Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis
University of Central Lancashire | UCLAN · School of Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy

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Additional affiliations
October 2017 - present
University of Central Lancashire
Position
  • Lecturer
July 2016 - October 2017
University of Essex Online
Position
  • Head of Department
September 2015 - September 2016
University of Leicester
Position
  • Fellow
Education
February 2012 - February 2012
University of Central Lancashire
Field of study
  • Clinical Case Formulation
October 2010 - September 2014
University of Central Lancashire
Field of study
  • Forensic Psychology
September 2009 - August 2010
University of Central Lancashire
Field of study
  • Forensic Psychology

Publications

Publications (21)
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Four studies outline the ACL (Affective, Cognitive and Lifestyle) assessment, a new means of assessing psychopathy capturing implicit and explicit functioning. Studies 1 and 2 comprised students (Study 1, n=42, 14 men, 28 women; Study 2, n=50 men), Study 3 comprised 80 young prisoners (men) and Study 4, 40 forensic psychiatric patients (men). It wa...
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Three studies describe development of the Psychopathic Processing and Personality Assessment (PAPA). Study one outlines a literature review and Expert Delphi (n = 32) to develop the initial PAPA. Study two validates the PAPA with 431 participants (121 male prisoners and 310 university students: 154 men, 156 women), also using the Levenson Self Repo...
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Purpose For decades, psychopathy has been thought to be untreatable. Yet, conceptualisations, and indeed its assessment, have deviated away from viewing the disorder as personality pathology towards a behavioural focus where the core underlying deficits in cognition and affect have been ignored. Interventions have followed suit leading to a premat...
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Although psychopathy is widely recognised for its importance in forensic and criminal justice settings, the range of interpersonal relationships that are experienced and engaged in by individuals with psychopathy is understudied. A Rapid Evidence Assessment (Study 1) examined what is known empirically about the nature and quality of relationships f...
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This research comprised of 13 face-to-face semi-structured interviews with residential care workers (seven males and six females), all based within the same UK residential care organisation, offering care for adolescents aged 11 to 17 years. Interviews focussed on the psychological impact of traumatic events on staff functioning. Findings noted tha...
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Purpose This paper aims to examine the prevalence of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and factors connected in a young adult population, through a series of connected studies. Each study considered exposure to poly-victimisation. The series of studies focussed on a number of factors felt to impact vulnerability and protective factors towards CSE. Sp...
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The current research explored the prevalence of stressful events in a forensic hospital setting, and their impact on staff. A systematic review of the literature on responses following exposure to extreme stress comprised 46 articles. This was followed by a Delphi study of professionals based in a forensic hospital (n = 43) to explore views on the...
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Purpose This paper aims to assess whether the factor structure of the Psychopathic Processing and Personality Assessment (PAPA) could be confirmed in a large community sample ( n = 1,850), comprising three subsamples of adult men ( n = 189, 248 and 198) and women ( n = 499, 469 and 247). It was predicted that the four-factor solution originally pro...
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Two studies examining adult women are presented. The first (n = 162) examines the relationship between proclivity (i.e. interest in, predisposition) to abuse animals and the link to aggression motivation, with psychopathy traits, sadism and general maladaptive personality explored. The second study (n = 159) extended to focus on callous-unemotional...
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This research presents a series of linked studies exploring the association between psychopathy and trauma. It comprises a systematic review (n = 58), followed by an expert Delphi (n = 19), and patient file trawl using a male forensic psychiatric patient sample (n = 66). An association between psychopathy and developmental trauma was predicted. It...
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The current study examined the psychopathy-aggression relationship by considering different forms of aggression, including aggressive motivation. Emotions were explored as useful in understanding any emerging relationship, notably those consistent with detachment and sensitivity/poor regulation. In three studies, involving non-offending samples (St...
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Negotiation teams are well established within tactical policing. Police agencies select and train personnel they deem suitable to act as negotiators during critical incidents. Consultants, such as forensic psychologists, have been considered as a means of increasing success during critical incidents through the specialist advice they are able to pr...
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Purpose: The contribution of environmental and organisational factors in predicting security incidents within a high secure male psychiatric setting is considered using a series of connected studies; a systematic literature review comprising 41 studies and five inquiries (Study 1) to identify core themes of likely importance; application of these...
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Three preliminary and linked studies investigate the impact of making alterations to factors considered relevant to engaging in and experiencing intra-group aggression (bullying) among adult male patients detained in a single secure forensic hospital. Study one (n = 44) outlines the institutional factors, attitudes towards bullying and environmenta...
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The primary aim of this study was to explore motivations underpinning aggression among men detained within conditions of high security. Thirty men residing at a high secure psychiatric hospital completed self-report measures, including the Aggression Motivation Questionnaire, Revised EXPAGG and Barratt Impulsiveness Scale-IIr. The Historical items...
Thesis
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Doctoral thesis. School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, Lancashire, UK. Supervisors: Professor Jane Ireland & Professor Janice Abbott

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This research aims to identify [for crisis respondents]: - Mental health problems, including protective and risk factors; - Factors that prevent/encourage support-seeking; - Appropriate intervention and support. To identify for family members [of crisis respondents]: - Psychological impact on them (e.g. secondary trauma symptoms); - Factors that impact on resilience to secondary trauma symptoms; - Appropriate intervention and support. To identify for professional support staff: - Their knowledge of mental health problems when exposed to crisis situations; - Factors that impact on resilience to crisis; - Appropriate intervention and support.
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The goal is to further explore and understand factors contributing to the vulnerability for radicalisation in secure forensic settings (SFS; e.g., prisons or forensic hospitals). This project is not focusing on already convicted extremist offenders, but on individuals that present other criminal backgrounds and might have the potential to become affiliated with an extremist organisation or ideology.
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Key objectives for this research are to identify (for crisis respondents), • Mental health problems when exposed to crisis situations; • Protective factors against such problems; • Risk factors that aggravate mental health problems; • Factors that prevent/encourage support-seeking; • The nature of support suitable; • Appropriate treatment/intervention; • The difference between responses to natural disasters and violence; • If the number of and/or type of exposure impacts.