Dr Lucy Markson

Visiting Scholar

Research Associate - The FAIR study

Dr Markson joined the Institute in 2009 as a Research Assistant working on the Fathers in Prison study. Subsequently, she was awarded an ESRC funded studentship and obtained a PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Cambridge, and is now a Research Associate on the ESRC funded third wave of the Fathers in Prison study (now called the Fathers and Imprisonment Research - FAIR - study). Dr Markson’s recent research focusses on the impact of paternal imprisonment on families. She is also interested in the role of psychology in prisons.

Dr Markson is a chartered and registered forensic psychologist and is employed by HMPPS’s psychology service.


  • Lanskey, C., Lösel, F., Markson, L., and Souza, K. (forthcoming). Prisoners' families and punishment creep. In: R. Condry, & P. Scharff-Smith (Eds)., Prisons, Punishment and the Family: Towards a New Sociology of Punishment, Oxford University Press. Oxford: OUP.
  • Lanskey, C., Lösel, F., Markson, L., and Souza, K. (forthcoming). Noticeable by their Absence? Prisoners' Families and Criminological Research. In: M. Hutton, & D. Moran (Eds.), Handbook on Prison and the Family. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Souza, K. A., Lanskey, C., Markson, L., & Losel, F. (under review). Prisoners’ partners: questioning caring stereotypes. In: M. Hutton & D. Moran (Eds.), Handbook on Prison and the Family. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Lanskey, C., Lösel, F., Markson, L., & Souza, K. (2016) Children's contact with their imprisoned father and the father-child relationship after his release. Families, Relationships and Societies 5(1) 43-58.

  • Lanskey C., Lösel. F, Markson, L., & Souza, K. (2015) Re-framing the analysis: a 3-dimensional perspective of prisoners' children's well-being. Children and Society 29(5) 484-494.
  • Markson, L., Lamb, M. E., & Lösel, F. (2015). The impact of contextual family risks on prisoners' children's behavioural outcomes and the potential protective role of family functioning moderators. European Journal of Developmental Psychology. doi/full/10.1080/17405629.2015.1050374.
  • Markson, L., Lösel, F., Souza, K. A., & Lanskey, C. (2015). Male prisoners’ family relationships and resilience in resettlement. Criminology & Criminal Justice. doi: 10.1177/1748895814566287
  • Buchanan, H., Markson, L., Bertrand, E., Greaves, S., Parmar, R., & Paterson, K. B. (2014). Effects of social gaze on visual-spatial imagination. Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition.

  • Souza, K. A., Lösel, F., Markson, L., & Lanskey, C. (2013). Pre-release expectations and post-release experiences of prisoners and their (ex-)partners. Legal and Criminological Psychology. doi:10.1111/lcrp.12033
  • Lösel, F., Pugh, G., Markson, L., Souza, K. A., & Lanskey, C. (2012). Risk and Protective Factors in the Resettlement of Imprisoned Fathers with their Families. Milton: Ormiston Children and Families Trust.
  • Markson, L., Woodhams, J., & Bond, J. (2010). Linking serial residential burglary: comparing the utility of Modus Operandi behaviours, geographical proximity, and temporal proximity. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 7, 91-107.
  • Markson, L., & Paterson, K. (2009). Effects of gaze aversion on visual-spatial imagination. British Journal of Psychology, 100, 553-563.