Staff Profile


Dr Katarina Mozova

Senior Lecturer in Policing

School: School of Law, Policing and Social Sciences

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus


Profile summary

Katarina Mozova finished her Bsc at Canterbury Christ Church University in Psychology with Applied Criminology and later continued enriching her knowledge within the area by pursuing Msc in Forensic Psychology at the University of Kent where she graduated in 2011. She worked with Professor Theresa Gannon exploring and assessing needs of firesetters. She also worked with Prof. Jane Wood exploring characteristics of incarcerated and street gang members. She has assisted in a pilot intervention program targeted at firesetters in prisons. She completed her PhD examining the group processes behind street gang membership. Since 2015, she is a lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University in Policing, leading on research surrounding vulnerability in the Criminal Justice System and teaching across a variety of degrees. She is Deputy Director of the Justice Support Dogs International lab and in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Spruin (department of Psychology) she is researching the impact of specially trained dogs as a form of witness support.  

Research and knowledge exchange

Katarina’s research interests lie in the areas of forensic psychology vulnerability and evidence based practice. Currently, Katarina’s main areas of interest are in street gang membership, witness experiences in the CJS, youth justice (e.g. CSE) and evidence based police practice.  She has also been involved in research surrounding the personal officer scheme in the HM Prison Service, male and female firesetting, and mental health and gang membership. Katarina has successfuly won internal funding bids relating to a variety of projects. She is also a member of project teams on research which gained external funding. Katarina has presented her research in applied and academic setting, as BPS Division of Forensic Psychology conference, College of Policing Research Showcase, Scotland Yard, Kent Police Leadership Day, and more. Katarina supervises both MSc and PhD students relating to topics of police professionalisations nationally and internationally, as well as vulnerability, and more. 

Teaching and subject expertise

I am the module leader for several modules across different programmes. Currently, I am the module lead for: The Criminal Justice System and How To Tell What Works (L4), Wicked Problems in Policing (L5), Young People and the Youth Justice System (L5), Research Informed policing (L6), Evidence Based Policing and Research Methods (L6), Gangs and Serious Youth Offending (L6). I also teach on postgraduate degree programmes. My specific teaching interests lie in the area of Youth Justice, Vulnerabiliy and Professional Policing. 

External activities

Won a 50th Anniversary PhD Scholarship at the University of Kent. 

Successfully obtained internal funding for three projects and external funding for a project relating to CSE. 

Presented research at a variety of conferences nationally and internationally. Engaged in international knowldge exchange. 

Publications and research outputs

Selected Publications

Gannon, T. A., Ó Ciardha, C., Barnoux, M. F.L., Tyler, N., Mozova, K., & Alleyne, E.K.A. (2013). Male Imprisoned Firesetters Have Different Characteristics to Other Imprisoned Offenders and Require Specialist Treatment. Psychiatry

Ó Ciardha, C., Barnoux, M.F.L., Alleyne, E.K.A., Tyler, N., Mozova, K., & Gannon, T.A. (2014). Multiple factors in the assessment of firesetters’ fire interest and attitudes. Legal and Criminological Psychology

Wood, J.L. and Alleyne, E., Mozova, K. and James, M. (2014) Predicting involvement in prison gang activity: Street gang membership, social and psychological factors. Law and Human Behavior

Alleyne, E., Wood, J.L., Mozova, K., James, M. (2014). Psychological and behavioural characteristics that distinguish street gang members in custody. Legal and Criminological Psychology 

Gannon, T.,  Alleyne, E., Butler, H., Danby, H., Kapoor, A., Lovell, T., Mozova, K.,Spruin, E, Tostevin, T., Tyler, N., & Ciardha, C. (2015). Specialist Group Therapy for Firesetting Behaviour: Evidence of a Treatment Effect from a Non-Randomised Pilot Trial with Male Prisoners. Research and Therapy

Ó Ciardha, C., Barnoux, M.F.L., Alleyne, E.K.A., Tyler, N., Mozova, K., & Gannon, T.A. (2015). Multiple factors in the assessment of firesetters’ fire interest and attitudes. Law and Criminological Psychology

Alleyne, E., Gannon, T. A., Mozova, K., Page, T., & Ó Ciardha, C. (2016). Female firesetters: Gender associated psychological and psychopathological features. Psychiatry

Wood, Jane L. and Mozova, Katarina and Vasquez, Eduardo A. and Alleyne, Emma (2016) The evaluation of Neighbourhood Responsibility Panels: Final Report.

Spruin, E. and Mozova, K. (2018) Dogs in the criminal justice system: consideration of facility and therapy dogs. Pet Behaviour Science

Spruin, E., Mozova, K., Franz, A., Mitchell, S., Fernandez, A., Dempster, T. and Holt, N. (2019) The use of therapy dogs to support court users in the waiting room. International Criminal Justice Review


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