Nicole Hickey completed a BSc (Hons) Psychology & Sociology degree at the University of Bath in 1993. She then spent a number of years working in the Psychology Department of Rampton Hospital where she co-facilitated various intervention programmes including Sex Offender & Arson treatment programmes. During which time she also completed an MSc in Legal & Forensic Psychology (University of Leicester).
A return to London in 1998 began in the Forensic Psychiatry Research Unit of Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London conducting a long-term follow-up study of patients admitted to medium secure units in England. Then followed a period as Research Officer with the Young Abuser’s Project carrying out research on young people who commit sexually harmful behaviour. Finally, and most recently, Nicole joined the Academic Unit of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Imperial College London initially as a Researcher surveying Primary Mental Health Workers in CAMHS, & latterly as the Unit Administrator. Nicole also provides data-management support to the START project (Multi-Systemic Therapy RCT) being conducted at UCL.
As a Forensic Research Psychologist Nicole’s main research interests are sexual aggression, psychopathy, and juvenile delinquency. A long-time member of NOTA (The National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers) Nicole was elected Chair of the Research Sub-Committee in summer 2009.
Nicole is currently working on two datasets: (a) criminal career analysis of a large retrospective cohort of juvenile offenders in order to compare the careers of males and females over a follow-up period of up to 26 years, and (b) a survey of school/college students (11-19yrs old) on their experiences of cyberbullying and associations with well-being.
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