Terri Cole

Dr Terri Cole

  • Principal Academic In Forensic Psychology
  • Poole House P116, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I am a Principal Academic in Forensic Psychology. My main role at BU is as Programme Leader for the Investigative Forensic Psychology Masters Course. The course was designed based upon my experience working in practice, alongside the theoretical requirements underpinning the field. It is investigative focussed - so looks from crime scene to court room rather than beyond. I also lecture on some of our undergraduate units.

Research wise I supervise many Masters and PhD students and attempt to conduct my own research. This has a focus on sexual violence and current project have included diversion for domestic violence perpetrators and abuse of position for sexual gain (initially within the police service). We have strong links with Dorset Police and work on research in conjunction with partners/pragmatic considerations - as such much of our work is applied, and of use for practitioners.

I completed my undergraduate BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Criminal Justice from the University of Plymouth in 1999...


Journal Articles


  • McAlaney, J., Hills, P.J. and Cole, T., 2024. Forensic Perspectives on Cybercrime Human Behaviour and Cybersecurity. Taylor & Francis.
  • Brown, J., Shell, Y. and Cole, T., 2023. Revealing Rape’s Many Voices: Differing Roles, Reactions and Reflections.
  • Brown, J., Shell, Y. and Cole, T., 2015. Forensic Psychology Theory, research, policy and practice. SAGE.


  • Cole, T. and Brown, J., 2011. What do Senior Investigating Police Officers want from Behavioural Investigative Advisers? In: Alison, L. and Rainbow, L., eds. Professionalising Offender Profiling. Oxon: Routledge, 191-201.
  • Cole, T. and Brown, J., 2011. What do senior investigating police officers want from behavioural investigative advisers? Professionalizing Offender Profiling: Forensic and Investigative Psychology in Practice. 191-205.


  • Healy, J., Cole, T. and Hylton, G., 2019. Evaluating the (best) use of Stop and Search: Police Officer Perspectives. In: British Society of Criminology annual conference 3-5 July 2019 University of Lincoln.
  • Cole, T., 2018. Abuse of police powers for sexual gain. In: Tackling Police Corruption in Partnership 5 November 2018 Worchester, UK.
  • Cole, T., 2018. KEY NOTE SPEECH Forensic Psychology: Its usefulness in serious crime investigation. In: International Conference on Current Trends in Forensic Sciences, Forensic Medicine and Toxicology 26-28 October 2018 Pimpri, Pune, India.
  • Cole, T. and Elliot, K., 2017. Sexual misconduct amongst police employees. In: Professional Standards and Ethics National Conference 27-28 November 2017 Stratford Upon Avon.
  • Cole, T., 2017. Sexual misconduct amongst police employees - identifying key indicators to preduct abuse of powers for sexual gain. In: South Regional Policing Corruption conference 6 July 2017 Portishead, Bristol, UK.
  • Cole, T., 2016. What is Forensic Psychology. In: London Student Conference Series 27 June 2016 Parkstone Grammar School.
  • Cole, T., 2016. Improving Crime Analysis in Policing. In: Division of Forensic Psychology British Psychological Society Annual Conference 14-16 June 2016 Brighton.
  • Cole, T., 2016. The Myths and Realities of Offender Profiling. In: Wessex Branch of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Annual Student Conference 23 April 2016 Bournemouth University.
  • Cole, T., 2016. How can academia help you? In: Major Incident Analyst Forum 16-17 March 2016 Heathrow.



PhD Students

  • Fay Sweeting, 2022. Sexual misconduct in police officers: development of a risk assessment tool for the early identification of police officers and staff who abuse their positions for a sexual purpos, (In progress)
  • Rachel Skinner, 2022. Cyber-Sexism and Sexual Assault: Impact and a Step Towards Intervention., (In progress)
  • Elie Chrabrieh, 2022. The Creation and Validation of an Actuarial Lebanese Risk Assessment Tool, (In progress)
  • Laura Preedy-Maher, 2024. Exploring abuse against children in educational organisations: The role of organisational and individual factors, (In progress)
  • Chloe Smith, 2025. Experiences of those within minority sexuality and gender groups of domestic abuse and isolation, (In progress)
  • Debbie Persuad, 2022. Is time of the essence - time estimation in victims of rape and sexual assault, (On hold)

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Investigative Psychology
  • Professional Practice and Court Skills

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Forensic Psychology - Psychology Level 6
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology - Forensic Science Level 4
  • Developmental and Applied Psychology

Invited Lectures

  • Psychology in Serious Crime Investigations, University of Exeter, 15 Mar 2022 more

Conference Presentations

  • Indian Association of Medico-Legal Experts, Psychological crime scene assessment and offence linkage: A UK rape case study, 11 Sep 2019, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Asian Conference of Criminal and Operations Psychology, Sexual misconduct amongst police employees – predicting abuse of powers for sexual gain, 09 Jul 2019, Singapore
  • Indian Association of Medico-Legal Experts, Forensic Psychology: Its usefulness in Serious Crime Investigation, 24 Oct 2018, Pune, India
  • Celebration of Joanna Adler - Inaugural Lecture, Sexual Violence, 12 Jun 2013, Middlesex University
  • Sexual Violence, Behavioural investigative advice for sexual crimes: Useful or not?, 08 Sep 2011, Middlesex University
  • Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, Current developments in behavioural advice to serious crime investigations, 23 Jul 2007, University of York
  • Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, History and Development of Behavioural Investigative Advice, 23 Mar 2005, Coventry University


  • PhD in BIA in difficult to detect murders (Univeristy of Surrey, 2010)
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Criminal Justice (University of Plymouth, 1999)


  • BPS Division of Forensic Psychology, Member (1995-),
  • British Psychological Society, Member (1995-),

External Media and Press