Lesley Laver

Lesley Laver

  • 01202 965694
  • llaver at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Demonstrator in Psychology
  • Poole House P104d, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Having initially graduated in Law (LLB Hons) at Southampton University in 2005, Lesley worked both as a paralegal and as an advocate for vulnerable adults and children in a variety of contexts for six years. In 2011, she embarked upon requalification as a Forensic Psychologist, completing a Graduate Conversion Certificate (London Metropolitan University) and Graduate Conversion Diploma in Psychology (University of Winchester). In 2012 she became a Demonstrator in Psychology at Bournemouth University and has since completed a Masters in Forensic Psychology at the University of Portsmouth (2014). She teaches a variety of psychological topics, with a focus on forensic psychology, and is particularly interested in the involvement of young people in the Criminal Justice System. Lesley works closely with police forces, legal practitioners and other academics in the legal and psychological fields to better understand the effects of the police interview process on children. She is currently working towards a PhD, developing assessment tools for children held in Police custody...



Lesley’s research focusses on the police interview process in respect to juvenile suspects of crime. Her current project explores a variety of vulnerabilities predicted to interfere with a child’s ability to understand their rights and engage with the police interview. She works closely with the police, legal actors and juvenile suspects to better understand their roles in the interview and how understanding and engagement can be improved. Her recent book chapter, Children as Suspects, considers the multi-agency dynamics inherent in the management of juvenile suspects. Her project is currently developing assessment and screening tools for young people entering custody and in the UK, targets Dorset and Hampshire Force areas in the first instance. Further afield, the project also spans Belgium and the Netherlands, and has received input from the USA, Singapore, Israel and Thailand.

Lesley, together with Ching-Yu Huang, will be hosting an International Symposium on the Interviewing of Vulnerable Suspects on the 28th of February and 1st of March 2018. To contribute, attend, or simply discuss an interest in training or collaboration, please email llaver@bournemouth.ac.uk



  • Laver, L., 2014. Barriers to Change in Resistant Offenders. Master's Thesis. Psychology Department, University of Portsmouth.

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Forensic Psychology Project

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Psychology Project
  • Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Investigative Psychology
  • Applied Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Clinical Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Personality, Intelligence and Social Psychology
  • Experimental Methods and Statistical Analysis
  • Developmental and Applied Psychology
  • Controversies, Issues and Psychological Skills
  • Biological & Cognitive Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology

Invited Lectures

  • Police Psychological Services Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore., 29 Jul 2016 more
  • Advanced Police Interview Training., Dorset Police Force Headquarters, 20 Mar 2017 more
  • New Perspectives on Risk and Rehabilitation, University of Portsmouth, UK, 05 Feb 2016 more
  • Prepared for Anything: Self Defence Workshop, Southampton, UK., 05 Mar 2017 more
  • Children, Justice and Communication Conference, University of Portsmouth, 05 May 2017 more
  • University of Antwerp, Belgium, 07 Nov 2017 more


  • Children as Suspects of Crime (BU Co-Creation, 01 Nov 2017). In Progress
  • Screening for vulnerability in juvenile suspect interviews (International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG), 01 Oct 2017). In Progress

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • BU Forensic Psychology stand at the Security and Policing Home Office Exhibition
  • An invited talk/training session for the Singapore Police Psychological Services Division, Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • An invited talk at a women's self defence seminar, to assist women with the early identification of unhealthy relationships.
  • A round-table discussion with police advanced suspect interview trainees about the appropriateness and utility of the Appropriate Adult.

Conference Presentations

  • 25th Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, Protecting child suspects: International approaches to the investigation of juvenile crime., 14 Jun 2016, Hilton Brighton Metropole, East Sussex, UK
  • The use of mobile eye-tracking in evaluating retail store design., 2nd International Colloquium on Design, Branding and Marketing., 09 Dec 2014, Nottingham Trent University, Nottinghamshire, UK
  • BPS Wessex Branch Student Conference, Barriers to change in resistant offenders: Obstacles in the change process., 10 May 2014, University of Guildford, Surrey, UK
  • Children, Justice and Communication., Inside the mind of a child suspect., 05 May 2017, University of Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
  • The 24th Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, Barriers to change in resistant offenders: Attachment as a predictor of change readiness., 03 Jul 2015, University of Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK


  • LLB (Hons) in Law (University of Southampton, 2005)
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology Conversion Diploma (University of Winchester, 2012)
  • MSc in Forensic Psychology (University of Portsmouth, 2015)


  • Vice-Chancellor's Staff Award (Bournemouth University, 2014)


  • » International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (IIIRG), Member,
  • British Psychological Society: Division of Forensic Psychology, Member,
  • Centre for Behaviour Change, Bournemouth University, Member,

External Media and Press

Broadcast Interview

  • ITV Meridian News, Eye-tracking and consumer behaviour.
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