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.
Teaching and subject expertise
- Year 2: Policing and Mental Health for both pre service and in service policing degrees
- Year 3: Psychology and the Criminal Justice System
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
Viki, G.T., Massey, K. & Masser, B. (2005) When Chivalry Backfires: Benevolent Sexism and Attitudes toward Myra Hindley. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 10, pp. 109-120.
Alys. L, Massey, K, & Tong, S (2012) Investigative Decision Making: Missing People and Sexual Offences, Crossroads to an Uncertain Future. Manuscript in preparation.
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.