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Dr Terri Cole

  • tcole at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Principal Academic In Forensic Psychology
  • Poole House P116, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I am a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology. I completed my undergraduate BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Criminal Justice from the University of Plymouth in 1999. Within this I undertook a placement year with the National Crime Faculty at Bramshill Police College, where I returned upon graduation, working in the Serious Crime Analysis Section as an Assistant Analyst and then as a Serious Crime Analyst until 2002. I then succeeded in gaining a position there as a Behavioural Investigative Adviser (and latterly Senior Behavioural Investigative Adviser). My role entailed attending incident rooms and crime scenes advising serious crime investigations throughout the UK (predominantly stranger murder, rape and serious sexual offences) in relation to offender profiling, behavioural crime scene assessment, offence linkage and prioritisation of persons of interest to the investigation.

In 2010 I completed a PhD from the University of Surrey entitled "Behavioural Investigative Advice in Difficult to Detect Murders; a Pragmatic Psychological Approach" which was a mixed methods design asking Senior Investigating Officers what they wanted from Behavioural Investigative Advisers, and exploring how, using data from previous cases, we could most reliably provide this information to them...


Journal Articles


  • 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.


  • 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.

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Forensic Psychology - Psychology Level 6
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology - Forensic Science Level 4

Conference Presentations

  • 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-),

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