Staff Profile


Ms Kristina Massey

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

School: School of Psychology and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 923714

Profile summary

Kristina Massey BSc (Surrey), MSc (Kent), MSc (LSBU) and PGDip (Greenwich) graduated with an MSc (Hons) degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of Kent in 2004. She has worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Geoffrey Stephenson at the PROMIS Recovery Centre psychology department, carrying out research into personality and addiction. After completing her MSc (Hons) in Addiction Psychology and Counselling from London South Bank University, she began work for the NHS as a Highly Specialist Alcohol Therapist within the forensic division of the local psychiatric service. During this time she carried out further study to achieve a Post Graduate Diploma in Addiction Counselling, and to become an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has taught on courses for Addiction Practitioners since 2004 at the University of Kent, and has guest lectured at London South Bank University and the University of Surrey. Since 2012 she has worked as a Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Research and knowledge exchange

Kristina Massey’s research interests lie in addiction crime and mental health. Her time working for the NHS with women who have experienced domestic and sexual violence gave her a special interest in this area, as well as a focus in treatment and police responses to such crimes. She has further academic interest in the comorbidity of crime and addiction, the policing and treatment of addicts in society, and the vicarious traumatisation of professionals that work in stressful, distressing or difficult roles (such as domestic violence workers, rape councillors, the police and therapists).

She recently co-authored “Basically... Porn is Everywhere”: a Rapid Evidence Assessment of the effects that access and exposure to pornography can have on children and young people. This was a literature review funded by the Office of the Children's Commissioner. Since 2012 she has carried out research into vicarious truama an PTSD publising several articles in this area.

Teaching and subject expertise

  • Year 3: Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System
  • Year 2: Psychology and the Criminal Justice System
  •           Sexual and Domestic Abuse
  • MSc in Forensic and Investigative Psychology

External activities

Grants, Awards & Scholarships

  • £25,000 Consortium bid from the Office for the Commissioner to Children in collaboration with Middlesex University, University of Bedfordshire and the University of Kent.

Publications and research outputs

Horvath, MAH, Massey, K, Estafi, S and Majeed-Aris, R. (2020). Minimising trauma in staff at a Sexual Assault Referral Centre: what and who is needed?  Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine.

Massey, K., Burns, J. and Franz, A. (2020). The Effects of Pornogrpahy on Children and Young People, Sexuality and Culture

Foley, J. and Massey, K (2020). The ‘cost’ of caring in policing: From burnout to PTSD in police officers in England and Wales. The Police Journal, theory Practice and Principles, 1-18.

Massey, K., Horvath, M., Essafi, S. and Majeed-Ariss, R. (2019) Staff experiences of working in a sexual assault referral centre: the impacts and emotional tolls of working with traumatised people. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology. ISSN 1478-9949.

 Horvath, Miranda and Massey, Kristina (2018) The Impact of Witnessing Other People's Trauma: The Resilience and Coping Strategies of Members of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine. (In Press)

Foley, J. and Massey, K. (2018) Police officers and post traumatic stress disorder: discussing the deficit in research, identification and prevention in England and Wales. The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles. (In Press)

 Massey, K. (2015) Policing and mental health. In: Brunger, M., Tong, S. and Martin, D., eds. Introduction to policing research. Taking lessons from practice. 1 ed. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. pp. 57-70 ISBN 9780415750400

Horvath, M.A.H, Alys, L. Massey, K. Pina, A. Scally, M. & Adler, J. (2013) “Basically... Porn is Everywhere”: A Rapid Evidence Assessment of the Effects that Access and Exposure to Pornography have on Children and Young People.

Alys. L, Massey, K, & Tong, S (2012) Investigative Decision Making: Missing People and Sexual Offences, Crossroads to an Uncertain Future. Manuscript in preparation.


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