.

Paul is a reviewer for Cognition and EmotionAggressive BehaviourSexual Abuse: A Journal for Research and Treatment; The International Journal of Forensic Mental Health and the British Journal of Psychology, and a grant reviewer for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Teaching and Administration


Psy 4202 Level 4 Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Psy 5202 Level 5 Forensic Psychology in Theory and Practice

Psy 6402 Level 6 Applied Forensic Psychology

Psy 6222 Level 6 Forensic Psychology

Psy 6xxx Level 6 Forensic Practitioner

Psy 6114 Level 6 Major Research Project

Psy 6122 Level 6 Special Subject Essay


Forensic Psychology Programme Manager

Module Coordinator PSY4202; PSY5202; PSY6402; PSY6222.

Admissions Tutor Forensic Psychology Programme


Forensic Psychology Open and Applicant Days


Member Academic Board 2011-2014

Member of Research Committee 2011-2014


Research interests

The assessment of deviant sexual interest, the cognitive and physiological assessment of sexual offenders, sexual fantasy, impulsivity, addiction, domestic violence, risk assessment, personality disorder and violent offending. Recent published research has focused on cognitive processing in violent and sexual offenders, road rage and gender differences in aggression, implicit attitudes and behaviour and the neurological basis of addiction. Current work is on risk assessment in domestic violence, impulsivity and self-harm, the relationship between impulsivity and addiction and cognitive measures of sexual interest.

Willingness to take PhD students